Gratitude from the Niños: In Their Own Words

The Niños returned from their trip to Lima last night. They left at 1 in the morning, drove 16 hours over the mountains, and arrived home exhausted. But when we asked them if they would like to send thank-you notes to the donors who made their trip possible, they jumped at the chance. Of course, they talked about how much …

Board Updates & Staff Appreciation Dinner

Our organization is made up of two separate pieces: The Peruvian organization (headed by Viviana and Avishai) handles all aspects of programming, while the US organization (headed by our Board) handles fundraising and provides some financial oversight. US Board Elections This month, our US board held its annual election. Our board members and their current roles are: Lauren Haas, Chairperson …

Happy Birthday, Doris!

We celebrated Doris’s 18th birthday on February 6 with a surprise party in Avishai and Viviana’s home. Lots of musicians were there, including a tiny drummer who spent most of her time on Doris’s lap. How typical of Doris’s generous spirit that she didn’t mind sharing the spotlight on her birthday at all. She even laughed when her little friend …

Ajeet Kaur Benefit Concert for Niños Del Sol in Alberta Canada

Kristen Stuart, a powerful and loving leader in the yoga world who has been a dear friend to the Niños for years, is organizing a benefit concert for us in Alberta! The concert, scheduled for October 29, will feature the international mantra and pop artist Ajeet Kaur at the Canmore Opera House. Ajeet Kaur is a recording artist in the …

How can I change my monthly donation?

I love hearing from members of our Global Family who started with a small donation and are ready to increase it! Of course, I’m also here for  people who’ve had a change in their circumstances and need to suspend their monthly donations. Or maybe you just want your donation to be taken out on a different day of the month; …

Joy of Cooking

Our kids love to cook. If you’ve watched our original video with Mama Kia, you might remember her saying that she never had to deal with a picky eater in this crowd — children who’ve known food scarcity in their youth know how to appreciate the joy of food abundance. Avishai’s love of food and cooking has rubbed off on …

Why don’t the kids get part-time jobs?

Now that our kids are teenagers, we’re often asked why they don’t get part-time jobs to help cover their expenses. For someone who lives in the United States or Europe, this seems like a really natural way for a teen to gain experience, learn responsibility, and help out a household that is struggling financially. Child Labor in Peru But Peru …

The value of education

This quote describes so beautifully why we treasure education for our Niños. “Because we are Quechua, because we speak our language and live according to our customs, and because we don’t know how to read and write, we live in the world of the night. We have no eyes, and we are invalids like the blind. In contrast, those who …

The most harmonious time ~ Avishai

This update is from Avishai, our Associate Director.  In our recent staff meeting, I found myself saying “In my view, this period of the last few months have been the most harmonious time we had at the Casa since Viviana and I started in 2013.” The others nodded their heads in agreement. Now, this is something to celebrate! There are …

A Note From Our Volunteers

We’ve been so lucky to have Romy and Nitzan, a  beautiful Israeli couple, working with for six months. They arrived on the day we were departing for summer vacation with the kids and jumped straight into the van with us. This beautiful couple has eased our workload tremendously while leaving their mark on both the kids and the Casa. We …

Checking in with the Niños: Update from Viviana

Gratitude and Love to our Global Family for making possible that this garden of life blooms to the fullest! with your ongoing support, the children are able to continue nourishing their dreams and hopes for a good future, breaking the chain of abandonment, abuse, limitation, and poverty. Here’s what each of the kids is up to at the moment:

Artist in the house!

Our Casa was recently graced with a very special presence. Rebecca Schisler, who is an artist, mindfulness educator, and youth mentor, brought a group of 30 energetic and talented teens from France into our space and they created magic. The volunteers and our Niños worked together to cover large swathes of bare concrete with magical patterns and colors, completely transforming …

The Niños Need You

Last year, we had our most effective campaign ever on a platform called “Rootfunding.” This platform allows our supporters to each set up their own fundraising page and commit to finding 10 friends who are willing to donate $25/month each. A small handful of fundraisers were able to bring in over $1,000 a month in revenue — money we can …

Niños Del Sol has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar

Great news! Niños Del Sol has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. This is the highest level of recognition from the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. We’ve been working very hard to make sure your donations are treated with the utmost respect and care. We’re doing it for you, but we’re very proud to have this recognition …

Yes, we’re too expensive. Here’s why.

