DESEA Peru is a registered Peruvian association based in the town of Calca in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Working with indigenous communities in the adjacent mountains, DESEA Perú has undertaken a comprehensive program of household water treatment and community healthcare.
This community health program involves the operation of bi-weekly clinics in each community by a Canadian nurse and a Peruvian community nurse; engagement of two trained community health workers in each community to assist with family education and community health needs; and on-going education for families, community groups, and schools regarding water filter operation, hygiene and sanitation practices, nutrition, and community health.
Workshops teaching how to construct biosand-water filters are instructed by locally trained residents. This method of teaching allows for the establishment of small-scale enterprises, and families and schools are able to contribute to their own water treatment systems.
DESEA Perú carries out its work in communities irrespective of race, religion, age, and gender.