The Munay T'ika School Project of Charcapata Annex was initiated
in the village of Charcapata during the Spring of 2000 as a result
of a "petition of request" presented to Richard Aguayo
of Muju Project and Donna Runnalls of Living Bridges during their
May 2000 visit to that community.
Papers signed by all the village parents listed the names of eligible
children who were currently deprived of starting school because
they were physically unable to complete the five hour round-trip
daily walk to the only other existing Q'eros school in another village.
As a result of receiving this sincere request for assistance, Muju
Project Of Cuzco began a search for teachers who could live full
time in Charcapata community and who were interested in teaching
and reviving the ancient customs of the Q'eros in addition to handling
the rigors of teaching bi-lingual Qiuchua and Spanish grammar. The
search located a wonderful couple, Maria Luisa Garrido and Mariano
Martines of Paurcatambo, Peru who along with their four- year old
son have handled the running of the new school in an inspiring and
The Students, Teachers, and Munay T'ika School, Charcapata
Not only has attendance been high (between 25 and 33 students daily)
but students have exceeded the expectations of the first six months
with their writing and counting skills. Parent involvement has increased
and many parents are now attending the new Adult Literacy School
The children chose to name the school Munay T'ika Project (The
Beautiful Flower Project).
Another special project of the school has been the tending and
operating of the new greenhouse. The children harvested their first
crops of lettuce and radishes in September, another "first"
for the village.
Living Bridges is providing ongoing funds for the school with
donations from individuals and groups who wish to see the Charcapata
school continue and the literacy program and greenhouse projects
develop in other villages.
Please visit our Adopt a School and Greenhouse
Section for details on How to Donate.
Vine Hill Elementary School Students
Scotts Valley, California, U.S.A.
Sponsors of Munay T'ika School