Welcome... By design, our site connects you to "real" people who live in the poverty stricken areas of rural Peru, people I have worked, lived, shared meals, and laughed with, families I've shed tears over as I studied their living conditions during my journeys to Peru over the past four years. My heart is deeply connected to my Peruvian "friends." As you journey through our site, I encourage you to reflect and to "connect" with our efforts. ~ Randy Jeppesen, Project Compassion Coordinator

Advancing education through information technology
HectareMax
Improving life through advancements in farming and agriculture
Microfinance
Reducing poverty through life-changing micro loans to students and families
Wellness
Improving health and living conditions because every life matters
PovertyAware
Enhancing awareness of world poverty through instruction
Grade school kids sitting in front of computers for the first time, eyes like silver dollars, smiles like they've never smiled, eager to learn how to use a mouse, change fonts, copy/paste, and later... PowerPoint and website design. Among kids who live in mudbrick homes, eating potatoes for supper, dinner, and breakfast, what a heartwarming sight...

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$300 - You could possibly buy groceries for a month for a family or make a monthly car payment, or maybe even put a new set of tires on your car. Or a Peruvian family could borrow that same $300, build a barn for their guinea pig business, create the necessary pens, prepare a field to plant pasture, and purchase 10-12 quality breeding stock for their start up business. Micro isn't minute in Peru.

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I've lived in poverty, ate their meals, worked next to them in their fields, hugged them as my friends, spent hours devising ways to improve their opportunities to create a better life for themselves... Poverty has never been as real as it is when you live among it. PovertyAware brings students as close as possible to living among poverty and it motivates them to do their part to give those families a better life.

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Training operators for the new walking tractor, enabling them to step forward nearly a hundred years, supplying quality seed and recommended fertilizers making it possible to exceed current yields by 3-4 times, custom-building implements to meet their special, small-scale farming needs, witnessing families who are creating a better life for themselves - it's all part of HectareMax.

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Potato soup for dinner, supper, and breakfast every day, meals prepared in a dirt floor kitchen over an open flame in the corner with no ventilation, waking up to freezing temps in your bedroom because you have no heat, walking everywhere because you can't afford even a bicycle, working in the fields barefoot, drinking water that who knows what stepped in up stream - there's so much room for improvement.

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