We are very proud and excited to announce that on April 2, we celebrated the grand opening of the preschool!
We are very excited to report that we have partnered with the Wakatinku foundation (http://inmed.org/who-we-aremission-and-vision/) and Inmed (http://inmed.org/who-we-aremission-and-vision/) a Peruvian humanitarian organization, to provide mebendazole, an anti-parasitic medication, to all 3 of the schools that we have sponsored. Because these children live in close contact with animals, gastrointestinal parasites are common and chronic and lead to intestinal symptoms and malnutrition. The directors of the schools will work with the local health clinics to administer the medications to the children twice yearly for the next five years, improving their quality of life and basic health. Below you can see photos of Valentin and the director of the school at Choquecancha.
When we were at the preschool at Pillaray school, we noticed that the children did not have hats to protect them from the strong rays of the sun that shine here at high altitude. So, with funds from the Wakatinku foundation, we were able to have sombreros made and this week, delivered them to the school. Now the kids will have something to protect their skin and eyes from the blazing sun that shines year round here in the mountains of Peru.
In May of 2016, we partnered with the Wakatinku foundation (www.wakatinkufoundation.org), a US based 501c3 organization to visit the preschool at Pillaray and the primary schools at Ancoto and Choquecancha to deliver much needed supplies. Every single child in all of the schools received a new pair of shoes--we delivered over 338 pair of shoes!. We were honored by singing and dancing by the children at all of the schools.
Prior to the visit, we met with the teachers at the school who told us that they were lacking in basic supplies such as plates, cups, toilet paper, soap, towels, a blackboard and school supplies. We met up with the teachers in Cusco and went on a shopping spree and on May 28, 2016, we personally visited the school in order to deliver the supplies. We met with the teacher and are committed to try and help partner with locals and the Wakatinku foundation in order to build them a new school house. We can visit the Pillaray schoolhouse as part of our tours of the Sacred Valley. Contact us if you are interested in bringing along supplies to help the kids.