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Mirasol Project Update

The Mirasol Collection is a beautiful line of yarn with a wide variety of patterns designed by Jane Ellison.

It also has a beautiful back story.

The line was developed to help fund a school in the remote area of Munani in the region of Puno to educate the children of the shepherds.

As the US distributor of the Mirasol Collection (distributors for other countries are listed here), KFI regularly receives updates on the school and the children. They are always exciting to read. We thought you would enjoy them, too, as it would give you a chance to see how your purchases are helping.


Mirasol students with kites

The students made and flew their own kites.

In August the students made kites using native bamboo and plastic. The kite that flew the highest was declared the winner.

The program director, Lourdes, shared this story about the students’ excitement for their kites:

Huber (5th grade) and Rufina (6th grade) – Their kites were up in the sky and in fact they were highest ones of their class.  Then they started to fall down and they were far away. But the kids did not care how far they were and started to run as fast as they could to save their kites. They did not want to lose them since they were made by themselves.  For them these kite were their trophy.

Students with sports balls

A school supporter sent volleyballs and soccer balls.

Over the summer the school received a donation of volleyballs and footballs–soccer balls in the US :-)–which expanded the exercise and sports options and gave the students more opportunity to learn about sportsmanship. Lourdes shared the story of a student named Abad who was very upset when a football game ended in a tie after his team had been winning. “I felt very bad, but later I started to think that next time they won’t beat us, as we will have to work harder and practice much more in order to win,” Abad says.

In July and August the school hired a new principal and new teachers. “Now we have two Quechua-speaking teachers, which are a great asset and help to the school,” Lourdes writes. “Communication with children and parents is more fluent now.” The official language of Peru is Spanish, which puts children speaking the native Andean language of Quechua at a disadvantage when they go to state schools. Now that teachers at the Mirasol Boarding House speak both languages the students are improving in both and will be better prepared for the future.

Students in their garden

Each grade level has a garden plot they tend.

In addition to traditional school subjects, students learn a variety of life skills. Each grade has a garden plot they tend. When the greenhouse was damaged by wind parents helped repair it. Students also learn about the importance of not wasting water, a topic about which they made posters to help educate each other.

The school is a boarding school where the students live during the week while their parents are tending their alpacas. The teachers also live on site. The program is looking to improve the facilities so the teachers can have private rooms as well as a game room for them to relax.

The school got electricity in June so they no longer have to rely on a generator, which expands the leisure options for the faculty members. Can you imagine not having electricity? If the power goes out for an hour I get upset!

You can read more about The Mirasol Project and the school on their official website.

It’s amazing how yarn connects the world.

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