Without doubt, an essential part of a good education is…fun! On our last visit to our adopted school in Cajamarca, Peru, fun was in abundant supply.
If you’re not familiar, the Fair Indigo Foundation (learn more here) supports education in the communities where our products are made – including here in this remote and economically challenging region of Peru. Prior to the Serapis School opening, the kids in this area had little opportunity to attend school at all – the nearest school being several miles down the mountain, on foot.
The Foundation – funded wholly by $5 donations at checkout – is able to fund salaries for teachers at the school and, in 2014 helped provide electricity and clean drinking water for the first time.
On this trip, our co-benefactors, Elsa and Javier decided it was time to sprout some new smiles after a year of weightier accomplishments. The wife and husband team run the facility where many of our products are made and also donate to the school each year. The kids here mainly wear clothes made at home, so Elsa decided to knit up some silly hats – this type of whimsical design is not easily found in this area.
The results? Well the pictures speak for themselves.
Every child at the school received a hat and every hat became that much more adorable paired with a smile.
We were also honored to meet some of the parents of the children for the first time. While they appreciated the hats well enough, their gratitude for the school was brimming. Said one proud mother, Mayu, “With this school, my dreams have come true. I never thought I could give my daughters education, but here is a miracle on this mountain.”