We are asking for your help to complete all schools in Hapu Q’eros. First, we need to construct the final classroom of the high school. We must complete the fifth and final classroom before the end of 2020, when the Peruvian Ministry of Education will then assume full responsibility for educating the previously forgotten Q’ero youth — permanently.
Q’ero parents and youth labor with love to hand build thousands of adobe mud bricks for the classroom walls, to make their dreams come true.
We also need your help in completing several other village schools in the region by building kitchens, dining rooms, and dorms for teachers. Completing these projects will build the bridge to sustained and permanent education for Q’ero youth through government commitment.
The kids need a dining room so they don’t have to eat outside where the temperatures are always cold and the dogs steal their food.
Keeping teens in the villages
In the early years of our visits, teen boys were absent from the villages. With no schools in Q’eros, boys as young as 14 left home to work in mines as an economic necessity. HWF has helped keep youth at home by building schools. Now families earn money by selling us exquisite textiles at fair trade prices, which we sell online at TribalStore.org. All proceeds go to Q’ero projects. We have invested in improving their alpaca herd, which also provides lasting sources of family income based on traditional culture.
Help us achieve the dream
By 2021 our dream will finally be realized for every Q’ero child to have the opportunity to attend school. Since our first visit in 2004, the Q’ero have asked us for schools so their children can have an education and stay in their homeland. With the help of donors like you, we have funded the construction of 20 classrooms in 5 villages. If we are successful in funding these last construction projects, the Peruvian government will commit to support all the village schools – forever.
Together we will raise $18,000 for construction of the fifth classroom, kitchen, dining rooms, and teacher dorms. Your donation will provide the materials, and the community members will provide the manual labor for each project. In this way you become a direct partner with the Q’ero people.
Every dollar you give will be matched (DOUBLED!) by our Angel Donors: Dave and Nanette Pugsley, Stacy L. Christensen, David Jamieson, Tim and Penelope Eicher, and Malynda Madsen.
Save the Date!
Donate on Giving Tuesday December 3
To donate early to this campaign, you may send a check with a note “GivingTuesday” to: Heart Walk Foundation 40 No. 300 East, Ste. 202, St. George, UT 84770
Or bookmark our homepage Heart Walk Foundation on your web browser and mark your calendar for December 3.
We'll share stories of hope, struggle, and success in Q'ero villages once a month with photos of the special Q'ero people and the projects that are uplifting their lives. We promise to maintain your privacy.