Chaskis (or Chasquis) runners that delivered messages, royal delicacies such as fish, and other objects throughout the Inca Empire (1400-1500). Chaskis used a relay system which allowed them to convey messages over very long distances within a short period of time.
We chose Chaski as our team name for several reasons. First, we are both working with the Instituto Defensa Legal (IDL) in communications positions. Annie is working as a journalist and researcher and Alanna is working as web master. Additionally, the name was chosen as a means of connecting with and promoting Perú's deep and interesting history.
Together we aim to raise $4000 to help send more skilled professionals like ourselves to a wide range of areas across the globe working with a diverse range of development organizations.
IDL is one of the amazing development organizations. IDL works to provide access to justice to vulnerable groups in Peru, including women and indigenous populations. Like many societies across the globe, Peruvian society continues to face many problems regarding access to justice for the most vulnerable and oppressed sectors of society. The work that IDL does really makes an observable change.
IDL seeks to promote a justice system that respects the country’s cultural diversity, one that responds efficiently to the demand for access to formal and alternative justice systems by members of the indigenous or low-income population without any type of discrimination.
IDL has several areas with specific development aims. These areas include a Revista Ideele (a monthly magazine), Radio IDL (a weekly morning current events program), and IDL Reporterors (an independent reporters and news group). And much more!
Both members of Team Chaski work primarily with the magazine, Revista Ideele
(http://www.revistaideele.com/ideele/), aiding in the continued development of their website, social media outreach strategies to reach younger readers, and researching and writing articles. However, at IDL there is a culture of cooperation and everyone works together to achieve the organizations aims!
The relationship between Cuso Int’l and IDL started in 2002. The two organizations share common objectives concerning the study of social justice issues, particularly, issues related to the realities faced by disadvantaged women and children. Coming from Canada, which has a history of oppression and systematic racism effecting disadvantaged sectors of society, I am interested to experience how similar issues are addressed and to share these perspectives back home.
Cuso volunteers share skills with people in some of the world’s poorest countries, helping those living in poverty help themselves. Your donation helps Cuso International send skilled professionals to share their knowledge and experience with people trying to build better futures.
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Thank you so much for supporting Cuso International!
Team Chaski (Annie Thériault & Alanna MacNevin)
P.S. Don’t forget, thanks to an agreement with the Canadian International Development Agency, the value of your gift is leveraged nine times. Every $10 you donate becomes $100, $25 becomes $250, $100 becomes $1,000.