HEART FEATHER PROJECTS
and Tito La Rosa
The Chaupin School
Banos de La Merced
Carhauaz, Ancash, Peru
About the School
Founded by Elba Bravo, Tito La Rosa, Ayni Projects, and the Parents
of the Children of the school, and currently funded by the Heart
Feather, The Chaupin School is located in the Quechua Village of La
Merced above the town of Carhuaz in the Callejon de Hualyas in the
central Peruvian Andes, the school opened in 2004 with one student.
It now has 50 students aged three to twelve enrolled in the
preschool through to the sixth grade.
of the school and why it is important to support this kind of
In the Andean culture as in indigenous cultures around the world the
respect for the earth as our universal mother and the understanding
of the connectedness of all things in nature is an essential body of
wisdom that for the most part we have lost in the cultures of the
"developed world". This lack of feeling like a thread in the fabric
of nature has resulted in a world that is socially unjust and
economically and ecologically unsustainable. The human species can
not afford to continue to live in this way.
The Chaupin School addresses the educational necessities of the
campesino population of the Andes and honors the ancestral wisdom of
the Andean people.
As seventy percent of Peruvians do not have Spanish as their
first language, the educational system there lacks a way for the
children to sincerely integrate their own educational experience
from their first day of school on into the future. The La Merced
School serves to rectify this problem. The parents of the children
moved the school out of the rented building where it had been
running for the first 3 years and built their own schoolhouse in
2007. The educational materials and the teaching model used there,
assist the children to develop their self esteem by reflecting the
wealth that lies in the richness of their heritage and the daily
life of the community. In the earlier grades the children learn in
their native language, Runasimi. In their third year the children
begin the double immersion aspect of the curriculum continuing to
learn Runasimi while beginning to learn Spanish, the official
language of Peru.
the teachers and administrators of the school
In the spring of 2009, Elba Bravo, co-founder and Director of the
school left her post to relocate to Lima. Elba was key in shaping
the schools approach and philosophy in addition to singlehandedly
developing its dedicated and highly trained staff. Over time she
turned over the every day management of the school to this group of
teachers who have been with the school from the start. This group
has formed their own association, called Ayllu (family). The Ayllu
group has continued to elaborate the work started by Elba. At the
beginning of 2010 the teachers will be publishing a series of
writings articulating the methodology of the educational approach as
well as stories coming out of the everyday life of the school. It is
Ayllu’s hope that the sale of these documents and educational
materials will assist in the sustainability of the school and in the
sharing of this unique model with other educational communities.
Tito La Rosa and Heart Feather Foundation invite interested
institutions and individuals to sustain the important work of the
school into the future. Our current operating budget for salaries,
health benefits, educational materials, and enrichment programs such
as dance and art programs, field trips, transportation, breakfasts
and celebrations for the students is $2500 per month averaged over a
12 month year. This amount comes out to $600 per student per year.
In addition to these monthly costs, the school needs a one time
amount of $12,000 to complete it's infrastructure that includes
finishing the second floor, installing the rest of the doors,
windows, and flooring, and finishing the purchases of tables and
chairs and educational equipment such as white boards and a
Our goal is to form a family of fifty "Abuelos or Grandparents"
of the Chaupin School, who would each commit to give $60 a month to
support the education of a child for one year. We are also inviting
four "Bis Abuelos or Great grandparents" to make a one time donation
of $3,000 towards completing the school's infrastructure.
Resources in Challenging times.
In these financially challenging times we are asking you to support
the school by reallocating funds from your current budget. Put in
another way, the question we are asking you and ourselves, is what
can I give up in my life that can free up money to support the
education of a child. Maybe it is a dinner out, a daily café latte
or some other item that you might have been thinking of giving up
We invite you to consider these feasible and impactful
Your donation to Heart Feather Projects, a 501(c)3, non-profit
organization through the International Humanities Center, will be
100% tax deductible
and greatly appreciated by the students and teachers of the school.
Your Donations gratefully accepted here
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