A story of love and magic and healing
Niños del Sol is a children’s home in Peru where 18 children — all survivors of trauma, abuse and neglect — are being raised as a family. NdS is dedicated to nurturing the children with life skills, open hearts, yoga/wellness practices, organic food from local farms and their own garden, and lots of love.
Rather than being put on the street with few resources at age 18 like most orphans, our Niños are supported through University and trade academies, in order to break the cycle of poverty in their families and create leaders who will nurture the next generation of Peruvian children.
Niños del Sol depends on donations for its survival. We are supported by a U.S. board that is a 501c3 charity. All administrators are volunteers, so 99% of every tax-deductible donation directly benefits the kids (the rest goes to pay for costs like this website or our Paypal fees).
A Brief History
Our kids came to us alone in the world, orphaned or abandoned. Nearly all of them have been abused. Some have witnessed horrendous acts of violence. Not one child has ever arrived here with a single possession or toy. But our founder, Mama Kia, took them in and raised them with love, as a family.
When Mama Kia died, the children were orphaned a second time and went through another dark period in their lives.
We were so lucky to find our new Director, Viviana, and her husband Avishai, our Co-Director. The children, now called Niños Del Sol to reflect their proud Incan heritage, are functioning again as a strong, loving family. They laugh and learn together, help and support each other. Viviana discovered that our alumni We are so proud of what these kids have accomplished. It is nothing short of a miracle to see children who might have grown up illiterate and homeless doing well in University and preparing themselves to give back to the next generation.
Viviana discovered that our alumni were still trying to fulfill Kia’s dream of getting an education, but they had no practical support, so she has arranged for an apartment for them in Cusco and our kids are moving there as they graduate high school. Like any college kids, they come home on weekends whenever possible and help out around the house. This program is called Muju Runa.
We are so proud of what these kids have accomplished. It is nothing short of a miracle to see children who might have grown up illiterate and homeless succeeding in University and preparing themselves to give back to the next generation.
Offering support through post-secondary school not only breaks the cycle of poverty in these youth’s families forever, but allows us to raise a generation of leaders who will positively impact their community and reach out to the next generation of children in need. Read more about Muju Runa at this link.
Can you pledge your support? A base of monthly donations is what we really need to know the expenses will be met from month to month. Every little bit helps! You can also get involved by volunteering or fundraising for us.