Alpacas are fundamental to Q’ero life! Many die each year due to the severe winter weather in the Andes. Heart Walk Foundation has made a significant commitment to partnering with Q’ero villages to create sustainable improvements in alpaca farming.
For centuries the mountain people have depended on alpaca hair to spin into yarns for weaving their clothing, blankets, bags, and ropes necessary for survival. The women also weave exquisite textiles for use in spiritual ceremonies and to sell as a principle source of family income. Over its lifetime, each female alpaca can give birth to 5 or more baby alpacas, or crias, which can be sold to supplement the family income.
Help our partnership with the Q’ero to build alpaca shelters to protect this vital cultural resource. A donation of just $25.00 saves one alpaca by providing shelter for life. Donate now to save Q’ero alpacas!
Please help Heart Walk Foundation fund shelters to protect the alpacas in every village. One barn will shelter as many as 40 alpacas and costs just under $1000.00. This translates to just $25.00 to save the life of one precious Q’ero alpaca from harsh Andean winter cold. This cost includes all materials and the costs of a large 4×4 truck to transport materials across the rugged mountains on a narrow track to the isolated Q’ero communities. Villagers carry the materials on their backs across the mountains to each building site and do all the labor themselves.
Heart Walk Foundation’s recent successes saving many Q’ero alpacas has ignited our passion to reach an important goal — to build enough shelters to protect all alpacas in the remote mountain Q’ero villages!
Save the Alpacas to Protect Q’ero Culture
In the last 10 years severe winter weather in the region has caused an increase in alpaca deaths and widespread miscarriages.
Three years ago, 20% of the herds died from the severe cold and snow in the Quico and Hapu territories in a single day.
Heart Walk Foundation donors sponsored the construction of 8 alpaca barns in 2015!
HWF donors purchased 8 special breeding alpacas to improve the herds.
Breaking It Down
$25.00 saves the life on one alpaca
$100.00 saves the life of four alpacas
$500.00 saves the life of 20 alpacas
$1000.00 builds a permanent barn to shelter 40 alpaca
Your charitable donation to save Q'ero alpacas is tax deductible.