Here at Niños del Sol, we’ve always been dedicated to raising kids who have the tools to be leaders in their communities. As our kids make the difficult transition into adulthood, our program is constantly evolving to meet that challenge in new ways.Continue reading “Leadership & Enjoying the Valley”
Last summer, our generous donors all pitched in to send two of our young women to Israel to volunteer on a kibbutz for one year. I’m very happy to report that Ray Shael and Guadalupe are doing wonderfully!Continue reading “An Update from the Niñas in Israel”
Love manifests in mysterious and beautiful ways in the universe. This month we got to experience its power in a surprising way.
A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail from Christine McArdle, the director of a school called Om Shree Om currently located in Spain.Continue reading “Karma Yoga Reaching Across the Ocean”
I’m really excited to share that we have new laptops for some of our kids!
They’ve been trying to attend remote school with laptops that are 12 to 15 years old. We’ve been engaged in a constant cycle of frustrating malfunctions and expensive repairs.
Brand new laptops might seem like an indulgence, but these are kids who are at the top of their class, and who dream of becoming doctors, veterinarians, filmmakers, and chemical engineers. We already have multiple college graduates among our alumni, as well as young adults out traveling the world. With the right tools, they are on track to break cycles of poverty in their families for all future generations!
To many people, these may seem like pipe dreams. I have been told that our program is unrealistic, and aims too high. I have been told that our kids should be happy with hand-me-down clothes, broken junk computers, and high school educations.
Luckily, our directors don’t buy into that nonsense and neither do you! And, thanks to your generosity, neither do our kids.
Our donors consistently come through to provide the tools and experiences these kids need to succeed in the world, and this campaign was no different. In fact, we raised a little more than we were asking for — which is a good thing since the price of the computers was higher than we expected.
Our executive director, Viviana, in her infinite wisdom, chose a sturdy Hewlett Packard model with a good warranty. We purchased three of the computers, and three of our college bound students are testing them for us. If they turn out to be what we want, we will go back and buy two more.
I will keep you posted! Meanwhile, thank you so much for your rich vision and your ability to see that children need more than the bare minimum to break the cycle of poverty in their families.
Outings and adventures are so important for teenagers and young adults.
These experiences our kids the opportunity to learn about the world and build their self-confidence. They’re also bonding as a family and creating a reservoir of positive feelings that can carry them through the inevitable challenges of getting along together in a group living situation.Continue reading “Creating Happy Memories in Peru”
This spring, we had a campaign to send two of our young women for a year of volunteering on a kibbutz in Israel.
You, our friends and supporters, came through with everything we needed, and – after a few COVID-related bumps – we got them on a flight.
As many of you know, Doris went to volunteer on a kibbutz in Israel for one year (although the pandemic kept her there another six months!).
She spent most of two years in the desert, doing hard farm work growing organic dates and living in a community of volunteers from around the world.
Here’s her story in her own words for you, with lots of photos!Continue reading “Doris: An Adventure in Israel”
I consider myself very fortunate for growing up in a Kibbutz, and I am grateful for all I experienced and learned there.
In a way, I carry the kibbutz with me, and am finding ways to create of a Kibbutz atmosphere anywhere I live.Continue reading “That Kibbutz Experience”
I am Ray Shael Gutiérres Mamani,
I am now 22 years old , I grew up with the Niños del Sol family since I was 4 years old.
I lived with Mama Kia, after her passing and our going from hand to hand we finally become a family when Viviana and Avishai arrived.Continue reading “A Note from Ray Shael”
I am Guadalupe Centeno Tipe,
I grew up at the Mama Kia home since I was 4 years old,. Today I’m 25 years old and I belong now to the Ninos del Sol family with Viviana and Avishai.Continue reading “A note from Guadalupe”
Niños del Sol is changing as our “niños” become teenagers and young adults. As in every family we face the gifts and the challenges of growing up.Continue reading “A Special Request from Viviana”
Jim Cronk is a remarkable man with a long history of connection with Peru and with Ninos del Sol. He’s recently named us as heirs in his will, along with other nonprofits he’s encountered in Peru. It’s so touching and meaningful to be thought of in this way, and we couldn’t be more honored.
