About us



Sumak Kawsay Yachay (SKY) is a community project in the indigenous andean village of Salasaka, Ecuador. The name in Kichwa (local language) means "beautiful life by education". It is a program where children and adults are supported in their education and taught basic subjects in English. Our work is possible thanks to our volunteers and private donations from people all over the world. 

Sumak Kawsay Yachay (SKY) es un projecto de la comunidad situada en la aldea indígena andina de Salasaka, Ecuador. Es un programa donde los niños y adultos están ayudado y aprenden las materias básicas incluyendo inglés. Nuestro trabajo es posible gracias a los volontarios y las donaciones privadas de todo el mundo. 


Pojects and Acitivities

SKY runs a number of projects and activities in the Salasaka community

  • Assisting with teaching English at the local school
  • Afternoon English lessons for children and Adults (Robert Jeffords School)
  • Leading various programs for the local communities. For example: summer camps, music therapy, dance, sports... Depending on the volunteers expertise.)
  • Helping out at the volunteer house (gardening, cooking, cleaning...

SKY dirige una variedad de proyectos y actividades en la comunidad de Salasaka

  • Escuela de tarde para niños de la communidad
  • Classes privadas de inglés para niños y adultos (Robert Jeffords School)

Our mission

SKY - Sumak Kawsay Yachay is our motto in Kichwa. The translation: "beautiful life by education", and the acronym in English conveys that with education, the sky is the only limit to one's dreams. 

SKY - Sumak Kawsay Yachay  es nuestro lema en Kichwa. El acrónimo in inglés es SKY (cielo), que significa que con la educación, el cielo es el único límite para alcanzar nuestros sueños.


History

 1997

Rosa Maria Masaquiza founded the school "Escuela Katitawa", named after the sacred mountains. The first teacher she hired was Rufino Masaquiza. Manuel Masaquiza and his brother Rumiñawi Masaquiza also helped the school by sending their children to the school and thereby supporting it... These individuals wanted to step away from the old/traditional education system and provide a pleasant learning environment while promoting the children's cultural identity. They implemented smaller class sizes and play-based learning in order for the kids to learn in a way that was fun and beneficial for them.

La escuela primaria fue por Rosa Maria Masaquiza, Rufino Masaquiza, Manuel Masaquiza y su hermano Rumiñawi Masaquiza. Querían alejarse del viejo sistema educativo y proporcionar un entorno de aprendizaje agradable y, al mismo tiempo, promover la identidad cultural de los niños.

2005

This was the year that Robert Jeffords (from the USA) met Rosa Maria and started working with Escuela Katitawa

2006

The first volunteers came to Escuela Katitawa to help teach English and other subjects. From then on, many volunteers came all over the world to help with the project. These volunteers lived at Rosa Maria's house, Hosteria Pachamama in the community of Patuloma. This was also the year that Robert Jeffords took over the entire project.

El primer voluntario llegó a la Escuela Katitawa . Un poco despues, muchos voluntarios vivieron de todo el mundo para ayudar con el proyecto.

2012

During this year, SKY expanded and began working with the community of Manguiwa-Cochapamba. The old meeting room of this community was demolished and we began constructing a new community centre.

La viejo sitio de reuniones de comunidad Manguiwa-Cochapamba fue demolido y comenzamos la construcción de un nuevo centro comunitario.

2013

The new community centre was finished. It was located on the ground floor of a new building, built thanks to the effort of Escuela Katitawa and the Manguiwa-Cochapamba community. The centre included meeting spaces and a library. Volunteers also helped individuals learn various languages in the centre.

Se terminó el nuevo centro comunitario. Ahora se encuentra en la planta baja de un edificio nuevo, construido gracias a el esfuerzo puesto entre la comunidad Manguiwa-Cochapamba y la Escuela Katitawa.

2014

The second floor of the new building was completed and became the dormitory for the volunteers of Escuela Katitawa. 

El segundo piso del edificio fue completado. Este se convirtió en el nuevo dormitorio para los voluntarios de la Escuela.

2016

The minister of Education did not allow volunteers to teach in Escuela Katitawa and as a result, parents had to register their children at different public schools. Despite this, Escuela Katitawa did not close. We opened the school to all students who needed help after the school hours with their homework, also providing them transportation to and from the school.

El Ministro de Educación prohibió que los voluntarios enseñaran en a escuela primaria de Katitawa. El resultado fué que todos los padres registraron a sus hijos en otras escuelas. A pesar esto, Escuela Katitawa no cerró; se abrió la escuela para que todos los estudiantes que necesitaran ayuda con sus tareas en cualquier materia escolar. Esta ayuda incluye proporcionár transporte de ida y vuelta a los alumnos. 


November 13, 2016

Unfortunately, Robert died at the age of 84 as a result of lung cancer. Classes continued to be ran with the help of both international and local volunteers, so Robert's hard work in the community continued.

Robert, nuestro líder, falleció a los 84 años de edad por causa de cáncer de pulmón. Sin embargo, el proyecto continuará con sus clases de la tarde, la biblioteca y las classes de inglés con la ayuda que se brindaran entre todos los voluntarios internacionales pero también, con la ayuda de dos voluntarios de la comunidad.



ROBERT

Robert Jeffords dedicated the final 10 years of his life to supporting the people of Salasaka. Of the many activities that he took part in during that time, the most outstanding was the improvement of education for indigenous children and young adults by leading the FOUNDATION SUMAK KAWSAY YACHAY, that established projects like the first library of Salasaka, the language school that is now named after him and Escuela Katitawa, which depended on his absolute support.






2017-2018

The volunteer project and the community of Manguiwa disassembled. Volunteers moved back to the Hosteria Pachamama in Patuloma.



Volunteers  are currently working directly with the government of Salasaka to assist with English classes at the school in the center of Salasaka. They also lead various programs for the local communities. Some examples: summer camps, music therapy, sports and other afternoon activities depending on the expertise of our volunteers. Most programs include learning English as a main component. The current language school is called "Robert Jeffords School", to commemorate the work and the spirit of Robert.

El proyecto de voluntarios y la comunidad de Manguiwa se separaron. Los voluntarios regresaron a la Hosteria Pachamama (casa de Rosa Maria) en Patuloma. Ahora los voluntarios trabajan directamente con el gobierno autónomo descentralizado de Salasaka GAD para dar classes de ingles de forma gratuita en el centro de pueblo. La nueva escuela se llama "Robert Jeffords School", para recordar el trabajo y espíritu de Robert. Nuestros voluntarios también ayudan con classes de inglés en todos los colegios de Salasaka y en la tarde dan la mano a niños con sus deberes.


This is our history. But our mission continues every day. Every day we keep on working for what we stand for, SKY, beautiful life by education. And you can help us with achieving our mission! Afbeelding kan het volgende bevatten: tekst

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