Andean Alliance

strengthen the educational and economic base of Andean communities

Yurac Yacu


Yurac Yacu Community Development Center

The Yurac Yacu Community Development Center houses educational rooms and small community businesses that generate income for local families and help fund ongoing education and skills training programs for local residents. The building of the center has been organized by Andean Alliance.

Local residents provided labor for their center and worked hand in hand with various volunteer groups who have come over the years to lend not only a helping hand but to also bring much needed donations to purchase materials. It would have been impossible to reach completion without all of this help.


The Yurac Yacu education centre at the foot of the Cordillera Blanca. Nevado Churup (5493m) cliffs the sky.

Centro educativo Yurac Yacu


Building the Yurac Yacu Community Development Center


The main structure for the Café was finished in 2013. Now, in 2014, we are finishing the outer “Chosas”, grass roofed eating areas and other sheltered spaces for shade and wind protection. The final module is planned for completion this year. This will house the kiosk for the young local guides and the kiosk for the Women’s knitting group. Planned volunteer groups for this summer are arriving with much enthusiasm on donation to help complete this. The café will be open for business mid June 2014.

Tearing down the wall for the new storage room.

Tearing down the wall for the new storage room. 


Construction site above the terrace of the Yurac Yacu Café. Building Chosas and a herb and flower garden.

The wooden lounges are built out of wood, bamboo and straw.


2012 and 2013

Cafe and kitchen construction





Library construction



Breaking Ground and the first Educational Module



Inauguration of new education center

Construction of the first module of the Community Development Center (the Education Center) was completed in 2010 with inauguration of the Center held on December 4th.

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