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"Weaving Hope in the Andes"
Tenth Annual Gourmet Soiree and Auction

 Saturday, February 27, 2016
 Kayenta, Utah
 5:30 - 8:30 pm
 $100 per guest
 $75 early bird special before December 31
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 Join us in celebrating over a decade of accomplishments in partnership with the Q'ero tribes in Peru.  You will hear stories of struggle and triumph at this special and intimate evening at the home of Dave and Carol Hansen in Kayenta, Utah 

 Reservations are required for this very special event. Limited tickets.
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Weaving Hope in the Andes

Thirteenth Trek to Remote Q'ero Villages in September  

 Representatives of Heart Walk Foundation trekked into remote villages of the high Andes Mountains to deliver donations to isolated Q'ero communities and to discuss project plans for the coming year in each village. We recorded narratives and stories of the elders for a cultural preservation project. We launched a three-year project requested by every village to construct sturdy stone barns to shelter alpacas from brutal winter cold, reducing casualties from the severe winters. We return with exquisite textiles sold through TribalStore.org  and private sales to raise funds for projects in food security, education,  and cultural preservation for the Q'ero people.


photo credit:  Seti Gershberg with permission
Alpacas are essential to Q'ero life. 
We are funding barns to protect alpacas from severe winters.




Thanks to our supporters, on February 26 we reached our goal to fund 100 greenhouses to give Q'ero families nutritious vegetables. After subsisting on potatoes for all meals, the veggies are a huge treat!

Gregoria in her greenhouse

 Visit our online Tribal Store 

Q’ero women are famous for their exquisite textiles of hand spun alpaca. You can support their ancient cultural traditions by visiting our Tribal Arts Store to purchase bags, ropes, shawls, coca cloths, hats and more for amazing one-of-a-kind gifts.

Weavers are paid fair trade prices to bring essential cash to Q’ero families. The remaining proceeds are invested in projects in the weaver’s community, including schools, training, aquaculture, and greenhouses.  


Woman Weaving

The weaver picks each individual yarn to create the complex sacred symbols.
Every textile is unique and expresses ancient Andean cosmology and
a sacred relationship with Pachamama and all of creation.


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Co-founders Win Red Cross Heroes Award
 Tim and Penelope Eicher (Dammeron Valley, Utah) were awarded Red Cross Heroes Award for International Service for their work with the native Q'ero communities in Peru. The award was presented by the Southern Utah Chapter of the American Red Cross at a luncheon.  The Eichers were featured in a short film about their service to the native tribes living in very challenging circumstances.  March,  2015.

 Filming in Hapu Q'ero Communities. May 2014.
filming in Hapu Grande

Filmmaker Katherine Szewczyk trekked into remote Q'ero territories to film life at elevations over 12,600 feet in the Andes Mountains.  

Stacy Christensen and Gavin Whitaker joined Szewczyk and HWF board members and hiked steep mountainsides to document over eleven years of partnership and friendship between HWF and native Q'ero communities.  Watch for the new documentary film to be premiered in September 2014.  The film project is sponsored by Whitaker Studio and highlights sustainability projects including solar lights, greenhouses, trout production, and schools in a number of native Q'ero villages.  

December 4, 2013.  

In response to the severe snowstorms in the Andes that killed so many animals in the Q’ero territories, HWF will fund the purchase of the highest quality alpaca males for every family to use for breeding. These outstanding breeding males will be owned collectively by the communities to strengthen the line of future alpacas for years to come. As always, Heart Walk Foundation focuses on projects requested by the communities that will help them all sustain a more stable and healthy life of dignity on their ancestral homelands. 

Giving breeding alpacas to the Q'ero

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"No one remembers us. Only you.”
 by Tim and Penelope Eicher 


  No one remembers us.

"No one remembers us. Only you.”

With these few words, the Native Q'ero people reminded us many times during our recent visit that our annual expedition into their remote territories in the Andes gives them dignity and hope.

We heard heart-breaking stories of suffering and inspiring stories of hope in every village. Together we reviewed their accomplishments and progress. We were impressed by their growing empowerment, skills, and dignity in these ethnic people formerly forgotten and abandoned by time.

Working as partners, we outlined possibilities for sanitation systems, more trout projects, and greenhouses for every family. We renewed efforts to record stories and knowledge of the elders to be published into story books for the children. We explored ways to improve education for all the children. We listened with heart and responded as good friends do – with a deep desire to see them achieve their dreams to provide health, education, and well being to their children and grandchildren.

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  Volunteer opportunities: 
  • Data entry at the convenience of your home or office
  • Manage our online handicrafts webpage
  • Host a one-hour "Peru Party"  to introduce others to our mission and the beautiful handicrafts made by Native Peruvian artisans. We will provide a short documentary, photo exhibit, and textiles. You invite your friends to share the inspirational stories. 

    To explore ways you can serve, please contact Melanie Kimbel