Sumak Kawsay Yachay 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.
PROJECTS & ACTIVITIES
PROYECTOS Y ACTIVIDADES
- Afternoon school for children of the community (Escuela Katitawa)
- English private lessons for children and adults (Robert Jeffords School)
- Escuela de tarde para niños de la comunidad (Escuela Katitawa)
- Clases privadas de inglés para niños y adultos (Robert Jeffords School)
The primary school was founded by Rosa Maria Masaquiza, Rufino Masaquiza, Manuel Masaquiza and his brother Rumiñawi. They wanted to step away from the old education system and provide a pleasant learning environment and at the same time promote the children’s cultural identity.
The first volunteer came to Escuela Katitawa. Then, a lot of volunteers came from all over the world to help with the project.
The old meeting room of the Manguiwa-Cochapamba community was demolished and we began the construction of a new community center.
The new community center was finished. It is now located at the ground floor of a new construction, built thanks to a combined effort between the Manguiwa-Cochapamba community and Escuela Katitawa.
The second floor of the building was ready. It became the new dormitory for volunteers of Escuela Katitawa.
The Minister of Education didn’t allow the volunteers to teach in the primary school of Katitawa. The result was that all of the parents registered their children at different schools. Despite this, Escuela Katitawa didn’t close: we open the school to all students who need help with homework in all subject, giving them transportation to and from the school as well.
Robert died at the age of 84 as a result of lung cancer. However, the project will continue with afternoon classes at the school and english classes at the library. These classes will be run with the help of both international and local volunteers and thus, Robert´s work in the community will be continued.
The volunteer project and the community of Manguiwa split up. Volunteers moved back to Patuloma and Pachamama Hostel (Rosa Marias house).