Peru is a multi-ethnic country, a melting pot that has created a variety of expressions in art, literature, and music. It was home to two of the great ancient civilizations, and while it now boasts the modern urban centers of Lima and Cusco, in many of the small villages the old ways have been preserved and are respected throughout the country.

The community of Ancoto is impoverished, with no sewer system and inadequate drinking water supplies. Inhabitants also suffer malnutrition due to crop shortages. Students work with the school kitchen and greenhouse to provide for hygienic meal preparation and nutritional improvement.