VIDA - Peru

Hey everyone! I have some really exciting news. I've been asked to go down to Moralillos, Peru to help with a humanitarian project and be the project's official documentarian. Awesome!
We're going down to a city called Moralillos, and we plan on building four new compost latrines to replace the ONE deep-trench latrine that the city of 560 rely on.

We're also going to help them find a solution for their wells, which are open pools of spring water. As you can imagine, both of these make for highly unsanitary and unhealthy living conditions. Malaria is a problem (they're near the Amazon), and a lot has to do with the open-air springs.

Most importantly, we want to TEACH them how to make these latrines and wells, so they can eventually build one latrine per household.
All the volunteers have been asked to raise $1500 to pay for the project to happen, and I figured I wouldn't try to target just businesses for donations, but get friends, and friends of friends--and even friends of friends' friends--involved in making life better for those less fortunate in their societies. Of course, I don't expect everyone to donate their life savings--generosity is always appreciated, but never should be waried--but even $5 will make a difference. But I also want to ask one other thing of everyone here with a blog: will you put this donation button on your site? I've put the code below, and even if you don't donate, putting this on your site would be AWESOME! For more information on VIDA, the organization I'm going down with, check out http://www.vida4all.org

UPDATE: I have since decided to remove the donation link (people weren't using it, and PayPal sucks). If you would still like to donate, you can make a paypal payment to my e-mail address (t s o e l b e r g A T g m a i l D O T c o m; remove the spaces and put @ for A T and . for D O T), or you can mail me a check written out to VIDA. Address is 1781 Lake St, SLC, UT 84105.


  1. You never cease to amaze me :-)

  2. Hey tyler. This is Kate Packer formally known as kate garrett. How the heck are you. It has been awhile. What are you up too? So I was looking at your blog and I saw that you are going to Peru through VIDA. I went to Brazil with VIDA about 3 years ago. Anywho, my husband and I are interested in volunteering in the next year or so and I tried emailing VIDA off their website and haven't heard back. Do you have a number or a better way I can reach them to find out about upcoming projects. If you could give those to me that would be awesome. My blog is packerparty.blogspot.com. Anywho, thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.