The pandemic shut down Cotacachi during the Andean celebration of the spring equinox, Pawkar Raymi. At that time, we took this photo of Mama Yachak (Shaman) Juana Morales burning ancestral cleansing plants, herbs and branches from her garden so that their smoke would ward off a new threat to the health of her family and indigenous community, Morales Chupa.  

On October 11, Yanneck Pack and the Wichana Foundation organized a Pandemic Response Fair at Jambi Mascari in Cotacachi. Eleven local organizations accepted our invitation to provide information and speakers to share with community members details about their work providing emergency goods and services to the most vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19.  All of the participating organizations have solid track records and financial accounting systems. 


Volunteer Alli Tolbert collected data from each of the participating organizations and developed this report on their observations about how the pandemic is affecting people today in Cotacachi.  The document includes an analysis of the most urgent problems as well as detailed information about each of the organizations.


You can make a single donation to all these donations via Wichana. We will evenly split your donations among all the organizations who participated in this event, groups who continue to provide Cotacachi's neediest with emergency food, medical care and other services during the pandemic.  Click on the button below to donate to the Pandemic Response Fair option on the Wichana Foundatoin PayPal page.


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. 


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.


T: 917-273-0360 


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