In 2001, Helena van Engelen (1949) left her home country of the Netherlands to go to Urubamba in Peru, to build a centre in the Holy Valley where children from the surrounding poverty-stricken communities could live and learn.
In 2003, the Kuychi Foundation was set up to support Niños del Arco Iris.
Helena had a mission when she set off for Peru: to give disadvantaged children a home and a future. The names of both foundations, Arco Iris and Kuychi, refer to the rainbow, in both Spanish and in the Quechua language. Quechua is the ancient language of the Indians that is still spoken in the Andes.
In the Netherlands
The aim of Kuychi is to attract financial resources, to manage these and to make them available for the project in Urubamba. To achieve these goals, Kuychi looks for donors, sponsors and trusts, and organises promotional activities to make people aware of the project that offers a better future to the deprived children in Peru.
All activities are carried out by the Kuychi Foundation and its volunteers are done free of charge. Kuychi is proud of the fact that no overhead costs are incurred for the project. All costs and travel expenses are paid for by the board members and the volunteers themselves. The Foundation’s office in Eindhoven coordinates the tasks of the volunteers in the Netherlands.