Our History

Wayne presenting prizes at the annual sports tournament
Wayne presenting prizes at the annual sports tournament

Andean Alliance is a Peruvian Non-Governmental Organization founded in 2003 by two Canadians whose lives have brought them to live in a small indigenous community in the high Andes of Peru.  Wayne Lamphier completed his graduate studies in environmental sciences (University of Calgary, Canada) by assisting the development of the first park management plan at Huascaran National Park, Peru.  His professional work as a socio-environmental consultant later brought him and his wife Diana Morris back to the Andean region of South America where they’ve lived since 1995.  Diana brings 25 years of experience in teaching and hotel/restaurant management to the area.

Diana at Rivas School
Diana at Rivas School

In 2003 Wayne and Diana returned to live permanently in the Huaraz area purchasing property near the small indigenous community of Tukipayoc and constructing a small bed and breakfast called The Lazy Dog Inn (LDI).  The Lazy Dog was constructed of local materials using entirely local community labour. In its five years of operations the LDI has provided a significant boost to local family incomes resulting from the jobs and labour income created.

Diana manages the Lazy Dog Inn while directing the education programs and community development initiatives of Andean Alliance on a day to day basis including the guidance and supervision of Andean Alliance volunteers. Wayne continues to work throughout Peru on social and environmental consulting assignments balancing his time at home working on Andean Alliance projects.