How is a six-day trek through the Andes Mountains helping to build a school?
This October, nine people from around the U.S. are going on a life-changing adventure through EMM and Steep Adventures. On Peru’s 17,000-foot-high Ausangate Trek, they’ll hike for miles each day, spend cold nights sleeping in tents, and drink coca tea each morning to cope with the altitude!
Why are these hikers spending their own time, money, and energy on such a tough trek?
Because they’re inspired to help the PROMESA school – and they want to inspire you to help, too!
Short-term EMM worker Ryan Sommers, who served as a teacher at the PROMESA school, hikes high above a Peruvian valley. Photos provided by Ryan and Kristie Sommers unless otherwise indicated.
PROMESA is a K–11 Peruvian Mennonite school committed to giving local children a high-quality, discrimination-free, Christian education. At PROMESA, children at risk of being pressured or bullied in the public school system – including kids from indigenous or evangelical families – find a safe and healthy learning environment.
Now in its twelfth year, PROMESA has grown to almost 300 students. Although the school doesn’t want to turn any child away, it’s outgrown the local Mennonite church building where it has always met. Now PROMESA needs a building of its own! (Learn more about the new building here.)
Elementary students at PROMESA eat lunch outside together.
Here’s how you can help:
1. Sponsor a trekker
The six trekkers are embarking on this strenuous hike to raise awareness and funds for PROMESA’s new building. Altogether, they hope to raise $80,000 to construct a road and a bridge connecting PROMESA’s new building site with the outside world. Sponsor any trekker through his/her GroupRev page, and your gift will go toward the new school!
2. Give directly
You can give directly to PROMESA’s new facilities here.
3. Spread the word!
Share this page with everyone you know!
An image from a virtual walkthrough created by Engineering Ministries International to showcase the design for PROMESA’s new building. Photo provided by Engineering Ministries International.