Kusi Kawsay #GivingTuesday goal $18,000!

We are aiming to raise up to $18,000 throughout the month of November and we have matching funds of $18,000

Our Journey, Together

#GivingTuesday Week 1

So far we’ve raised $2,385 out of our $18,000 !

2004 – Founders of what eventually would become the Kusi Kawsay Association giving cultural information workshops in different schools in Taray (neighboring village of Pisac).

The aim was and continues to be to contribute to the formation of a global conscience that respects cultural and ecological diversity, that honors the wisdom and dignity of indigenous traditions and that seeks the unity of human beings within a framework of reciprocity, respect, and social justice.

Planting the Seeds

In 2004, we were able to buy land with the purpose of making an Indigenous reservation outside the town area of Pisac. Having our children in state and private schools was not satisfying. After several difficult experiences, we thought about creating our own school.

What we aspired to have was a school that serves the whole community and we would offer our knowledge and unconditional support to do things right.

Our participation in the educational area was initially more external. We visited educational institutions in Pisac and Taray to introduce practical workshops of Andean traditions: music, textiles and weaving, and Andean cosmovision. As a result, the school in Taray, which had a progressive director, made an agreement from 2005 to 2006 to bring in the Waldorf pedagogy and the Andean cosmovision into the state school in a classroom that had 20 students.

However, our quality of education caused antagonism by the traditional teachers resulting in a difficult environment in which tensions became stronger. For that reason, together with a group of parents and their children, we left the school of Taray and found a space in the Center of Basic Education Alternative-Nocturnal (CEBA) – a night school that allowed us to use their facilities during the day. We were well received there by the Director, Professor Marcio la Torre. We began our work in the morning as CEBA was in session in the evenings. We were also supported with the necessary certification for our students while our own certification applications were being processed. CEBA housed us for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009 at which point we had grown to have 30 students.

In 2007, Tom Webb brought Ann Beckham – US Representative of Pachamama’s Path – to Peru. This was the beginning of a life-long commitment to sustain traditional culture by working together for the protection, promotion, and cultivation of Andean culture.

In 2009, we began moving to the purchased land known as Acchapata. To initiate our Early Education Programmes known as “Programa no escolarizado de Educación Inicial (PRONOEI)”, we had to accommodate in a room with old walls that had been without a roof since before we purchased the land. That is how we began the proposal with the name “The Hummingbirds (Los Picaflores)”, with 23 girls and boys.

2007 – Center of Basic Education Alternative-Nocturnal (CEBA)
2007 – Before PRONOEI, that is, after leaving Taray, we enabled workshops for children without knowing that in the future we would have our own school.
2009 – Our hummingbird students

Throughout the month of November, we will be sharing stories and photos from the last 15 years until the present day. We will share our vision, hopes, challenges, resilience, and the determination of our community, our global community, that has enabled us to live and honor Andean Cosmovision, provide quality education to hundreds of children and youth, grow an organic farm and all together change the lives of so many people along the way!

The Story of Kusi Kawsay

We can hardly believe that it has been 15 years since planting our heart seed that would grow to into Kusi Kawsay – Happy Life.

We are grateful for all those who have shared this journey with us, who have supported us and continue to believe the responsibility and honor we have to care for children, youth, earth and all of life.

Join us on our 2018 #GivingTuesday Journey.

Giving Tuesday falls on November 27th. It is a global day of action, confronting commercialization and consumerism by supporting an organization or cause that enables giving.

We are reaching out to our Kusi Kawsay network, inviting you to join our journey towards Giving Tuesday 2018.

We have matching funds of $18,000! We are aiming to raise $18,000 throughout the month of November.

Each week, we will share the timeline of our journey and share the progress we’ve made together throughout the years and in our Giving Tuesday 2018 fundraising effort to reach $18,000 or more!

What are these funds going towards?

The Giving Tuesday funds raise will go directly towards our Ayni Scholarship Fund to ensure the continuation of our work and impact in the lives of children and youth. Read full details about our scholarship here.

In gratitude for your donation, our community has created a beautiful 2019 digital calendar with photos and drawings from Kusi Kawsay that will be sent to you, as long as you include your email address when donating.

How to share this campaign

Simply copy the link to this page and share it via email or on social media. Furthermore, our Kusi Kawsay website will be hosting the full timeline of the campaign so you can tell your community to visit us at: www.kusikawsay.org

Let’s rise above the noise and share our beautiful journey!

All of us at Kusi Kawsay regret the passing of our dear friend, Tom Webb, this past year. Tom gave so much to each of us, in so many ways, and especially love from his warm and generous heart. We will miss you, but keep you in our hearts, Tom.

Thank you for your continuous love and support

We hope you will consider including Kusi Kawsay in your end of the year donation. This campaign would be a great way to support us and help us spread the word on your social media to make #givingtuesday a great success!

Urpillay Sonqollay – Gratitude from all of us at Kusi Kawsay.

Help us meet our goal of $18,000 by November 27th. Please make a donation today.