Current Project with Mosqoy in Cusco, Peru

Leadership skills and education for disadvantaged youth


We've now raised this fantastic amount of money with our Coins of Compassion and can't wait to hear back from Peru what progress they will see from this. We'll keep you posted over the next six months time on this page with news and reporting from the project.


- Help Every Day partner with the great Canadian-Peruvian NGO Mosqoy to preserve a unique, traditional weaving culture. 

- The indigenous Quechua communities face a challenging decision: develop economically towards a prosperous future OR to revitalize their unique yet threatened culture.

- By financing a project over a six month period, Help Every Day will assist these threatened communities with economic development AND preservation of their unique, traditional weaving culture. 

- Specifically, we will finance a new Mosqoy program called "Kallpa K'oj" (meaning "giving back energy" in Quechua). This program is a volunteer service program for Mosqoy's current students, who are promising but disadvantaged youth from rural indigenous Peruvian Andean communities.


The goals of this program are to:

a) Foster reciprocity and positive leadership skills in each of our students, so they may learn to give back to others upon graduation;
b) Assist our Quechua weaving communities with their own socioeconomic development projects; and,
c) Maintain the students' connection and pride for their culture and communities while studying in the city.

Program Expenses:

To accomplish these volunteer service projects, the students' expenses (transportation, accommodation, and food) need to be covered. Additionally, materials for each service project (ie. food for cooking classes, photocopies of homework assignments for community children, etc.) must be covered.

Student expenses for this program cost approximately $450 per month ($40 per student x 30 students). Additionally, materials cost approximately $20 per month. Thus, to successfully run the program in all of our communities for six months, the total cost would be $2,820.

What is the challenge that Mosqoy needs help to resolve?

In the Cusco region of the Peruvian Andes, indigenous Quechua communities face a challenging decision: develop economically towards a prosperous future or to revitalize their unique yet threatened culture. Because of the lack of opportunities, most communities in the region feel they must choose one or the other, as they have few options to accomplish both. Mosqoy works with Quechua communities to achieve a future where they are not forced to choose one option over the other. Instead, Mosqoy presents community members with viable economic opportunities that can co-exist with the continuation of traditional ways of life. This is the central focus of Mosqoy’s work.

Cultural Threats:

Over the last few decades, the Quechua weaving tradition has seen a rapid decline due to economic pressures and the changing role of the indigenous population in Peruvian society. There was traditionally no written Quechua language; textiles thus act as a history book - both of the past and the present - to document and communicate identity, values, stories, and knowledge. Many young weavers, however, are no longer learning the art from their elders; instead, they simply buy commercial textiles to sell at a greater profit. They now see this industry as nothing more than a monetary exchange between local and tourist, and forget the importance of this tradition as a cultural cornerstone. Those who do still weave are turning to synthetic dyes and fibres, non-traditional methods, and simplified designs. Because textile knowledge is transmitted orally from elders to youth, the entire textile tradition could disappear within this generation. With the disappearance of the textile tradition, the integrity of the entire Quechua culture and language is at great risk.

Economic Threats:

In central towns where indigenous weavers sell their products, youth are experiencing great change, as tourism and development have rapidly encroached on the region. This change has created new job sectors such as construction, hotel industries, and restaurants. However, the majority of the local families do not reap any of the benefits, as most of the resources ends up in the hands of the few wealthy families, government, or outsiders. Because this is the first generation to witness these new industries, youth do not have leaders or role models to provide them with proper training to become employed. As well, they do not have the funds to receive post-secondary education in these trades; thus outsiders who are more skilled in these sectors easily take jobs from locals, leaving many unemployed and poorer than if tourism or development had never entered their communities. While many communities want to continue developing, and encourage tourism, they wish to do so in their own way that is sustainable socioeconomically for local families.

Our partnership with Mosqoy will address the challenge described above through…

…Creating a positive generation of leaders, for the future of these communities. Our current students are now studying various trades in post-secondary educational institutions in the nearest city of Cusco, to be able to eventually return to their communities, become employed, and give back through both skills and resources. They have immense potential to become positive role models for the next generation, and to turn this vicious cycle into a positive one. All they need are resources and encouragement.

Our new program, Kallpa K’oj, will ensure that the resources we are using to support these students will not stop there. We do not provide hand-outs; we only provide “hand-ups,” to those who are willing to contribute what they can, and to reciprocate back to their communities and future generations what we have given to them. Kallpa K’oj will encourage the youth to give back, while also allowing them to reinvigorate their pride for their Quechua culture and weaving tradition, in the face of intense discrimination.

For each student engaging in the Kallpa K’oj program, these moments of volunteer service act as some of the most positive, inspiring, and adventurous opportunities of their lives thus far. They feel empowered, valued, and respected.

Background information about Mosqoy

Mosqoy, meaning “dream” in Quechua, is a Canadian-Peruvian charity that promotes social justice and cultural rights in the Peruvian Andes. Originally founded as an education fund in 2006, by Canadian and Peruvian youth, it has since grown into a multi-faceted project that addresses the impact of globalization in indigenous Quechua communities through numerous projects, both in Peru and abroad. It seeks to accomplish its mission, “educate, preserve, connect,” through the following programs:
Its Andean Youth Program provides post-secondary education for 10-20 graduating students per year from Peruvian Andean communities, in the hopes of establishing a stronger base of professionals among future generations.
Its sister organization, the Q’ente Textile Revitalization Society, supports indigenous textile communities in the Peruvian Andes (over 150 weavers) to strengthen cultural and historical integrity through the Quechua weaving tradition.
The Global Stewardship Program works to re-connect elders and youth of the Peruvian Andes, while also bringing together the cultures and languages of Canada and Peru, in the hopes of raising awareness about global compassion and to bridge the gap in the commodity chain between producer and consumer.
Mosqoy is recognized by the Canadian government as a charitable organization, and is registered in Peru as an Asociacion Civil. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, please visit or, or contact its founder and director, Ashli Akins, at


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