History


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 form the school by sending their children and 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 children to learn in a manner that was beneficial for them.
La escuela primaria fue fundada por Rosa María 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 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 from 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 vinieron 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 the Manguiwa-Cochapamba community was demolished and we began construction of a new community centre.
La viejo sitio de reuniones de la 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 a combined effort between Escuela Katitawa and Manguiwa-Cochapamba community. The centre included meeting spaces and a library. Volunteers also helped individuals learn various languages at this centre.
Se terminó el nuevo centro comunitario. Ahora se encuentra en la planta baja de un edifico 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 (who had previously lived in Hosteria Pachamama).
El segundo piso del edificio fue completado. Este piso se convirtió en el nuevo dormitorio para los voluntarios de la Escuela Katitawa.

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 during after school hours with their homework, providing them with transportation to and from the school.
El Ministro de Educación prohibiό que los voluntarios enseñaran en la escuela primaria de Katitawa. El resultado fué que todos los padres registraron a sus hijos en otras escuelas. A pesar de esto, Escuela Katitawa no cerró; se abriό 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 and thus, Robert´s 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 y la biblioteca con las clases 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 imporvement of education for indigenous children and young adult 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 Hosteria Pachamama in Patuloma.
Hosteria Pachamama

Volunteers are currently working directly with the government of Salasaka to assist with English classes at the school at the centre of Salasaka. 
Volunteers also lead various programs for the local communities. For example; summer camps, music therapy, sports and other afternoon activities depending on the volunteers expertise. Most programs include learning English as a main component.
The current language school is called "Robert Jeffords School", to commemorate the work and 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 autonomo descentralizado de Salasaka GAD para dar clases de ingles de forma gratuita en el centro del pueblo. La nueva escuela se llama "Robert Jeffords School", para recordar el trabajo y espiritu de Robert. Nuestros voluntarios tambien ayudandan con clases de ingles en todos los colegios de Salasaka y en la tarde dan la mano a niños con sus deberes.