This handrafted 18 inch figurine depicts Aya Huma,  a spirit representation of the local Andean Kichwa culture.   Socially and culturally Aya Huma consists of the vital energy found in nature mystical and  is a popular character that doesn’t get tired, remains resolute and demonstrates courage in an impish way; leading and enlivening the main ceremonies, festivals, rituals and dances of the runa  people.  Available for pick-up or delivery in Cotacachi or Otavalo.  Delivery in the US is delayed due to the pandemic.  Smaller sizes available upon request. Proceeds go to the Kichwa Cultural Center Muyumi Kanki.

Aya Huma Handcrafted Figurine

$30.00Price

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    Wichana Foundation was started in the fall of 2019 by Peter Bernstein, Sarah Cox and Urku Deborah May to support community-based programs in Ecuador that benefit the health, education and culture of community members. We raise funds through individual donations, grants and by selling artisanal crafts. 

    CURRENT PARTNER PROJECTS

    Mojandita Curubi Centro de Salud, a rural health clinic just outside of Otavalo  

    Muyumi Kanki Kichwa Cultural Center, an indigenous-led organization in Cotacachi focusing on the revitalization of  Kichwa culture and language

    K'allam'p, an indigenous-led project working to educate rural indigenous communities on sustainable farming techniques, nutrition and other public health issues. 

    Place of Hope, a volunteer organization providing breakfast and food delivery to hundreds of the poorest elders of Cotacachi and the surrounding communities.

    Siona Community of Cuyabeno fundraiser for emergency food and medicine for indigenous people in the Amazon region of Ecuador 

    Our Women's Advisory Committee provides us with 

    guidance from the outstanding women leaders of our partner projects. The members  provide one another with mutual support, thoughtful project analysis, organizational tools, shared dreams and sisterly encouragement.

    Their guidance for the foundation's direction is vital to our success. It is rooted in their deep understanding of the needs of the families and communities they serve through their service organizations in Cotacachi and Otavalo.

    Martha Chavez of Mojanidta Curubi Health Center

    Koya Valencia of Muyumi Kanki Kichwa Cultural Center

    Dra. Kaya Alta of K'allam'p

    Urku Deborah May of Wichana Foundation

    Salome Alvear of Place of Hope Lugar de Esperanza

    Aidayadira Saavedraoyagata of K'allam'p

    Alli Tolbert, Facilitator, Wichana Foundation

    Rosita Cabezas of Mojandita Curubi Health Center

    The Wichana Foundation is a US tax-exempt organization (501(c)(3)) so contributions are tax deductible as permitted by applicable law.

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    T: 917-273-0360 

    E: info@wichana.org

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