The Village of Maras is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cusco. Several schools are located in the village of Maras and one of these schools is the San Luis Gonzaga School.
Approximately 60 students study at this primary school with teachers giving classes to children in 1st to 6th grade. Children attending this school have low economical resources. Parents of the children of the school work mainly in agriculture.
Since 2014, Cultural Immersion started a music project supporting the children of the San Luis School with the help of professional local artist Narciso Choque by accommodating music classes.
During the classes they are taught all the disciplines of music and art. With this project we can support the children in developing their talents and creativity. Learning to create and appreciate music and art is very important to the development of children as they grow up.
The project has grown over the past year and we are very happy that we now have come to the point that we are able to distribute musical instruments to the school.
We will continue with the music classes over the next years and from now on we will be able to start teaching the children how to play the instruments. Nevertheless, more than it being a project it is also an exchange. The project stimulates environmental awareness.
During the classes the children learn songs about the significance of the environment and as a compromise for the music classes and instruments the children promised to keep the surrounding area of the school, their town and the environment clean.
On April 30th the whole team of Cultural Immersion was warmly welcomed by the children and staff of the San Luis School in the village of Maras. On this day the donation of the instruments was made. Donations included all kinds of traditional instruments e.g. guitars, charangos, flutes, quenas, and a drum but also tuners and music stands that can be very useful for the classes. As a thank you for the reception of the donated instruments the children showed their musical talents by performing songs in their native language, Quechua.
The director, teachers, parents and children are now very happy with this project which will help them take part in several competitions and performances in the Cusco region to show their talents and all they are learning during their music classes.
This project could not have been accomplished without the help of the caring people that travel to Peru with us. Their care for the locals and the donations received from the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland, the United States have been of great help for the project.