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Greetings dear friends, 

The educational community of Kusi Kawsay continues to grow and is continuing to nurture the seeds from the initial vision that came to life in 2008 when the first group of families in Pisac began the adventure of providing a better education for children and youth in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

2014 was a momentous time of learning, of challenges, and of embracing new friends who are now an integral part of our greater Kusi Kawsay community, not only in Peru but worldwide.

In this edition of the Newsletter, we would like to share with you the story of Faustino.  He will graduate from Kusi Kawsay this year. He has taught us that perseverance and passion can go a long way in overcoming adversity. Also in this section of "shared stories" we present a new member of the Kusi Kawsay family: Marina Flevotomas, who is involved in a number of our projects.

Our extended family has grown a little more with the arrival of new babies.  Shyntia Castaneda (Financial Coordinator), Lucia Ccana (Professor of Andean Weaving) as well as some mothers of Kusi Kawsay students gave birth to new sons and daughters.

One challenge this year has been to encourage and promote literacy and a passion for reading in our children and youth at Kusi Kawsay. We are putting all our efforts towards improving and expanding the Kusi Kawsay library. These efforts are being led by René Franco Salas, one of the founding fathers of the school. Your support will help us in this great endeavor to increase and diversify materials available in our library.
In this newsletter we would like to tell you about the work of Pro Humanus, an invaluable ally of Kusi Kawsay.  For the past three years, they have supported us through facilitating an ongoing training to our teachers so that they may achieve great results in educating a new generation.

We would also like to share with you a little of the history of our ancestors through a 5th and 6th grade field trip, where students visited and studied the chronicles of cave paintings in the community of Chawaytire - Pisac.

At the end of 2014, we performed a musical event in Cusco that was called "Our Roots.”  This was a great opportunity to share our essence with the people of Cusco and to reiterate that we are on a path to generate awareness of cultural identity. This activity was also intended to raise funds for the educational project. Each year, our educational services and the number of students we serve increases.  Because we do not want to deny students the opportunity to attend Kusi Kawsay, we are making great efforts towards continuing to share our vision of education. We invite you to be part of "Kusi Kawsay" and contribute financially so that we may continue to sow more seeds. You, our supporters, are a valued part of our community and thus are part of the whole of the fabric of what Kusi Kawsay represents. Donations are tax deductible and can be made to Pachamama's Path,  online at or via check to 5543 Pelican Way, St. Augustine, FL 32080.

As you may know, the hummingbird or, in Quechua, the quente, identifies our community Kusi Kawsay (Happy Life in Quechua). Beginning with this Newsletter, our Kusi hummingbird (Happy in Quechua) will share its adventures with all of us through the comical art of Hugo Franco Salas, Professor of Drawing and Painting.  We hope you enjoy it.

On behalf of the Kusi Kawsay School,

Urpillay Sonqollay

Quick Links to Articles in this Newsletter

  1. The Story of Faustino Ccoyo Gallegos
  2. Marina: From Greece to Peru
  3. Kusi Kawsay Library
  4. Field trip to the cave paintings of Chawaytire
  5. Shared dreams of Kusi Kawsay, Pro Humanus and the Yanapanakusun Centre
  6. New mothers in Kusi Kawsay
  7. "Our Roots" bearing fruits for 2015
  8. Comic by Hugo Franco Salas
  9. Annual Report
  10. Thank You!

The Story of Faustino Ccoyo Gallegos

By: Indira Minaja Marmanillo - Teacher of the Secondary Level

Read the heartwarming story about one of our eleventh graders from Viacha, a small community high in the mountains above Pisac.

Click here for the full story

Marina: From Greece to Peru


Meet Marina, our latest member to join the Kusi Kawsay community, as member of our financial and development team. We are so delighted and privileged to have her expertise.


Kusi Kawsay Library

We are delighted to inform you of our latest accomplishment; fully implementing our Kusi Kawsay library with the support of René Franco Salas, one of our founding parents.

Click here to understand more. 


Field trip to the cave paintings of Chawaytire

This beautiful and memorable field trip for the fifth and sixth grade class shows how Kusi Kawsay uses experiential learning to help further the education of the children.

Click here to read about the children's experience.



Shared dreams of Kusi Kawsay, Pro Humanus and the Yanapanakusun Centre

Ongoing training and support for our teachers, as well as supporting like minded projects is so important to us at Kusi Kawsay.

Click here to read about our continued focus to help and grow.  


New mothers in Kusi Kawsay

The Kusi Kawsay community continues to grow with the birth of many new additions. We welcome them all with open arms.

Click here to see how many!


 "Our Roots" bearing fruit for 2015

Our 2014 fundraiser was a huge success.
Our ongoing challenge to support our ever growing school is explained further.

Thank you to you all for your generous support of Kusi Kawsay on so many levels.

Click here to understand more. 


Click here to read the full Annual Report
Thank You...

...for your ongoing support.  Thank you to Barbara, Margaret, Merilee, Robert, Monte, Wendy, Heather, Joachim, Fielding, Marina and the Kusi Kawsay teachers for putting together this Newsletter.  

Giving - Support our needs and wishes

Help us reach our current fundraising goal of $30,000 to cover the cost of the remainder of our school year, which ends mid-december 2015.

There are several ways to support our ongoing mission and vision.  Your donation can be dedicated to any of the following needs and wishes:
  • Ayni Scholarship - Student Tuition
  • Support our Teachers - Salary, Training and Capacity Building
  • Andean Legacy - Preserving Andean Cultural Identity
Click here to Donate

Thank you very much for your generosity.

Urpillay Sonqollay
(expression of gratitude in Quechua)

Take a look at wonderful photos of all these events on our bilingual Facebook page. Follow and like us! It is now bilingual, and we plan to keep improving to keep us all connected. We are also invigorating our website— starting with blogs.  Be sure to keep an eye out for us as we develop our presence on social media!
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