A few weeks ago, we were turned down for a large donation because our cost per child is too high. We were disappointed, of course, and we looked into what the average cost per child is for orphanages in countries like Peru to see if we could move our program closer to that expectation. What we learned made us commit …

You’re our family — please come visit!

As a donor, you are always invited to visit us in the Sacred Valley! We don’t always have a bed available, but we can help you find lodging that suits your budget, and we’d love for you to join us for fresh organic lunches at the Casa every day and get to know the kids. We don’t have a short-term …

An update for our supporters from Viviana, our Executive Director

Dear Global Family, The year is well on its way! We have all children returning to school after having a great ending to their summer’s vacation thanks to your generous support. From all 15 children, two were the only ones that previously experienced the sea; now all of them are grateful and happy to have seen the Ocean and played …

Niños Update

At this stage in their lives, things change so fast it makes our heads spin! But here’s a quick snapshot of what all our Niños are up to right now. At the apartment in Cusco Leo, 22 Leo is the star chef of our family. Last year he started teaching cooking classes with market tours in Urubamba and cooking for …

Our New Truck!

Every day we are so grateful to our donors (and especially to Hayley Dickson and friends) who helped us replace our failing van with this wonderful truck last year. The truck has been perfect for hauling the older kids’ things to the apartment in Cusco so they can begin the next step of their life journey. The Niños are on their summer …

A New Home for Retreats

Exciting news! Avishai and Viviana have moved their retreat offerings to a new location — Samana Wasi Hostel. Samana Wasi is a gorgeous, well-established hotel above Urubamba. It offers a beautiful yoga space, an island with a fire pit accessible by foot bridge, a swimming pool, and lush scenery. The new space is infused with a deeply peaceful spiritual energy, …

We’re getting a washing machine!

We’re getting a washing machine! Erika and her group from Telluride Yoga Festival have worked together to send the funds we needed. Avishai, Rusbel, Luis and I (along with Kiwicha and Layla) went shopping on Tuesday for the machine and picked out a doozy. We’re so excited! We can’t have it put in yet because our landlord is currently adding …

Your Giving Tuesday Donation Could Be Doubled!

We got approved at the last minute for a HipGive campaign, which puts us in line for $50,000 in matching donations on #givingtuesday. When you donate through the link on this page, your donation will be DOUBLED! We love the whole idea of offsetting the energetic damage from Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a day of giving and thinking …

Our Current Wishlist

We’re often asked what items the Niños need. Here’s our current wish list. Of course, financial support is what we need most of all. We’re still struggling to create enough income to pay our monthly expenses. Please join our International Family by making one-time or ongoing donations. It’s often better to buy things locally — prices in Peru are much better than …

Visit Us

Would you like to come visit us in the Sacred Valley? Now you can support our Niños’ future while enjoying a meal, class, hike, or activity in the Sacred Valley!

Can you help us?

We’re looking for a few heroic individuals to act as fundraisers for Niños Del Sol.  Will you help?

We Need Volunteers in the U.S.!

Support the U.S. Board Nearly all of our financial support is managed through the U.S. Board, which is made up of five volunteers who give as much time as we can. The board is rich with ideas but short on manpower. We need help coordinating our fundraising activities, social media, newsletters, etc. If you can donate 5-10 hours per week and …

We need you!

Can you help us? We are in need of volunteer help in several areas, both in Peru to supervise the kids and in the U.S (Spanish translation, grant writing, and WordPress help). In Peru We currently have no volunteers at the Casa to help with the kids, so this is an urgent need. Volunteering at the Casa has been a …

Please join our team!

Maybe you’re not able to make a regular donation to help support the Ninos right now, or maybe you’re already giving what you can. But there’s another way for you to help, by using your social network to help us fundraise! You can be a fundraiser on our team! I’ve set up a team campaign on Razoo.com, with a goal …