K'anchay Project

What is K'anchay?

K'anchay - in Quechua: dawn light - directs its action to the training and integral development of the men and women of peasant communities who suffer from extreme poverty. Indeed, its scope of action is in one of Bolivia's poorest rural populations, named the Far North of the Department of Potosí. 

The institution, after a long period of diagnosis and analysis of reality in the area, initiated its intervention on September 1, 2002. Since then, the results of its action and, in several areas, the impacts obtained, are numerous.

In the field of education :

  • 6 boarding schools, 400 students per year.

  • distances of 3 or 4 hours (on average) between the school and their houses,

  • a healthy and balanced diet that promotes concentration and intellectual or/and physical effort.

  • an integral training and formation that, after the humanities, opens the way to higher education and today, professionals (agronomists and teachers or educators especially) who return to work in boarding schools as well as several leaders of social organizations who are at the service of their communities.

In the productive field :

  • many altered landscapes on dozens of hectares (reforestation, conservation and recovery of soils) and,

  • lthe most important, improving the organic production through the work of hundreds of farmers,

  • the food security of many families and their well-being, thanks to the excess of their crops that they can sell in small local markets.

The rewards are many, but the more gratifying ones will be long-term actions, like the awakening of the communities with which K'anchay is committed and their awareness, although still slow and partial, trained youth leaders in its boarding schools to become protagonists of their own development.

K'anchay is based on two programs: the education of young people and promoting an agro-ecological agriculture. It is through this mode of intervention that the association, which has been active for almost 20 years, claims to break the circle of poverty and provide the youth with future prospects.