The Altivas Canas Children’s Project is a grass roots mission that reaches out to children in the neighborhood of Altivas Canas on the edge of the city of Cusco. It was started 9 years ago by a single mother of three children. She could not afford to feed her kids, nor could she leave them alone to work. Quintina felt called to do something about it. She went throughout her neighborhood in search of other single mothers that were in the same situation. She found a handful of them. She then invited the children of the other mothers to come to her home in order to help raise the kids in a healthy home environment. The other mothers were then able to go out and work, which began to provide some support for Quintina’s work. Thus, the grass roots of the mission.
Now, the mission is reaching 25-30 kids daily. At the end of the day, the kids have their homework done, are fed, have had some social interaction and physical activity, and they are ready to go spend time with their mothers who have been working hard all day and afternoon.
The limitation with the current project is space. Quintina has a dream of reaching more children, but without more space, her humble home is just not enough. She has recently purchased the neighboring property and has begun construction of a facility. With the rest year of profits from Motomission, we will fund a building project that will double the amount of space for the project. It will allow for about 50-60 kids. With the profits from years 2-5, we will fund an endowment that will provide the project with the needed funds to operate indefinitely in to the future.