The Church and the Community

During the Virgen del Carmen Festival, the statue of the Virgen del Carmen is paraded through the streets of Paucartambo. The rest of the year, the statue resides in the Nuestra Señora del Rosario church.

In Paucartambo, as in many towns in Peru, the church plays a significant role in the community—not just as a house of worship, but as a community center that helps with the health and well-being of its citizens. Often, the church is called upon to help with a community’s most pressing issues.

In the case of Paucartambo, that means providing assistance to the city’s children, who suffer from infections. Layer a high rate of malnutrition on top of the infection, and the Nuestra Señora del Rosario church has its work cut out for it. The church provides financial assistance to help pay for basic food items such as rice and sugar.

This summer, The Explorer’s Passage (TEP) and Explorandes will be leading guests on a 9-day Andean adventure that will include a visit to the Carmen Del Virgen festival in Paucartambo. The organizations will be donating 10% of the sales of that trip to the Nuestra Señora del Rosario church. TEP and Explorandes will work closely with Nuestra Señora del Rosario church to provide financial assistance for health care services, as well as some basic nutritional staples for the children in Paucartambo.

“We are happy to support the Nuestra Señora del Rosario church, and all its good works for the community,” says Jeff Bonaldi of The Explorer’s Passage. “The people of Paucartambo provide so much goodness to the world. We are glad to work with Explorandes to give back some of their warmth and generosity.”

If you would like to take this trip with The Explorer’s Passage, and thus support the children of Paucartambo, please see the trip here.