Give Back - Buy a Backpack!
Peru Kids

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
- Nelson Mandela

Each year hundreds of families migrate to the city of Tacna, Peru in search of work and better prospects. The hard reality is that most children of these families are either made to work or sent back to their villages. With basic school supplies costing over $50 per child, for families with two or three children, education is a luxury.  

The children in most of these families will never go to school; they cannot afford to. 


Our project in Tacna, Peru - Give Back, Buy a Backpack, was started in 2010 with the aim of funding school supplies for 10 students. The schools in this neighborhood do not have the resources to provide these to the children. A backpack containing basic stationery, recreation and hygiene supplies for an entire year goes a long way towards keeping these children in school. Our annual fundraiser held at the popular Peruvian restaurant, Machu Picchu in Somerville, MA benefits this program.


A chance encounter with a young entrepreneur in 2012 marked a turning point in the course of our program and the beginning of a wonderful relationship. The Nazca Line Apparel team, headed by founder Dan Barrenchea offered an ample donation which enabled us to support 60 children for the 2013 school year -double the number we had hoped to achieve. In addition, they pledged to donate 5% of all sales towards AlliancExchange.   


On September 18th 2013 at our fundraiser for the children of Peru, we witnessed a renewal of their commitment towards the cause; a generous donation and wonderful stories to share about their visit to Peru, where they had taken the time to meet and get to know the children we support.   


If you would like to help a child from Peru, go to our Donate page for information on sending a check or online payment. Each backpack for the year costs $50, but donations in any amount for this program are welcome.

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