Merging ancient knowledge and traditions of the Andes with sustainability practices
The Kusi Kawsay Association, seeks to empower the children, youth and adults of Indigenous communities in the Sacred Valley near Cusco, Peru through the creation and support of permanent, multidisciplinary programs through its Andean school, community-produced videos, cultural center, workshops, traditional music and dance group, radio broadcasts, and cultural exchanges with other Indigenous communities.
Kusi Kawsay Andean School is a self-governed and non- profit school rooted in Andean tradition that empowers economically challenged children from Pisac region to become confident, free young adults and leaders of the future whose aim is to make the World a better place. We are a coeducational, independent school serving Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Kusi Ñan is an Organic Farm project created by the graduates of the Kusi Kawsay Andean School. Following the Kusi Kawsay education, the first graduates (2012) were motivated to revitalize and reclaim their culture by contributing to their community as agents of change. Now in its sixth year, Kusi Ñan serves as a model for Climate Change adaptation and mitigation!
Ñawpa Ñan means ‘Ancient Path’ in Quechua. This cultural work began in 1993, fourteen years before Pachamama’s Path came into being, and the amazing grassroots work throughout these years still serves as the strong foundation of our Sumak Kawsay (Good Living) philosophy, present in all the projects that have come to fruition since.