Amantani is an Anglo Peruvian NGO, which works to help children from marginalised Quechua families to access education, stimulating social development for Peru’s most disadvantaged communities. Together with our friends at Andina restaurant in London, we have created Meet My World; a participatory film campaign developed by indigenous children from the Andes of Peru.
Perception of life in developing countries is distorted by not-for-profit organisations that fail to mention the positive aspects of life in the communities they support. This approach reinforces racial stereotypes, and comes at a cost to developing communities that isn’t being accounted for. We want to address this historical imbalance, moving away from pity and assumptions of cultural superiority, towards reciprocal connections based on respect and common understanding.
Our Meet My World project allows young people to define how they are portrayed. We simply help them to write and present their own films in which they can teach people all over the world the traditional skills and knowledge from their communities.