Student Shelter Chaskawasi Manu (Perú)
Chaskawasi, Quechua word meaning Home of the Stars, is a dependent project from the non-profit Peruvian association Kausanaypaq Allin, another Quechua sound that evokes Living Well, in coordination with the Spanish NGO Neitanaque, meaning Walk in Machiguenga.
Chaskawasi Manu already has a history of 9 years in the service of the people of Manu in general, and the most remote and disadvantaged children in particular, promoting children’s basic rights such as access to education and health and respect for the environment and biodiversity by using resources from sustainability.
Currently at Chaskawasi Manu lives 20 children and adolescents from different Amazonian native and peasant communities, some of which are more than 5 day’s travel by boat on the Madre de Dios River. Their native languages are Quechua and Machiguenga although all speak Spanish.
They are between 9 and 17 years of age and they all come from situations of social exclusion and extreme poverty. Chaskawasi Manu provides these children with shelter, food and access to education and health. But most of all lots of love and acceptance for all children and families with whom we share our daily lives.
We also coordinate with various public and private institutions such as the City Hall, Health Center, the Local Education Management Unit, the Sub-Region and SERNANP, which deals with the Manu National Park, to facilitate our work, conduct joint training sessions and share communal areas, as well as professional volunteers to provide sustainability to our project.