About Juan Ruben Aguirre Gomez
Hello My Friends,
As some of you may know, my story begins when my parents moved to Cusco from a farming community to give myself and 6 siblings the opportunity for a better life. Being put to work at the age of 7, I made a miniscule living by selling souvenirs to tourist on the streets. While working long hours and not getting very far financially, I realized that it was much easier to become a guide and help tourists explore Cusco from a local’s perspective. At the age of 11, I happened to meet a woman from Unicef in Peru, who approached me to make a video of my life, documenting my day to day endeavors and also showcasing the history of Peru and its people. During the same time I happened to meet a generous Italian man by the name of Bruno Zolla and his wife Stephanie who were visiting Cusco. They were interested in seeing the public school system and I offered to take them to my school. They saw something in me that no one else saw before, and that was potential. They told me that if I went to a better school that I would have the opportunity to further my education and make something out of my life. Through their kind generosity, they offered to pay for my education at a private school for the duration of my high school studies.
I knew that the only thing that was going to change my life was education. So after I finished high school I decided that I wanted to become a professional tour guide and that was how I began my career, working for Go South Adventures. Through this agency, they gave me the opportunity to enhance my qualifications and study Wilderness First Aid at Puget Sound University.
In 2006 I had the opportunity to guide a big group of 16 individuals from Seattle on an expedition, including Joshua Fant (Founder of North Pacific Properties) who ended up inviting me back to the US for a visit. It was during this time when my dreams started to become a reality. I met Kathy Larsdotter and her family who after hearing my story decided that instead of exchanging gifts for Christmas with one another they wanted to sponsor some children in Peru. After a few years of their kind donations towards the children, the idea came to me to build a high school so that the children being sponsored would be able to further their education. Then I met Mark Lane who wanted to be part of my project. The idea was to build a boarding school and he wanted to be part of this vision. After doing some research into how much land was necessary I discovered I would need more if this was to become a reality. I would need 1100 meters instead of the 300 meters that I initially thought.
I would like to say thank you to the people who have put their trust in me and have helped me along the way. Brent Lane, Brittany Lane, Kathy Larsdotter and her family, Karin Bergeron, Martin Falkenberg Larsen, and my Canadian partner in this project Darlene Hintzen who have all contributed to my fundraising goal and who have helped me the purchase the initial 800 meter of land in Ollantaytambo.
My next goal is to raise a further $24 000 US to purchase the remaining 300 meters necessary for the project. In order to reach this goal I ask for your assistance and generosity in helping reach this dream of mine. Any donations, small or large, will be a step closer to helping the children in Peru receive a better education and quality of life.
Thank you for time and if you would like to know more about this project, and how you can contribute to make this dream a reality, I can be contacted my email at email@example.com.
How to Donate to help build the school:
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