I wanted to share some details with you about this exceptional man and his heartwarming gift.Continue reading “Jim Cronk: Meet Our First-Ever Legacy Donor”
We’re looking for 3-4 self-starting leaders to join the board of our US organization. If that’s something you’d be willing to do, we’d love to hear from you,Continue reading “Would you be interested in serving on our board?”
Learning in front of computers has not been working well for many kids around the world — including ours. Although the college kids have kept up with their studies, the younger kids need more stimulation and experiential learning.Continue reading “Education Looks a Little Different Right Now”
Our youth started creating a business to provide themselves with an income and to support the Casa of Ninos del Sol.
Global recession is affecting all of us around the world, we need to become more self reliant to continue providing a home and education for the youth.Continue reading “Organicos del Sol: Creating a food production business at Ninos del Sol”
We changed the name of our film awards event from “Oscar’s Night” to “Qori Sara Night,” which means Golden Corn, in the local Qechua language.
However, the dresses and shows and the film fest were possibly even more exciting and meaningful than any Hollywood Oscars night.Continue reading “The Golden Corn Awards: Celebrating Love & Creativity”
We want to offer you a gift, with our gratitude for your ongoing support during these stressful and precarious times.Continue reading “A Gift for You”
2020 film series
The Niños are working with their brother Jose (our in-house filmmaker) to create tutorial videos for you during their lockdown together in Peru.Continue reading “2020 Film Series”
Hello, Global Family!
We hope you’re all safe and well. For the first time in years, we have nearly all the Niños together. The older youths — who usually enjoy semi-independent living in our Cusco apartment while they attend universities and institutes — are staying with their younger siblings in the Casa in Urubamba.Continue reading “Social Distancing, Niños del Sol Style”
Before the Coronavirus locked Peru down, the kids had just returned from visiting their extended families on their Summer break. Traditionally, we welcome them back with a trip as a group, so they can return to school refreshed and feeling connected.Continue reading “Photo Album: Niños’ Vacation 2020”
Feb 16: East Bay Gratitude Lunch for our friends/ supporters!
This is an open invitation from Avishai to all friends and supporters of Niños del Sol who live in the Bay Area.Continue reading “Live in the Bay area? Come join us for lunch!”
We have two new college graduates this year!Continue reading “Meet this year’s graduates!”
This year, after hosting her yoga tour to the Sacred Valley, our dear friend Kristen Stuart returned to spend time with the Niños. She’s shared a wealth of photos so you can see how our Niños are growing into fine young people.Continue reading “Winter Fun”
This year, we’re inviting you to send your holiday greetings to the kids (and/or staff) in Peru. We’ll share your messages directly with Viviana, Avishai, and the Niños to fill the casa with love and joy from our Global Family.
In addition, your Giving Tuesday donations will be matched up to $1,750, thanks to a pledge from two of our generous donors!
Your contribution is also part of a beautiful holiday of selfless giving, designed to balance the energy of Black Friday. Namasté.
All our children are thriving, growing, changing. The home in Urubamba with our teenagers is very peaceful and centered; I attribute this to the excellent work performed by Kellye, a young woman showing always love and respect to the children.Continue reading “An update from Viviana”
This is what mornings look like in our Casa in Urubamba.Continue reading “Good Morning, Niños!”
We are about $3,000 short this month of being able to send enough money to Peru to cover all the bills (salaries, rents, tuition, etc).Continue reading “Urgent Fundraiser”
When I was living in Peru 14 years ago, I got to visit my dear friend Mama Kia, and her home that she created for the 25+ street children she adopted. I helped to work in the garden and received so much inspiration from witnessing her live in pure devotion, love and service.Continue reading “Loveolution Fundraising”
We frequently hear from potential donors that “Your cost per child is much higher than other children’s homes.”
Yes, we know.