Jan 12, 2011

Yachay Wasi school prepares to open doors

Yachay Wasi's new school and daycare center in Ollantaytambo, Peru is preparing to open it's doors for the first time in mid-january in order to offer enrichment activities to elemantary school aged kids during the months of summer vaction.  The summer school program, run by Yachay Wasi staff in colaborration with Awamaki volunteers, will include theater and dance, arts and crafts, sports and other activities.  Summer school will wind down in late February as schools prepare to start the year in March. 

In March, Yachay Wasi will also welcome its first group of full-time students, and, if funds permit, the first group of toddlers into the daycare center.  We have made great progress on the physical space of the school - all of the buildings have been constructed but still lack some of the finishing touches and neccesary furniture.  Much of the finishing work on the school will be done in March with help from student groups from the United States with World Leadership School.  Guillermina Sanchez, the school's founder, has been hard at work spreading the word about the school and recruiting families to join for the first year.  

Your donations will help ensure not only that the school is ready to open in March, but that this opportunity is available to children of families of limited economic means and that the school is able to hire dedicated and experienced educators.  We will continue to update on the progress of the school as the first year unfolds.  Thank you for your support of Yachay Wasi and Awamaki's work in the community of Ollantaytambo!   

Aug 24, 2010

Project fully funded! Awamaki now owns a 4x4 truck

Awamaki staff in the new truck!
Awamaki staff in the new truck!

Dear Project Backers,

I am writing to inform you of the happy news that with your help this project is now fully-funded. With surplus funds from Awamaki's previous listed project ( see Secure an Income for Rural Quechua Weavers) and a grant from our U.S. partner organization Awamaki U.S., Awamaki has bought a 4x4 Toyota truck.

Awamaki having its own means of transport will save the weaving project upwards of $30 a week in vehicle hire, one of our largest project expenses. Moreover, having our own transport will afford us more flexibility and independence, allowing Awamaki to travel back and forth between the communities we work in without being restricted by the infrequency of public transport or relative lack of suitable vehicles available for hire.

Most importantly, a 4x4 will allow Awamaki to expand its weaving project to more remote, isolated communities only accessible by rough roads that are not easily navigable in regular vehicles. Awamaki has already begun working with a group of 10 weavers in one such community - Kelkanca, situated at over 13,000ft in the Patacancha Valley.

We would like to extend our thanks for your support in helping to fund this project.

Thank you!!!

The AwaTeam.


Jun 22, 2010

Update on Awamaki's participation in the Santa Fe Folk Art Market

Through the Global Open Challenge, Awamaki has now raised enough money to fully fund our trip to the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market in New Mexico this July. Given that a few factors regarding Awamaki's participation in the event have recently changed we would like to take the opportunity to provide all our donors with a project update:

In early June our two weavers and their translator were refused U.S. visas for the second time, due to the U.S. embassy in Lima issuing a blanket ban on all visa applications solicited by Peruvians in order to attend the Folk Art Market. Awamaki will still be participating in the event - project Directors Emma Hague and Kennedy Leavens will attend the artist training program and capacity-building workshops on behalf of the weavers, and will also be staffing the Awamaki booth for the three days of the Market.

However we still anticipate that we will have funds left over having paid for all of our Santa Fe related expenses and would therefore like to provide you with information about what these funds will be now used for.

In the past year Awamaki has succeeded in generating a market (both local and international) for traditional woven textiles that is now large enough and secure enough to support more weavers than those we already work with in the community of Patacancha. This month we are excited to be conducting our first exploratory meeting with a group of weavers from the community of Kelkanca, a remote, isolated Quechua community situated at over 13,000ft in the high puna landscape of the Patacancha valley.

Given the remoteness of the community and the poor condition of the access road, we are finding it near impossible to acquire transportation; few vehicles exist locally that are 1)able to traverse the two and half hours of rough road to Kelkanca and 2) available to hire.

Awamaki is therefore currently facing a barrier to our project expansion plans, one which we can only realistically overcome by acquiring our own means of transport. Awamaki is proposing to use all funds left over from our Santa Fe fundraising drive to invest in the purchase of a 4x4 truck. This will allow us to regularly visit Kelkanca and other, even more isolated communities that have requested our support in order that we may build the relationships needed to implement our model for economic sustainability.

Please see our GlobalGiving project page for more information about this project:


Thank you for your support.

The AwaTeam.


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