A story of love and magic and healing
Niños Del Sol is a magical place in the Sacred Valley of Peru. A place where children found a loving home, a future, a family, and are living happily ever after against all odds. These kids aren't just warehoused somewhere and kept alive on gruel and water until they can be dumped out on the street. They are excelling, attending college, dreaming big, and will be the future of Peru. But the story isn't over, and now the children are facing the possibility of a third traumatic loss in their tender lives.
How did such a remarkable place come to exist?
Our home began when Helen Ingelnath (known as Mama Kia) visited Peru in 1995 and discovered children sleeping in doorways and living in the streets. She opened her heart to them and started feeding them in the parks, but she soon realized they needed more than food. The children needed education, medical treatment, and love. Mama Kia took them in, and they became a family.
Our kids came to us alone in the world, orphaned or abandoned. Nearly all of them have been abused. Some have witnessed horrendous acts of violence. Not one child has ever arrived here with a single possession or toy.
When Mama Kia passed away from cancer in 2010, the kids were orphaned a second time. She was truly their mother. They went through a second round of loss and abandonment — and lost most of their financial support as well. It was a dark period of financial and emotional chaos.
Now we have new directors, Viviana and Avishai, who have worked hard to earn the children's trust and help the kids feel safe and protected again. You can meet them, and see how the kids are doing, in our new video.
The children, now called Niños Del Sol to reflect their proud Incan heritage, are functioning again as a strong, loving family. They laugh and learn and play together, help and support each other. They are growing up, and several now spend their weekdays in Cusco and attend college. We are so proud of what these kids have accomplished. It is nothing short of a miracle to see children who might have grown up illiterate and homeless doing well in University and preparing themselves to give back to the next generation.
Muju Runa is our education initiative, which supports the kids all the way through university to break the cycle of poverty in their families forever. Our goal is to raise a generation of leaders who will positively impact their community and reach out to the next generation of children in need.
Can you pledge your support? A base of monthly donations is what we really need to know the expenses will be met from month to month. Every little bit helps! You can also help by volunteering, and by asking your friends, family, or coworkers to donate as well.