The Fair Indigo Foundation

Fair Indigo Foundation

In addition to paying workers fair wages, we believe the best way for communities to achieve prosperity is through education. The Fair Indigo Foundation was established in 2006 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities in the communities where our products are made.

The Foundation is funded by donations and the support of Fair Indigo, which covers all administrative and fundraising costs. This ensures that every dollar donated (that's 100%) goes directly to supporting two impoverished schools in Peru. If you would like to make a donation to the Foundation, you can do so in your shopping cart. If you wish to donate without making a purchase, please contact us.
 
Everything below was funded wholly by $5 donations at checkout.
 

The Serapis School

Fair Indigo Foundation

Serapis, an elementary school in the high Andes of northern Peru, serves rural children near Cajamarca. The Serapis school was founded by the family that helps us make our Joobles line of organic, fair trade stuffed animals.

Serapis School

With no running water or electricity, the school is nestled in the high Andean countryside and attended by 45 children ranging in age from 3-13 years. Before the opening of Serapis, children had to walk many miles down the mountain to attend school in the nearest town and, not surprisingly, attendance was spotty.

Serapis School

The opportunity to attend class close to home has made life much easier in this rural community. Breakfast and lunch are prepared daily by parent volunteers and again, not surprisingly, attendance has improved dramatically as families get directly involved in the "neighborhood" school.

Serapis School

The Fair Indigo Foundation supports the school by providing money for teachers’ salaries, school supplies and books for the classrooms, and funding for indoor bathroom facilities to replace the outdated and dilapidated outdoor ones.

Serapis School

Progress is being made for the small school of 45 students and 2 teachers in 2014. New, brightly colored tables and chairs have been added to the dining room where the kids eat breakfast and lunch daily. Even more exciting, the Serapis School now has electricity and access to safe, clean drinking water - an undoubtedly huge improvement for this small, rural school. 
 
Serapis School
 
In 2015 we were honored to meet the parents of the school children for the first time. We were so touched by the heartfelt gratitude expressed by so many. It's hard for most of us to imagine, but just a few years ago, these parents had little hope that their children would ever see the inside of a classroom. Teacher recruitment is a constant challenge, but donations in 2015 enabled the school to hire another teacher. With this hire, they're able to separate the older kids from the younger ones, streamlining their lessons.
 

The Manchay School

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The Manchay School combats urban poverty by serving the children of families living in one of the poorest neighborhoods outside of the capital city of Lima - the desert hillside shantytown pictured above. Manchay School is supported by the local Rotary Club and we continue to work with local Rotarians whose efforts have resulted in noticeable improvements to the school including new windows and new bathroom facilities. 

Manchay School

Our most recent donation was used to build a new classroom and to purchase equipment for a new computer lab. Donations of books and supplies in 2008 and 2010, along with books donated from various other groups, have grown into a beautiful library. 

Manchay School

Approximately 350 students - a number that has increased by over 100 students in two years' time - attend class at the Manchay School and we are humbled by the gratitude of the teachers and students for the donations we give through the generous support of our customers.

Manchay School

Workers continued to expand the second floor of what was originally a single-level building at the Manchay School. The library, which is housed on the first floor, is a single room in pristine condition filled floor to ceiling with books on brightly colored shelves.

Manchay School

In 2014, renovations proceeded to include a second-floor computer lab and additional classrooms. A cement slab has been poured on the side of the building where the kids will be able to play organized sports like soccer and volleyball. When asked their favorite activities, the kids' most popular responses included studying and playing soccer.
 
In 2015 we were thrilled to learn that the Manchay School was finally officially recognized and is now being funded by the government - this has been the goal of the school's caretakers from the beginning.