Mosqoy: Sacred Valley Youth Fund

Educate: To empower youth in Peru & Canada to positively affect their own conditions and those of people around them by realizing their potential as socially conscious global citizens. Preserve: To create an organizational structure that revitalizes the local Quechua culture by providing resources for Quechua communities to work towards sustainable development & socio-economic well being. Connect: To connect people in North America and Peru, to facilitate deeper cross-cultural understanding.
Oct 1, 2012

Reflection and Re-direction for Casa Mosqoy

Dear Mosqoy Supporters,

Much has been happening behind the scenes at Mosqoy, so we’re glad to have the opportunity to debrief and show you what our current plans to develop Mosqoy house entail.

First, a bit of background: this project aims to purchase land and construct Casa Mosqoy, a student-housing dormitory for youth participants of the Mosqoy program. Mosqoy supports marginalized youth from rural regions of the Andean mountains of Peru to study at post-secondary educational institutions in the city of Cusco.

The Casa Mosqoy campaign is a prominent and important one for us. By increasing our capacity to provide safe and supportive housing, we will be able to accept more youth into the program for years to come. Mosqoy currently rents housing for students, which unsustainable in the long-term. With Casa Mosqoy, we will not have to direct efforts towards making monthly rent payments, and instead can work on tangible and necessary long-term goals.

Over the past year, however, we’ve identified some hurdles we’ll need to pass in order to reach this definitive milestone  Our local support network has been extremely influential in Mosqoy’s initial progress, however we need to reach out to a broader, ‘global village’ in order to avoid saturating our current support base. This will require building a better marketing and web presence so a larger network of support can learn about us, and get involved.

What’s our plan?

We are about to launch an IndieGoGo video campaign to raise funds specifically for our marketing department. This will sponsor the creation of a video documentary focusing on our work in Peru, which will document the experiences of the Peruvian communities that we work with, enabling their individual stories to reach a public stage. We’ll also use the money to sustain a better website, branding and consistent promotional materials.

Once this strong foundation has been created, we’ll be well-positioned to pursue larger, long lasting campaigns such as Casa Mosqoy.

We’re extremely grateful for all the generous donations we’ve received for Casa Mosqoy thus far. Since we’ve decided to put the campaign on hold, we’ll be saving all of these donations until we’re ready to launch the campaign with the most drive and efficiency possible.

We’ll continue to post reports about our campaign to broaden our support base, and we’d be happy if you’d like to help! By mentioning Mosqoy and recommending our organization through word of mouth, our website, or on Facebook and Twitter, you can help us reach people who would be interested in our projects, helping our organization grow!

Thanks for all your help along the way.

Jun 28, 2012

Casa Mosqoy Project Launches

Some Casa Mosqoy Students & Resident Advisors
Some Casa Mosqoy Students & Resident Advisors

If you have ever had the chance to hang out with the Mosqoy students at their current abode in Cusco, you'll leave amazed at the tight knit community they have created, as well as their creative decor. The current residence of the 20+ students and their resident advisers is a rented house in the out skirts of Cusco. It does its service, and the students have worked hard to give it a homey feeling, fundraising for additional furniture and kitchen supplies on their own by holding weekly Spanish conversation get togethers with tourists from local Spanish language schools. They've even transformed the common room with posters and pictures of all the volunteers and friends they have met internationally. 

Still, there is much to be wished for at the current location. While functional, it is not the most beautiful or comfortable of spaces. It is close enough to the city center that students can get to school and back, but the buses are somewhat infrequent and often crowded. Moreover, as the program grows, it has become apparent that within the next five years a more spacious location will have to be found. 

Thus the launch of the Casa Mosqoy project. The students and house leaders are ecstatic, and we already have pledges from family members to assist with construction, material sourcing, and furnishing the space. The students continue to hold their weekly conversation cafes, and have been brainstorming more fundraising possibilities to contribute to the project. 

We're dreaming of a permanent home for the Mosqoy project, one with a fully equipped kitchen where students can share Peruvian recipes with volunteers and friends, a garden where students can grow more of their own food (many come from agricultural backgrounds), and a bright and comfortable communal space where students can continue to study, learn, and grow together. We'd even like to add some guest rooms where tourists can stay in the summer when most students have returned home, allowing us to create paid practicum positions for students studying hospitality. 

We've only just started fundraising in ernest, but we're confident that this project has the right balance of imagination and practicality behind it to make it a reality. We hope that by this time next year, we will be breaking ground at Casa Mosqoy and focusing on what to plant in the native plant garden!

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