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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