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Will These Kids Make It to School Next Year? Mosqoy Needs Your Help to Fund Their Programs in the Peruvian Andes.

Mumbai, India, November 29, 2014 --( Mosqoy, a registered Canadian-Peruvian charity working with indigenous youth in Peru, funds Peruvian students from rural communities to attend post-secondary education, supports indigenous weavers to sell their traditional textiles at fair-trade marketplaces and works with elementary schools, high schools, and universities in North America to raise awareness and inspire future generations to become globally aware and responsible youth. However, if it fails to raise $10,000 by December 7th through its Indiegogo campaign, it will be forced to limit its operations and impact.

Mosqoy (moh - skoi ) means "dream" in Quechua, the indigenous language spoken in the Andean mountains, and demonstrates the organization's dream to educate youth in Andean communities and abroad, revitalize the cultural rights, traditions, and lands of Quechua communities and communities across cultures and borders to foster lasting relationships and support networks. Mosqoy has been successfully expanding its impact and operations since its humble beginnings 8 years ago and has done a lot with very little. However, it is currently facing its largest need for funding yet due to rising tuition and housing costs for students, as well as the increased need for stable on-site educators and program staff.

“Our current students are now studying various trades in the nearest city of Cusco. But current sponsorships and volunteer capacities simply cannot provide these youth with adequate support and education. These students depend on our sponsorship to receive greater academic, social, and economic opportunities not only for themselves, but also for their respective communities with the knowledge and resources they return with,” says Ashli Akins who set up Mosqoy in 2006.

The Mosqoy model is designed to become self-sustainable. Mosqoy Alumni will re-invest into the education fund after graduation, supporting future generations of students. Weavers will gradually set up enough capacity to develop local markets. With enough textile sales and program graduates, the youth of these communities will be running Mosqoy themselves.

You can donate to Mosqoy and get beautiful handwoven textiles, a pet Alpaca named after you, Peruvian recipes and postcards along with the knowledge that you’d be doing your bit to help sustain the traditional Quechua culture. Even donating as little as $5 will help Mosqoy stay alive. You can check out the campaign on or follow Mosqoy on Facebook or Twitter (@Mosqoy).

If you’d like more information about Mosqoy, or to schedule an interview with Ashli please email or send us a Tweet @Mosqoy.
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