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 with elements of Waldorf pedagogy that empowers economically challenged children from Pisac region to become confident young adults and leaders for the future. We are a coeducational school accredited by the Ministry of Education of Peru, serving Kindergarten through High School.
Kusi Ñan is an Organic Farm created by the graduates of the Kusi Kawsay Andean School. Inspired by their Kusi Kawsay education, the first graduates (2012) were motivated to revitalize and reclaim their culture by contributing to their community as agents of change. Kusi Ñan serves as a model for Climate Change adaptation and mitigation.
Ñawpa Ñan means ‘Ancient Path’ in Quechua. This amazing grassroots cultural work throughout the years still serves as a strong foundation of our Sumak Kawsay (Buen Vivir / Good Living) philosophy, present in all the projects that have come to fruition since.