STUDENTS AND CASA MOSQOY
Mosqoy's T'ikary Youth Program works with promising students from rural communities of the Peruvian Andes. By working with the T'ikary Youth Program these students have the opportunity to further their education, strengthen their leadership skills, and initiate change in their communities. While enrolled in their studies, students reside at Casa Mosqoy, a home away from home.
TEXTILES AND WEAVING COMMUNITIES
Mosqoy works with weaving cooperatives in some of the most remote communities in the Sacred Valley and Mapacho River Valley regions. All Mosqoy Peruvian Textiles are handcrafted by talented Indigenous Quechua weavers. The rich weaving traditions of these textiles use fibres and dyes from the natural mountain environment and are woven with intricate symbols that represent important elements of the Quechua culture.
STUDENT FAMILY HOMES AND COMMUNITIES
Strong family connection is a prominent value in Quechua culture. Our T'ikary students come from a number of communities located in the Peruvian Andes. When enrolled in their studies, T'ikary students stay at our residence home, Casa Mosqoy, with the ambition to return to their family communities with new-found skills and experience.
2018 Do Day
On DoDay 2018, students from the Huaran High School (Sacred Valley – Cusco – Peru) took part in DoDay. In the morning students took part in workshops that brought attention to the importance of keeping a clean community and how to reduce plastic consumption. The students then collected litter from around the school and launched a Facebook campaign on how to reduce plastics. In the afternoon, members from different NGO’s and tourism businesses took part in the workshops to share their concerns and challenges on reducing plastic pollution. The members then implemented the long term action, “la Red por un Cusco Sostenible” or Network for a sustainable Cusco.
2016 Gala: Decade of Dreams
Held at the Empress' Crystal Ballroom in Victoria, BC, we celebrated our 10th Year Anniversary with over 100 guests at "Decade of Dreams," featuring a four-course sustainable dinner, silent auction with over 40 local businesses, fair-trade textile sale, and keynote speech by Canadian author, Ronald Wright. 100% of profits raised during this event went directly to Mosqoy's charitable programs, to maintain and improve the work we do.
10th Year Anniversary Party
We held a community celebration at the Salon Comunal in Ollantaytambo (where Mosqoy started 10 years prior), to celebrate Mosqoy's birthday - July 22nd! Mosqoy's alumni from several generations reunited to join us in the celebration, along with their families and friends, our partnering weavers, volunteers, community leaders, other NGO friends and supporters, and many community members!
Mosqoy was thrilled to have T'ikary graduates, Lisbeth and Adrian, visit Canada in 2016 as a part of our Ambassadorship Program. While on their trip Lisbeth and Adrian were able to explore different parts of Victoria and Vancouver, complete an English course at UVic, and share stories of their cultural traditions from their home communities.
2016 Brentwood Field school tour
In 2016, students of Brentwood College School joined Mosqoy on a Field School Tour in Peru! While travelling students got to experience Quechua culture, explore the magnificent Andes, and learn the importance of sustainable tourism.
2014 Gala: Resilience
The 2014 Gala was Mosqoy's first Biennial Gala. The night included a presentation from keynote speaker, National Geographic explorer-in-residence, Wade Davis, a four-course sustainable dinner, and extraordinary artwork for purchase, with over 200 guests. 100% of profits raised during this event went directly to Mosqoy's charitable programs, to maintain and improve the work we do.
2014 Brentwood field school tour
Brentwood College School took part in their first Mosqoy Field School tour in 2014. Students travelled to Peru to experience all that it has to offer, keeping in mind the values Mosqoy holds for sustainable tourism. Check out this blog post to hear more about their trip.
Biblioteca Q'enqo allows young students in the rural town of Q'enqo access to Spanish reading material and encourages excitement for learning. Biblioteca Q'enqo was funded by the grade three classes of Battalion Park School (2011-2015) in Calgary, Alberta. Mosqoy students and volunteers created the library in an unused classroom beside Q'enqo's elementary school. Read here to see the excitement that Bilioteca Q'enqo instils in Peruvian youth and adults alike. To read about the grade three experiences from the Battalion Park School check out their blog posts.
2011 WEAVING ENCUENTRO
The Weaving Encuentro is an annual uniting of Mosqoy's weaving communities. We invite partnering community members together in order to stimulate active discussion between communities and to share the year's most exciting events, learnings, and successes.
T'ikary students' 2010 graduation was Mosqoy's first graduation ceremony. This day celebrates students as they complete the T'ikary Youth Program. We wish them well as they go on to explore new careers and contribute to the communities they were raised in.
In 2006 Mosqoy held its commencement ceremony on July 22nd. The ceremony was held at Museo CATCCO in the town of Ollantaytambo. This ceremony brought together students and family members to celebrate the inauguration of Mosqoy as an organization!
A special thanks to all the talented photographers who helped make this gallery possible.