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Primary and secondary schools have regularly been destroyed in Israeli raids on Palestinian
settlements in the Gaza Strip. Sometimes they are deliberately targeted because they
are believed to be the meeting-
Cuzco, high in the Peruvian Andes, was the capital of the Inca empire destroyed by the Spaniards in the sixteenth century. The Inca tradition of weaving from llama, alpaca, vicuña and guanaco wool continues today in the impoverished villages surrounding Cuzco. CADEP, a local organization, provides a covered market for the weavers in the centre of Cuzco, greatly increasing their sales. CADEP takes 10 per cent of the profits from the weavers and uses the money to teach the brightest of the villagers to read and write in Quechua and Spanish and to pass on their skills to others, so spreading literacy through the province. Profits from The Snake and the Condor, Robert Southam's second novel, are being used to help finance this teacher training project.
Migrants from the desperately poor country areas of Peru converge on the capital
in the hope of finding a better life there. Instead, they find even greater poverty.
Two million Peruvians live in cardboard shelters in the shanty-
Infant mortality in Africa could be reduced by more than half if villages had a supply of clean water. Water Aid (www.wateraid.org.uk) is an excellent organization digging wells and latrines and providing pumping equipment, clean water and sanitation for villages in the worst affected areas of Africa. Through its contributions fm Oxford has so far brought sanitation and clean water to three villages in Uganda and plans to do the same for many more rural communities throughout the continent.
Michael Wilkerson is a former Oxford undergraduate who was recently awarded the Vice-
Helen Lieberman was one of the bravest and most active white opponents of South African apartheid, who risked her life creating schools in black townships Whites were prohibited from entering. Apartheid ended more than fifteen years ago but schools are still needed and Helen Lieberman's work continues. Visit www.ikamva.com
The profits from our tour of Athol Fugard's My Children! My Africa! will be used to create a school in Eastern Cape.