Congratulations to Sustainable Preservation Initiative’s Director of Latin America, Dr. Luis Jaime Castillo Butters, who has been named the Peruvian Minister of Culture! On July 8, 2019, Dr. Castillo Butters was sworn in by President Martin Vizcarra in the nation's capital city of Lima.
More than 90% of the entrepreneurs and artisans with whom we collaborate are women. We are knocked out by these women and their remarkable achievements every single day. We are proud to help them build futures and save pasts, and we salute their remarkable accomplishments.
We are setting up mini-business schools all over Peru and Tanzania for small scale artisans and entrepreneurs. The first two will be at Pachacamac, Peru and Bagamoyo, Tanzania, sites of existing successful SPI projects. And that is only the beginning!
Whether in Peru, Guatemala, Jordan, Tanzania or Bulgaria, these women overcome enormous obstacles every day just to survive. They tell us how their new jobs enable them to feed their families better, keep their children in school, get better access to health care, and give them confidence in all aspects of their lives. Machismo is no joke in many of these communities.
The jewellery of our artisans at the site of Kaminaljuyu in Guatemala is now available online! The Rebirth Kaminaljuyu line was produced by and designed in conjunction with the 12 women cooperative there, drawing upon both their lives and the incredible archaeology and iconography of this urban site. Necklaces, bracelets and more.
We inaugurated an exciting new project at the site of Pachacamac, Peru last month. Twelve women and men, ages 18-22, will be giving bicycle tours of the almost 5 square mile monumental site. We developed an intensive business and bicycling training program, including site knowledge, customer service, bike maintenance, first aid, and management.
We are terribly sad to inform you that our friend and fellow board member Carlos Alberto Arrarte was killed in a car accident last week. He was on the way to a meeting about his great passion "Plan Wallata" a community development project for the town of Ollantaytambo, Peru.
We’re thrilled to announce a new partnership with the National Geographic Society! We will conducting several of our sustainable development and capacity building projects in Peru in association with the GlobalXplorer project.
Lawrence Coben, the Executive Director of Sustainable Preservation Initiative, speaks about economic development of local communities as a means to combat looting of archaeological sites and monuments.
Many of humanity's most important heritage sites co-exist with some of the world's poorest people. These communities damage their sites to survive economically because they have no alternative. Until now...