Poverty reduction and the creation of sustainable employment through the promotion of tourism in the indigenous communities of the Ancash region
| 15/05/2007 13:00 |
Diocese Commission of Social Pastoral Service (Comision Diocesana de Servicio Pastoral Social (CODISPAS)
No alms. Drawing by Plantu.
CODISPAS has developed this project in order to reduce the poverty levels in our region by providing new sources of income for indigenous communities through rural experiential tourism. We will accomplish this through training indigenous youth and families to provide services to tourists, promote conservation of the environment as well as indigenous customs and traditional foods, and establish a tourist circuit among select rural communities. We intend to use the project as a mechanism to reinvest the generated earnings from the annual arrival of approximately 50,000 tourists to the Ancash region back into the indigenous communities, using the funds to develop the knowledge base and skills of the region's rural populations. In particular, we intend to use the project to facilitate the growth of business initiatives among indigenous communities through their education on the qualitative and quantitative components and complexity of tourist activity.