Our girls face even more social obstacles than the boys when it comes to education, and moving to the big city to go to college can be quite daunting.Continue reading “Women’s Day of Fun!”
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.Continue reading “Gratitude from the Niños: In Their Own Words”
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.Continue reading “Board Updates & Staff Appreciation Dinner”
Our Cusco kids (aka “The College Kids”) have moved into a new apartment.Continue reading “New Apartment in Cusco”
We celebrated Doris’s 18th birthday on February 6 with a surprise party in Avishai and Viviana’s home.Continue reading “Happy Birthday, Doris!”
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!
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; I can help with that as well.
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.Continue reading “Joy of Cooking”
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.Continue reading “Why don’t the kids get part-time jobs?”
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 know how to read and write live in daylight. They have eyes. It is senseless to stay in the world of darkness because we must progress to be like those who go to school and have eyes. Going to school, we open our eyes, we awake.”
Peru: Inequality of Education for Indigenous Groups, the Neglected ClassContinue reading “The value of education”
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.”Continue reading “The most harmonious time ~ Avishai”
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 will be so sorry to see them go in September. ~ Lauren
Here is a note directly from our beautiful volunteers, Nitzan and RomyContinue reading “A Note From Our Volunteers”
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:
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.Continue reading “The Niños Need You”
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 of our work from Guidestar.
To reach the Platinum level, we added extensive information to our Nonprofit Profile: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; quantitative information about goals, strategies, and progress toward our mission.
To learn more about GuideStar Platinum, visit guidestar.org/platinum.
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 even harder to our program exactly as it is, and here’s why.Continue reading “Yes, we’re too expensive. Here’s why.”
As a donor, you are always invited to visit us in the Sacred Valley!Continue reading “You’re our family — please come visit!”
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.Continue reading “An update for our supporters from Viviana, our Executive Director”
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.Continue reading “Niños Update”
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.Continue reading “Our New Truck!”
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.Continue reading “A New Home for Retreats”
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!Continue reading “We’re getting a washing machine!”
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!Continue reading “Your Giving Tuesday Donation Could Be Doubled!”
We’re often asked what items the Niños need. Here’s our current wish list.Continue reading “Our Current Wishlist”
We’re looking for a few heroic individuals to act as fundraisers for Niños Del Sol. Will you help?Continue reading “Can you help us?”
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.Continue reading “We Need Volunteers in the U.S.!”
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).Continue reading “We need you!”
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!Continue reading “Please join our team!”
We are trying hard to stay on top of the ever-changing financial situation at Niños Del Sol.Continue reading “Will my money really benefit the children, or will it line some administrator’s pocket?”