In recent years the main purpose of Inka EF has been supporting particular talented students coming from a poor background by providing merit scholarships for peruvian schools – the Sonqocha project (meaning little heart in the quechua language). Thanks to gift from you, "godfathers" - how peruvian families spontaneously call their czech benefactors, the Inka Endowment Fund has, during it's 15 years of activity, improved the situation of over 1 250 children and youths in elementary and highschools in high-altitude mountain areas of Peru. We have supported active talented children with high interest in studying at a highschool and also those motivated to partake in community-beneficial extracurricular activities. The children were selected by foundation coordinators in Peru in collaboration with teachers, headmasters and town councils.
Currently (2017) we offer merit scholarship as a part of the Sonqocha project to aproximately 70 highschool students. Since the beggining of the foundations activity over 1200 students have made use of these scholarships, many of whom have already finished their studies and are working as, for example, village doctor, dentist, national park biologist, radio station editor, hygienist, as a member of Cusco department urban development team, etc. The goal of this support is to nurture a generation that is educated and skillful and will improve the quality of life of the Andes mountain range natives. Our experience shows that students after graduation tend to find better jobs and support their siblings or even members of the broader family network in turn. They improve family living and nutritional conditions, directly affecting the health of their relatives. They also cover study fees for their siblings. A nice part of the Sonqocha project is also the relationship between the supported student and their czech family.
Another one of Inka EF programs involves running workshops with knitting and sewing courses. The workshops are mobile, staying in a village for six to twelve months. The order in which the workshops are moved around the villages is alloted at region gatherings. Space for the workshop is arranged by the respective village, the foundation supplies mechinery and pays teaching wages. Some villages have set up their own workshops after the courses have ended, using municipal resources to fund operation and machinery. Some of the female course graduates have started their own microbusinesses and create custom-order clothing. The foundation currently owns 13 'professional' sewing machines and 10 knitting machines. Previously the courses have taken place in provinces Yanaoca, Acopia, Litivaca in the Chumbivilcas area, currently (2017) the courses are attended in two mountain range villages of the Paruro province.