Showing posts from January, 2010

Open Letter To All Of Our Past Volunteers

I am writing today to all of our past volunteers, asking you to consider being a sustaining member of SKY….Sumak Kawsay Yachay, the Ecuadorian foundation that has been funding the projects that we have been doing here in Salasaca.

As many of you know, the main source of money has been from me personally. I am doing what I want to do and as long as I am able I will continue to fund the foundation. We have a few donors that have been a great help in keeping the projects going and we are thankful for their support.

I am also thankful for my continued good health which allows me to continue working, because for me, without meaningful work, life would not be the fantastic adventure that it is today.

The reality is that I am four months away from 78 and although I plan to be around for many more years I would like to start planing for the future.

As we begin the new year I am asking all of you, who have experienced firsthand Katitawa School and were touched in a positive way by the unconditiona…

Lachlan's Farm Soon To Be A Reality.

Why Lachlan's Farm?

In the summer of 2009 Greta Gilliss from Scotland was volunteering here in Salasaca when she received news that her cousin was killed....Here is her story.

"Lachlan Gillies 1992-2009
Our cousin Lachlan died mid 2009 as a result of a road accident in our home country, Scotland. He was only 17 years old. He was much loved by his friends and family and a real smarty too (he got the joint dux of his school that year). He was about to embark on a year of travel before starting his university studies in science.

My brother, Arran and I were in South America when we heard of his death and I was working at Katitawa. A few weeks before this, Robert mentioned he'd like some animals at the school and remembering this I asked my brother if he'd like to help me provide the start-up funds for a wee animal farm in Lachlan's memory. He said yes, then came to Katitawa getting started on the area, making protections for the trees. A farm was particularly significant…

Welcome To Our Annual Christmas And Kapac Raymi Program

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Buenos días y bienvenidos a nuestra anual programa de Navidad y Kapak Rami aquí en la Escuela Katitawa. Today, the 21st of December, the ritual of Kapac Raymi is celebrated in Salasaca and the the other regions of the Andes. It is known as the Grand Fiesta Of The New Life. It is a Festival dedicated to the continuation of life with emphasis on the young people and children.

Hoy 21 de diciembre en Salasaca y en las Regiones Andinas se celebra el ritual del Kapak Raymi conocida como la Gran Fiesta de la Nueva Vida. Es una festiidad dedicada a la Continuación de la vida, con Énfasis en niños y jóvenes.

El día 25 se celebra la Navidad. Ambos son festivales de esperanza y felicidad.

Hoy también estamos celebrando casi terminado el proyecto que comenzamos en junio pasado 28, cuando Ángel y yo, con la ayuda de su amigo con una motosierra, se quitó el gran árbol que estaba delante de este edifi…