The Kusi Kawsay Association encourages global awareness that respects cultural and ecological diversity, honoring the wisdom of indigenous traditions and cultivating unity of human beings within a framework of reciprocity, respect and social justice through its three initiatives: The Kusi Kawsay Andean School, Kusi Ñan Organic Farm and Ñawpa Ñan Cultural Events.
In addition, the Association hosts workshops, special events, cultural exchanges and other integral educational activities that reinforce, promote and protect the values and knowledge of Andean culture—and in this way, empower the endangered traditional way of life.
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.