SUPPORT MOSQOY TO SURVIVE & THRIVE
AFTER THE CHALLENGES OF 2020
What a year. For all around the world, this year has been filled with fear, rage, loneliness, and despair. And yet, perhaps interspersed in this marathon of chaos, some may have been able to find hidden moments of creativity, kindness, and collaboration.
Peru is currently under extreme political turmoil, after impeaching its president and now being ruled by a congress that is unsupportive of culture and education. As citizens protest to defend their rights, Peru continues to face one of its greatest socioeconomic and public health catastrophes. (For more info, check out: www.ashliakins.com/post/breaking-news-vacancy-president-of-peru)
Peru is just now tepidly finding its footing after facing the world’s longest lockdown. And, with nearly 35,000 deaths due to COVID-19, it has the world’s highest per capita death rate.
It is facing one of the worst economic recessions it has ever faced, with no long-term plan to recover in a holistic sustainable way that will support its local culture, environment, and economy.
This year, we face an unknown future as we challenge ourselves to not “go back to normal” – a normal that never was and never should have been – but instead to co-create a future that is more sustainable and equitable for all. Not someday and somewhere, but here and now.
We at Mosqoy feel all of these dichotomies. We have struggled. We have lost. We have paused. We have collaborated. We have adapted. And – above all – we are still here, working to be part of the collective solution, both short- and long-term.
We are delivering food baskets and emergency supplies to our five partnering communities.
We are teaching a Virtual Field School to students around the world to continue visiting Peru and learning about sustainability from abroad, while they cannot travel.
We are working towards creating better access to technology, and fostering virtual learning and digital literacy opportunities for our 10 Mosqoy Youth Program students.
We are finding innovative ways to sell our textiles online, so that we can keep purchasing monthly orders from our 70 partnering weavers – the only income they now have.
We are renovating Casa Mosqoy, so that we can provide our students with a cultural safehouse and dormitory the moment they return to school. A house that will be home to up to 40 students.
We are recuperating the alpaca-herding tradition in one of our partnering communities so that the colour diversity of their herds and their traditional knowledge is not lost.
We are launching an organic, fair-trade, hand-sheared, hand-spun, undyed, alpaca fibre yarn line for the first time ever, to support the 19 women spinners we work with.
We are launching a new robust supplementary educational curriculum for our students, so they can receive a holistic education on community leadership and professional development alongside their university degree.
We are adapting Casa Mosqoy to serve as a creative co-working space while our students are unable to study, so that artists and culture-bearers who have lost their studios can continue creating.
And we are doing so with a tiny team. Three full-time staff, six board members, and less than a dozen volunteers. It has been an exhausting, trying, and challenging year, with a shoestring budget. But we are passionate, dedicated, and invested. We believe in our mission and we are not going anywhere.
We invite you to join us.
It is once again time for our Annual Giving Campaign. Our goal is $20,000 CAD. Our six Board members have generously offered to match the first $6000 received by 100%, therefore doubling your donations.
But this year is different.
We desperately need this money to get through next year, even more so than in most years, since many of our sponsors pulled their annual funding for our programs due to COVID-related economic instability. And yet, we understand that you may no longer be in a position to support us.
While everyone, everywhere on our planet – perhaps for the first time in history – is collectively walking through this pandemic together, we are all in a way grieving it alone, each with our own unique experiences. We understand that while some can be the helpers, others need to reach out for support and have experienced the greatest pain of their lives. We understand that we will never truly empathize with your experience of 2020.
Therefore, we ask for your support, if you are in a position to give, big or small. During the holiday season, especially when we cannot be physically close to one another, it’s a great virtual way to show your support by giving a donation in someone else’s name. (See below for details on how you can donate.)
And also, we understand if you cannot send a donation this year. If this is the case, we are sorry, and we send our love and strength to you.
If you don’t have the ability to support us financially at this time, there are other things you can do to support Mosqoy. You can talk about us with your friends, share our campaign on social media (instagram: @mosqoyperu and facebook @mosqoy), and encourage others to donate, purchase textiles, or follow our work.
However you choose to support, we thank you, for being part of the collective solution.
With gratitude, now and always,
Founder & President, Mosqoy
Abran, son of weaver Alejandrina, in Cancha Cancha. By Ashli Akins.
How you can help this holiday season:
OPTION 1: Contribute to our Annual Giving Campaign.
Give a one-time gift and have your donation matched for double the impact! Your donation directly benefits the programs Mosqoy operates. Make a donation in a friend or family member’s name as a gift that gives this holiday season. Use the Donate button below.
Contribute a small monthly donation of $10, $25, or $50 through our safe, secure, automatic credit card processing.
If you would like to donate by cheque, please write it to "Mosqoy" and mail it to:
1004 North Park
Thank you for your support – past, present, and future.