Walter Meekes

Founder and Director of HoPe Foundation, Holland, Peru

HoPe Holanda Perú is a non-profit civil association working since 1991 in the department of Cusco, Peru. The aim of HoPe is support people in disadvantaged situations in their private and social development, respecting and promoting cultural plurality. HoPe promotes a stimulating and emancipatory process within Andean rural communities. The communities themselves design and execute their programs in their own way and on the basis of the affirmation of their own culture. They choose their way to connect with the generally applicable society. That is why the starting point is the ‘tinkuy’ or communal meeting to reach agreements on the priorities they have based on their vision of development.