Offers free primary education in Quechua and Spanish to needy local children.
The school was established in 2005, in the small district of Taray in the Sacred Valley of Cusco, to:
- Improve the children's education in this disadvantaged rural area; and
- To strengthen the Andean culture and traditional values such as respect and harmony, to raise the children's self-confidence and to make them feel proud of their cultural heritage.
The school was started after Waltraud Stolben, a German social educator, visited the community and became aware that most of the children were natives living in extreme poverty with no access to proper education. Working with the people from the different local communities around Taray District: Huandar, Qaqaqollo, Pisac, Ampay, Sonqo, Japu and Kiko, she helped establish this non-profit community based school. Since 2006 it has been officially recognized by the Peruvian Government as a private school.
Peruvian schools usually have their curriculum in Spanish, even in rural areas where Quechua is the native language. The philosophy at Wiñaypaq is to respect their native language and respect for their culture and their environment, focusing on the relationship between the man and the 'Pachamama' or 'mother earth' in Quechua. As poor nutrition reflects in the children's attention span, the school provides nutritional Andean food, based on grains like quinoa, maca and kiwicha which are rich in proteins and minerals.
Very sadly, in early 2010, Escuela Wiñaypaq was destroyed in the heavy rain, flooding and mud slides that devastated parts of the
The new school is being built at Huandar, 10 minutes from Pisac town and hopefully in a less vulnerable location. 54 children will attend either the kindergarten or primary school classes and they have 6 teachers. It is close to completion. Your support through the Intrepid
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