Into Latin America would like to introduce you to Bothar Ireland, who recently teamed up with us for a fundraising sponsored hike of the Inca Trail, Peru.
Since 1989, Bothar has been helping communities to overcome hunger and poverty by supporting them with livestock farming. It all began with the aim of sending as many dairy cows as possible to Africa, and now works in 35 countries worldwide – with hundreds of projects helping thousands of families. With an emphasis on sustainable development that preserves local environments and strengthens communities, Bothar not only supplies livestock but also training, support and veterinary expertise to farmers of sheep, goats, pigs, guinea pigs and all manner of local livestock worldwide.
Ten Bothar volunteers left Ireland in November after months of hard fundraising and travelled to Peru to take on the challenge of hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. With long days of hiking at altitudes of 4, 000 meters, the Inca Trail is not for everyone. As the organisers of the Bothar group’s Peru trip, Into Latin America were delighted to hear that everyone achieved their goals and walked into Machu Picchu having raised an amazing €30, 000 for Bothar.
The Bothar trip as organized by Into Latin America included optional tours of the Sacred Valley and Cusco, the fully supported Inca Trail trek, all hotels, entrances, transport and return flights from Ireland. We were also delighted to be able to help Bothar arrange a trip to one of the two project areas where they work in Peru.
Just outside of Cusco, in the Anta community, Bothar have been working on the Allin Kusay (good living) project. This supports local families with advice and on farming method and how to gain the best income at local markets. Bothar funds contribute to the purchase of guinea pigs, sheep, irrigation pipes and veterinary medicine. This community visit was a highlight of the Peru trip for the ten fundraisers, ‘It was just amazing to see how the people have progressed with a little help, no amount of words could ever relay the impact that seeing this did for this group. They had fundraised long and hard for this trip and to be able to see exactly was their money would be going on was the best reward any of them could have hoped for,’ said Anne Marie, from Bothar. The group were invited into the home of a family who have benefitted directly from Bothar’s work. With just small donations of pipes and a few guinea pigs, the help of Bothar has turned around the life of this rural family.
‘The trip was wonderful, mystical and magical are the only words to describe it, I felt like I had fallen into a story book or film, it was awesome. Peru is just beautiful. Our whole trip was great… I found the trek great and no bother, some of the participants found the days long and the going tough, but overcame it.’
Into Latin America would like to say well done to everyone involved!