Our foundation has been collaborating with private individuals and groups who are working to collect new and used donated laptops for students in Cotacachi's communities.

Few indigenous students living in our remote rural communities have had access to public education since the beginning of the pandemic.

Those fortunate enough to have internet access usually rely on old inadequate cell phones to learn remotely. Many students have given up in frustration, leaving them far behind in their studies.


One of the projects working to gather laptops and bring them to Cotacachi was initiated by school teacher Mollie Kelleher of Colorado. She hopes to provide El Cercado students with fifty donated laptops. She is working on a team with the community president, Pedro Fernandez and expats Fred Hosea and Urku Deborah May.

Contact: kelleher_mary@svvsd.org for information about where to send donated new or used laptops in the United States. Contact wichanafoundation@gmail.com for information about where to send donated new or used laptops in Ecuador. To make US tax deductible donations to Cyber Cercado, click Donate Now (above right) and select Cyber Cercado from the options menu. Or come by the foundation office next to La Cuadra in Central Cotacachi any Saturday 9-1 and 2-5 to drop off a laptop or a donation. Thank you!

These photos are captures from Mollie Kelleher's PowerPoint slide presentation. You can view it and share it using this link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vSdGFNSA5mrKNMFNJtXOo2tRKcRw1YEZEu4UwaUYNIwdo4cSiR3Jfydjf9OO53jR5s0Jkeu7DsltlS1/pub?start=true&loop=false&delayms=3000&slide=id.gc774757191_0_0


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 

E: info@wichana.org

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