Willka T’ika’s Children’s Fund
The net proceeds from the book, Chakra Gardens, go directly to the Willka T’ika Children’s Fund, a non-profit organization registered in the USA as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt fund.
Inspiration for the Children’s Fund
The Willka T’ika Children’s Fund was inspired by the vision and work of Matilde and Rosa, teachers at a little mountain school in Patakancha. Like other isolated mountain schools, they had no help from the government or other organizations in Peru. Using the mediums of stories, song and dance, Matilde and Rosa would teach the younger children how to read and write in Quechua, and the older students would learn Spanish. As Carol and guests at the Willka T’ika guesthouse gave funds, food or materials, these teachers made sure that the children were cared for, school rooms were built or renovated, and school materials distributed.
When the needs in Patakancha were met, the Children’s Fund looked to meet needs in other villages. The programs have since expanded to 5 more communities.
The fund has provided new or renovated school buildings, libraries and computer rooms. It also provides emergency medical assistance, clothing, hot meals and school supplies to a thousand Quechua children each year.
If you wish, you can also give donations directly to the Willka T’ika Children’s Fund. In the U.S., the Willka T'ika Children's Fund is classified as 'tax exempt' under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Some projects of the Willka T’ika Children’s Fund:
Patakancha – Built school buildings, library, teachers rooms, created food programs etc. The project has attracted the attention of tourists who travel along that road. Now others have begun to help in Patakancha and it no longer needs the Fund’s support.
Kkapakmachay – Built a school and set up ongoing programs with hot meals and school supplies.
Huama – Renovated the buildings and built a computer room.
Chumpepoke – This is a current project with a long list of needs. This school is becoming a model school, and will include extended education with business training. The teachers are very enthusiastic and want to compete with schools in the valley. They want to show that despite their lack of funds, the distance, and first language being Quechua, the students will test better than the more privileged schools that receive a lot more help.