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"Short and Sweet"

Newsletter II - 2015

Warm greetings from the Kusi Kawsay community and welcome to the second newsletter of 2015! We have exciting news and updates to share with you!

With less than two months remaining, the school year draws to an end.  A lot has unfolded in 2015 and we are steering towards a bright, happy, healthy and prosperous 2016.

This newsletter, "Short and Sweet", welcomes you to our brand new websites for both Pachamama’s Path and Kusi Kawsay.  Also, we are thrilled to announce our current fundraising campaign sponsored by the Sacred Fire Foundation.  In addition you can catch up on some of our stories: our teachers' inspiring trip to Cali, Colombia to attend the 12th Waldorf Congress, our graduating students are preparing for their new adventures in life, and the contributions of the wonderful visitors and volunteers we have had over the past few months.  

We hope you enjoy this edition of our Newsletter.  Thank you for your ongoing support and love – we appreciate each and every one of you!

On behalf of the Kusi Kawsay,

Thank You!

#GivingTuesday Fundraising Campaign 

Sacred Fire Foundations #GivingTuesday Fundraising Campaign
 
The Sacred Fire Foundation (SFF) has selected Kusi Kawsay for their annual #givingtuesday fundraising campaign.  SFF  is a charitable organization, supporting initiatives that preserve and promote Ancient Wisdom traditions—and their perspectives—to insure their continuance for our children and future generations. We are so honored to be chosen by SFF for this great campaign that allows us to share and celebrate our Andean culture and tradition.

We hope you will consider including Kusi Kawsay in your end of the year donations.  Your financial contributions are critical to the success of our school and our community.  Giving to this campaign would be a great way to support us.  Help us spread the word on your social media to make #GivingTuesday a great success!

The #GivingTuesday campaign begins today, November 2nd, and ends December 1st.  All proceeds go to Kusi Kawsay.

Please visit and share the campaign site:
 

Our new Websites

Our new websites are live!  We have been waiting for this moment to welcome you into our new virtual world of Kusi Kawsay and Pachamama's Path!  Many thanks to Monte Amador for selecting an NGO designed theme.  We will be updating these sites with more stories, photos and news throughout the next weeks.  We are also searching for Spanish and German translation support.  Interested in helping us complete the translations?  Great!  Contact us at info@kusikawsay.org and we can work together!  But for now, have a look and enjoy!

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Kusi Kawsay travels to Cali, Colombia

In July, our Kusi Kawsay teachers traveled to Cali, Colombia for an unforgettable experience – participating in the 12º Spanish American Waldorf Pedagogy Congress.  The weeklong gathering included trainings, workshops, skill sharing as well as art, music and dance.  Our teachers had a powerful experience that allowed them to learn and grow as teachers and also share with others our unique approach of a Waldorf inspired Andean School. 

Rosaura Farfan, our school director and the 5th and 6th grade teacher, shares her experience:
 
"I remember a moment that was like a dream. In a workshop, I suddenly realized I was among many people who were looking for something Kusi Kawsay was already implementing. Everyone was talking about how to have an education that goes hand in hand with their culture and with the geographical environment of each town. This filled me with joy, excitement and pride, because this Spanish-American Congress in Cali consciously reconfirmed that what we do as teachers, with children from Kusi Kawsay, is restoring their dignity and cultural identity through the ancestral wisdom and the art of teaching. At the same time, it was a moment to thank life for giving us opportunities where we can recognize each other and live with respect and dignity. URPILLAY SONQOLLAY."

 

Soon to be Graduates

As the school year is slowly coming to an end, our students are facing an exciting new phase in life.  It has been such moving experiences to witness our students' learn, grow and flourish into beautiful beings!  As parents, teachers and a community, we have done our best to guide these students, to teach them about their choices, living true to their culture and tradition, to love them and celebrate their life as an integral part of our own.  Our lives are better because of them and we are confident that they will graduate from Kusi Kawsay ready to face the wonders as well as the challenges that lie ahead of them.  

In the words of the late Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, "No one is born fully-formed: it is through self-experience in the world that we become what we are."  Throughout their experiences, we wish our graduates all the best and more, knowing their enormous potential to create a better world.

Visitors and Volunteers

Kusi Kawsay and Kusi Ñan have been busy places these past months and we have had the great honor to welcome many visitors and volunteers.  In August, Ken Smith joined us with his group of Waldorf professionals for a two week visit in which they shared their skills and knowledge with our teachers and students.  Pro Humanus graced us with another capacity building teacher training session in October.  Enactus Ryerson University with Pavneet, Jordan and Aidan came with a dehydrator for Kusi Ñan and taught our students and community how to use it.  In addition, they gave workshops about business and entrepreneurial skills.  We also had the pleasure of sharing our projects with Ellen Zaroff from the Forix Foundation, and our new partnership with EMpower allowed for the visit with their president Marta Cabrera.  Thank you Sophie, Avery and Leah, Katie, Ani and all who have taken the time this year to be a part of our mission and vision! Thank you so much to our long term volunteers Heather, Monte and Javiera.  As always, we appreciate the guidance and help of the Newsletter Editing committee: Margaret, Marilee, Barbara and Robert.

 Thank You

"Urpillay Sonqollay" - Quechua phrase to express Gratitude!

"LLaqtakunaq atipayninwan, Teqsimuyuntinta kuyuchisunchis"
When the villages work together, we will turn this world around.  

Thank you for all of your support this year and through the years. It has been quite a journey and we wouldn’t be where we are today without you! Our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation goes out to you.  Thanks for staying connected! Enjoy each other and this beautiful season! We’ll be in touch.  
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