The Inka endownment fund continued working with the INKASY (Inka Sumaq Yachachiq - Inka skillful student) association. The INKASY organization is led by director JUDr. Edwin Alejandro Colque Quispe with executive board consisting of Bc. Virginia Huaman Sutta, Bc. Roger Chaucca Manco, Mr Rodolfo Cirilo Quispe Cáceres and Ing. Valeria Puma Cano. Contributing to various projects are also former and current scholarship recipients, university students and community members supervising programmes in their own villages.
Peru continues to undergo significant economical and social changes. Even high altitude mountain areas now offer employment opportunities, mostly in construction and mining. Agriculture and animal herding however still remain a significant part of native life in the areas where Inka EF operates. Alongside the change in regional conditions, the Fund's activities also evolve. Parents are now able to ensure elementary and, in most cases, also highschool education for their children on their own and so Inka EF has concluded it's support for elementary school pupils and is currently running it's last iterations of highschool support programmes - both under the Sonqocha (Little Heart) project. In 2018 we have, with our "godfather" benefactors, supported 44 students directly and, according to statistics done by our peruvian coordinators, about 250 others indirectly, through the reuse of school uniforms, sports equipment and textbooks and also through tutoring courses attendance. Half of the supported highschoolers have graduated from their schools in 2018, in 2019 we will be continuing our support for the 21 students that remain. We have also concluded our project for village elementary classes, since the government is now offering significant support of it's own, including equiping these classes with computers. Photos from 2018 and older. During our 17 years of activity, we have provided scholarships for over 1350 gifted students. Many others have utilized our support indirectly.
Records of school and sports equipment, uniforms and footwear use, along with any expenses and Inka EF courses tutor fees are kept in our Cuzco office and transcripts are sent every month to the Cuzco Tax Office, as per peruvian law.
Supporting university students in Peru
The most significant of current Inka EF projects is the support of university students in Peru. There are over 70 of former Sonqocha scholarship recipients attending universities in the Cuzco department, most of which do not ask for our direct support, as they have, after a year or two of attendance, found suitable part-time jobs and can cover their living and study expenses themselves. They do, however, attend enlish courses, lectures and other programmes organized by peruvian coordinators in the fund centre, where they also have access to a well-stocked library, computers with internet connection and borrowable items, such as laptops, cameras and slide-projectors. 11 students are currently also receiving a personal scholarship.
We are happy to see our senior students helping newcomers with finding their bearings in the city and at universities. (Photos from) Meeting university students in Cuzco, August 2018. Many thanks to our generous benefactors from northern Moravia and other places for supporting native students of several faculties of the Universidad San Antonio Abbad in Cuzco.
In 2018 Inka EF took part in outfitting a village library in the Qqencco town, Coya county, which is the 8th Cuzco department library in total that we have oufitted. Library space was provided by the local school, while the town residents are took care of decoration, electricity bills and maintenance. Inka EF covered expenses for furniture and books. The whole project was prepared and supervised by Mr Roger Chaucca Manco, llama herder and an atropology student, in cooperation with the school headmaster and town council. Aside from borrowing books and public computer use, various educational courses take place in the library.
Whenever Inka EF recieves a donation without a designated student recipient (a godfather sonqo gift), the money is used to support university students and to cover expenses related with organizing educational courses, with a small part going towards general sewing and knitting workshops. Some of our young students have already finished their studies and are now working in a full-time employ as a dentist, medical doctor, geologist, several teachers and municipal office clerks repectively. Former scholarship recipients who, as part of their profession, assist with further countryside development project make us especially proud.
Sewing and knitting workshops
Inka EF currently only lends machines; electricity bills, fabrics and other supplies as well as instructor fees are covered by course attendants. With the use of government's countryside development reserves, municipal workshops were established in some towns where Inka EF workshops used to operate. Our former scholarship recipients - economy graduates, majors or people who attend educational courses geared towards different parts of development projects work - often work as part of the teams that prepare actual projects and related subsidy requests.
In their pre-Christmas letters, our peruvian students wish that the Apu mountain ghosts and mother earth Pachamama protect all benefactors, godfathers and friends in their activities a "enlighten their path".
Assisting Mayas in Guatemala
Situation of the native Mayas in Guatemala is still complicated. We continue supporting 12 young students attending several different universities: Yessica Marleny Tocón (education for bilingual schools), Irma Gricelda Cutzal Poyón (mathematics and physics), Ana Cecilia Gómez Selén (business management), Yesica Beatriz Cum Batz (law), William Giobanni Xocop Chutá (education, music teacher), Magda Verónica Chuy Gómez (education, mathematics, physics), Olga Sitan Miculax (education, Mayan history and culture), Ana Lilian Ajú Sequén (education for bilingual schools), Lucila Maricruz Cos Siquinajay (social science), Mirna Raquel Teleguario Suquén (law, social science).
We offer personal benefit scholarships in cooperation with the maya Uk' Ux B'e organization. Recipients then teach lessons in their respective study area twice a week in the maya elementary and high school K'astajibal or in another school related to their field. They can attend maya philosophy seminars in the Uk' Ux B'e cultural centre for free. We support the students throughout every year of their study. Whenever one graduates a new freshman student is enrolled in the programme.
In their New Year's letters, our students express wishes that the nawalu energy Toj (a spiritual energy of the Toj day according to the mayan calendar) or, more precisely, the positive energy of this mighty ally, accompany the everyday activities of all benefactors and friends of the foundation and for all their plans to come into fruition. Let there be balance between the natural and human beings.
All activities in Peru and Guatemala are organized by the natives personally.
We would also like to thank our czech associates for their work: Mr Tomáš Dragoun from Brno for creating the www.inkaperu.cz website and Mrs Jindra Hyková for doing the book-keeping. Many thanks for your financial gifts that have allowed us to support education and development of Inkas in Peru and, to a lesser degree, Mayas in Guatemala for 17 years already. With your help amazing projects came to life in the often rough mountain environments of Peru, organized by our native friends, leading to a significant improvement of living conditions of many families or even whole communities.