The Wiraqocha Foundation is a non-profit educational and charitable organization dedicated to the preservation of indigenous wisdom and knowledge systems of the Q'ero people of the Andes of Peru.
The Wiraqocha Foundation’s areas of focus, in keeping with our four point strategic plan, are education, health, cultural preservation and exchange, and service targeted to support specific programs and services. With the help of hundreds of members around the world, we are committed to building a service organization reflective of the fourth level.
Our Q'ero Kids Education Fund provides tuition assistance for the sons and daughters of Paqos to attend the private Arco Iris school in Cuzco, Peru. Wiraqocha Foundation is also the U.S. fIscal agent for willkayachay.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting schools in Q'eros, including the region's first high school.
Since its inception, the Wiraqocha Foundation has played a critical role in enabling Q’ero students’ access to quality education. Since 2005, WF has raised significant funds to help Q’ero children who have moved to Cuzco to attend school. The General Scholarship Fund aims to facilitate access and educational opportunity by offering tuition assistance in grades K-12 for children to attend private school in Cusco, Peru.
Since 1998, the Wiraqocha Foundation has provided support to Q’ero Kids in multiple ways, including:
Providing funding to Munay Tika school in Charqapata Q’eros
Funding the construction of three green houses to grow a more varied diet, and
Facilitating English classes to help Q’ero children maintain the authenticity of their family tradition through accurate translation.
Hosting four Q'ero Kids in Hawaii for a two-month intercultural exchange program
Sending an English teacher from Hawaii to Cuzco. Brendan Moore has been teaching kids and helping Q'ero families as a Wiraqocha English teacher since 2012
Sponsored 20 Q'ero children and parents on a visit to Machu Pikchu, one of many sacred temples of their ancestors. The tour was conducted in their native tongue of Runa Simi (Quechua) by Rudyt Waman Roman.
Women in the Q'ero communities are facing a health crisis. Many are dying due to the lack of availability of consistent, adequate and culturally sensitive health education and care.
This has hit home very personally over the years, and most recently with the death of our beloved Doña Bernadina and Doña Ramosa. We also nearly lost Doña Monica Q'espi due to women's health issues. (She the wife of Juan Apaza Flores, granddaughter of Don Manuel Q'espi and Mother of Ruben and Rina-Marta, two of our Q'ero Kids in the Arco Iris school program.)
In response, we are moved to to create a Q'ero Women's Health Project which will service needs through a Health Access Point in the San Sebastian neighborhood. Services and education will be delivered in Quechua for Q'ero families that live in Cuzco in an attempt to prevent any more of these tragic stories about Women's Health from occurring. Your generous support can help us create this Health Access Point.
In 1996, The Wiraqocha Foundation in partnership with the Peruvian Institute for Andean Health conducted a heath assessment of the Q’ero Nation. The health assessment revealed that being a Q’ero child under the age of five was risky; Infant mortality was highest where clean water access was lowest.
In response, Wiraqocha Foundation partnered with Living Bridges Foundation in 1998-2000 to help fund the Clean Water Project in Q'eros, providing a charcoal filter system and piping in clean water to central water spigots in each village.
Artists and culture bearers give voice to cultural identity.
Q'ero weavers, singers, musicians, and storytellers not only carry forth cultural traditions but also create new traditions rooted in their community and identity. By contributing to the cultural richness of their communities, they strengthen and embolden them.
The Wiraqocha Foundation is committed to the preservation of the Q’ero traditions. For the past twenty-five years, the foundation has served as a bridge between the Q'ero and the world- facilitating economic opportunities for Q’ero Priests to share their traditional weavings, songs, knowledge and ceremonies with the Western world.
Our Mestana collection includes more than 50 traditional Mestana cloths and rare, ancient style Ch'unchos designs, all collected from Q'ero Paqo families to keep them weaving their traditional Inka Patterns. By shopping our Market Place you help to encourage the rich traditions of weaving, music, and ceremony of the Q'ero community, educate the next generation of Paqos, and facilitate exchange while minimizing disturbance of the delicate fabric of this sacred people.
All proceeds from our Mestana sales go directly to the Q'ero Kids Education Fund.
Global Paqo Service Network
We are gathering names and emails of those interested in the joining the Global Paqo Service Network. This is a worldwide network of Paqos who come together to use the Inka Spiritual Tools on a global level for healing and transformation.
Hundreds of Paqos gathered virtually to send sami and eat the hoocha of the Hurricane Sandy survivors in New York. One of our paqos in the midst of the wreckage said "It was amazing...you could feel the sami descending...neighbors who hadn't spoken in years were greeting each other...asking what they could do to help."
We want to create more and more of these experiences, not only helping in disaster situations but working to stave off disasters...there is world of possibilities where Paqos can employ their skills and talents to help, starting with the most personal situations, to conflicts in towns, cities, weather events, war. Wherever there is Hoocha...WE CAN BE THERE!
When the need arises, we send occasional activation requests throughout the Global Paqo Service Network via email and our Wiraqocha Foundation Facebook page. Sign up below to get involved.