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Team Peru - August 2016

In summer 2016, a group of eight EWB-USU members traveled to La Union, Peru to implement an improved design of the alpaca shelters built during the last trip in 2015 to protect alpacas from harsh weather conditions. While in Peru, the team focused on educating community members on the construction of the shelters, giving guidance in the assembly of the new prototype, which was lighter in design and less costly.

Construction of alpaca shelters

Raising the new prototype

Final shelter product

Team Peru enjoys the shelter with local volunteers

However, the tarp doors were cut short and didn't completely close off the shelter, a design flaw Team Peru quickly fixed. Further efforts were made to reach out to other interested communities. 

Alpacas crossing the road

The shelters will protect alpacas from the elements

Team Peru also did a water quality assessment of community wells. Water samples were collected to test for arsenic, a recurring health concern in the region. Data on each well were gathered to build individual profiles that were used in mapping the locations and potential health threats linked to each one.

Assessing the water quality

Team Peru plans to assess and find solutions to the high arsenic levels in local wells