CEDNA is a self-sustaining non-profit organization that promotes better socioeconomic conditions for the Peruvian people through equity and social inclusion.
CEDNA is a self-sustaining non-profit organization that promotes better socioeconomic conditions for the Peruvian people through equity and social inclusion. Using sustainable development and skill-based education, we aim to work with low-income children, adolescents, and adults to improve their quality of life.
The program first began in 2003 with a partnership between Dutch Cora Staats and Peruvian economist Alberto Carpio. The two, both passionate about the beautiful Cusco region, dreamed of of economically empowering local communities through sustainable, long-lasting techniques. Rather than providing handouts, they wanted to create opportunities for intelligent young Peruvians in low-income areas. The project grew out of support from the Cora and Alberto’s friend and family, and today runs various self-sustaining programs that work to diminish Childhood malnourishment, teach young adults important professional skills, and provide job opportunities to low-income single mothers.
Today, CEDNA invites visitors from around the world to their high quality kitchen-classroom, to learn how to cook like a local. The fun and engaging experience will not only teach you Peruvian cooking skills, but also help support the organization's continuing efforts toward improving lifes in the Cusco area.
Economically empowering local people around the Cusco region through sustainable development. From culinary programs, small business courses, and tourism certifications we give low income Cusquenas the tools they need to suceed. We love Cusco and our dream is to use the power and passions of local people to help make it a better place to live.
We'd love to travel around Peru to taste all the many flavors that the country has to offer. From the jungle, the coast, to the Andes mountains right here in Cusco, the country is rich with flavors. We'd love to taste them all.