A dignified education rooted in Andean culture
For years, families in the Sacred Valley of Peru worked together to protect and revive their Andean culture. This dedication grew into a clearer vision and understanding that the most effective way to create long-term change was through education, and so we founded the Kusi Kawsay (Happy Life in Quechua) Andean School.
Since opening our doors in 2010, Kusi Kawsay has served the dignity, rights and empowerment of indigenous children and youth. Now a non-profit organization, Kusi Kawsay provides quality education to students so that they may become confident, free, self-assured young adults and leaders of the future.
Kusi Kawsay integrates Andean tradition and culture with elements of Waldorf pedagogy, offering a holistic alternative to local schools. Based on ecological mindfulness, our students learn to love and respect the land and
return to the true essence of ecology. Kusi Kawsay creates an environment that nourishes each student’s whole being academically, socially, emotionally, physically and culturally. Our school’s bilingual education honors indigenous Quechua language, teaching and culture.
Many of the local indigenous children and youth come from economically challenged backgrounds. In order to ensure that we serve all youth in our community, we offer a sliding scale tuition. 90% of our students come from families with so little income, that they cannot even afford our sliding scale tuition. Some parents that come from traditional weaving communities donate their work to Kusi Kawsay to supplement their children’s tuition. We offer opportunities to support a student throughout their education through the Ayni (Reciprocity in Quechua) Scholarship Fund.
“We are honored and excited to be able to support indigenous communities worldwide as they strengthen their traditional practices. I just came back from visiting Kusi Kawsay, a wonderful school rooted in Quechua traditional knowledge and culture, and I felt so inspired to see the deepness of connection to their land and the pride and force of their voices. I wish every child, indigenous and non-indigenous had the opportunity to grow up like this.”
- Sofia Arroyo, Executive Director - Sacred Fire Foundation
We have big dreams for our long-term financial health. These include the construction of a production center to promote eco-friendly products, such as reusable plates made out of corn husks, an energy bar from local ingredients, recording our traditional Andean music and producing unique education material that mirrors our approach of integrating Waldorf education with Andean culture.
For the past decade, we have been planting seeds, strengthening roots and watering our labor of love. So much of this has been made possible thanks to donations by wonderful individuals, schools, organization and foundations. Over 95% of every donation goes directly towards ensuring a dignified education and creating empowering opportunities for youth.
We are excited about all the possibilities ahead. Seeing our students and youth walking the ancestors’ path of wisdom and love in the world today, they are realizing Kusi Kawsay Association’s mission and vision.
Our graduates are living embodiments of the power of the Kusi Kawsay education. After graduating from Kusi Kawsay, some students entered university studying various disciplines, others joined the Kusi Kawsay Andean School as teachers or working in school Administration, and a few graduates even had the opportunity to travel outside Peru for musical, culinary and cultural endeavors.
Our first graduating class wanted to continue the work of revitalizing and reclaiming their Andean roots and to give back to their communities and the land. They launched Kusi Ñan, (Happy Path in Quechua) a Social Entrepreneurship project based in organic agriculture that works with the traditional Agrarian calendar. Kusi Ñan serves as a source of income for the alumni and provides a creative solution to enable them to encourage the full potential of their skills, knowledge and background. There were not many economic opportunities that would allow our graduates to remain in the community, so they created their own. Kusi Ñan offers a natural environment for developing the full potential of their skills, knowledge, and cultural inheritance.
The thriving farm provides an educational site for Kusi Kawsay students as well as children and youth from Pisac and the surrounding communities to learn about hands-on solutions for environmental protection. Sustainable agriculture classes at Kusi Ñan teach students about local food, seed saving, sacred connection and stewardship of the land as well as regenerative solutions to climate change on a local scale. The farm provides healthy nutritious foods, preserving local seeds and generating support for Kusi Kawsay.
“I think that Kusi Kawsay was good for me because I’m happy. I’m a person who wants to follow his dream and fulfill his goals. They taught us all through the Andean culture at school that even the little ones learn how to lead happy life without fear.”
- Joel, Kusi Ñan Youth Coordinator / 2012 Kusi Kawsay graduate
The Tinkuy Campaign celebrates the connection between us all. Your support to the Kusi Kawsay Association is an investment into a future that will cultivate, nourish and promote conscious and connected living.
Our Tinkuy Campaign begins on July 10th and ends August 10th. Our goal is to reach $30,000 to cover the operational budget of the Kusi Kawsay School and some of the Ñawpa Ñan (Ancient Path in Quechua) cultural project budget, which celebrates the protection, promotion and cultivation of Andean culture. We have secured matching funds of up to $30,000, so any contribution you make will be doubled.
We have been working hard to raise $100,000 for the Kusi Kawsay Association. We want to reach our goal by mid August, and even exceed our aim to begin securing funds for 2018. These momentous accomplishments include:
Now we are in our final phase of raising $30,000 through our Tinkuy Campaign.
We invite you to help us all stay connected and inspired, and invite you to be actively involved in the Tinkuy Campaign. We appreciate you sharing this interactive document and the Tinkuy Campaign link (below) with your friends, family and community.
Join us in reaching our online fundraising goal of $30,000 by August 10th.
Campaign Link: kusikawsay.org
(Expression of gratitude in Quechua)
There are several options to donate to the Kusi Kawsay Association. For any questions or information regarding bank details for wire transfer, please contact the person mentioned under each option. For general campaign questions or ways of giving that are not mentioned below, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Kusi Kawsay PERU in Euro / Dollars / Peruvian Soles
To receive bank details, please email us and specify in which currency you wish to donate so we can provide you with the correct account information.
To send Wire Transfer contact Marina Flevotomas / Development Lead - Kusi Kawsay at email@example.com
To Pachamama’s Path tax-deductible 501(c)3 UNITED STATES www.pachamamaspath.org
Send a Check. Mail to:
How to make a donation
To Inti Punku tax-deductible 501(c)3 in GERMANY
To send Wire Transfer Contact Klaus Doll / Board of Directors Inti-Punku at: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Tax deductible for donations over 200 Euros
* Every donation to Pachamama’s Path and Inti-Punku reaches the Kusi Kawsay Association.
Visit www.kusikawsay.org to sign up for our Newsletters and receive all the updates on the Tinkuy Campaign!