On December 13th, 2017, we will be traveling to present our first scholarship for women's education in Acolla, Peru.
Mayta + Sebastian is funding the initial scholarship of $1,000 in addition to the funds donated through gofundme.com in the image of my grandmother, Angelica Mayta Vda. Lino.
Funds will be used to provide additional scholarships and towards improving the schools facilities and educational tools.
The District of Acolla is one of the thirty-four districts of the Province of Jauja, located in the Department of Junín, in Peru. It is a beautiful place with mesmerizing nature about 122 square kilometers, and a population of approximately 8400 inhabitants. The district is now mainly occupied by elderly people, which are dedicated to agriculture.
Our goal is to raise money for Acolla’s Women’s school as a scholarship, and to show the young women the importance of atending school.
We also hope to grow the program over time to:
– Promote education in an area that has been abandoned for hundreds of years. The Acolla area was also affected by Terrorism in the 70s - 90s and constantly abused by the military.
– Promote gender equality in the native/Indian community.
– Promote women’s education in an area where women have been dedicated/limited to domestic support the men.
– Promote the lifestyle in the mountains as an effort to promote the native/Peruvian identity.
I would like to share the story of the heroes who encouraged my life and who inspired our project.
My grandmother Angelica Lino vda. Mayta was a daughter of farmers, who did not know how to write or read. She gave birth to 5 children, three of whom died in early infancy due to poor health-care conditions. After the death of her husband Maximo, she raised her two sons as well as a third step son, always promoting the importance of their education. Her two son's Raul and Victor went on to become University professors,
a testament to her tenacity and example. Currently, she is 100 years old, living in Cusco. She dedicated her life to her farm work, having hundreds of workers, and educating her son's by herself. She is an extraordinary example of hard work, dedication and leading by example.
My grandfather, Maximo Mayta Allpas, was the son of very poor farmers. He worked in illegal mines since he was a child until 45 years old. He died of tuberculosis due to the toxicity of the work in the mines at the age of 53, leaving behind his two sons who were only 7 and 14. When he was 45 years old (already a bit sick), he became the volunteer mayor of the town of Acolla, and promoted the ﬁrst communal School as well as organized the community for the construction of the school for women. Until the last days of his life, he promoted education at his town and in his house.