Funding a named scholarship is a wonderful way to pay tribute to a loved one’s memory or to create opportunities for students who are pursuing a specific field of study. Please email [email protected] if you would like more information on how you can create a named scholarship.

Stephen O. Murray Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Stephen O. Murray (1950-2019) a sociologist, anthropologist and independent scholar whose writings and personal life were devoted to advancing the cause of human rights. He wrote and contributed to more than 20 books and published studies in sociolinguistics, the history of social sciences, sexuality, and historical and cross-cultural studies of cultural and social forces that shape human behavior and identity throughout the world.

 In honor of Stephen’s extensive research and dedication to causes involving human behavior and human rights, the Stephen O. Murray Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who exemplifies outstanding character and leadership and demonstrates an interest in using their studies to advance causes involving human rights, civil rights, equality, justice, gender rights, civic participation, linguistic preservation, or cultural preservation.


The Scholarship Program for Rural Youth

CARI Scholarship

Members of the Collasuyu Archaeological Research Institute created this scholarship to encourage the study of Andean culture and hisotry. The scholarship will support students pursing studies in anthropology, archaeology, history, linguistics, and related fields that preserve and promote Andean culture.

The UCSB Anthropology Scholarship

This scholarship was founded by a group of anthropologists at the University of California- Santa Barbara to provide opportunities for students to pursue studies in anthropology or other fields related to the cultural preservation and history.


Making a donation on behalf of someone is a great gift idea for the socially conscious people in your life and a beautiful way to honor a loved one’s memory. To donate on behalf of someone please add the “in honor of…” or “in memory of..” information in the section marked “special note” on the online donation form. We will send a card to the person you would like to honor to let them know that a donation was made on their behalf.


The Scholarship Program provides an average of 50 scholarships a year to high school graduates from the rural communities where we work to pursue higher education. A donation of $500 provides a student with a scholarship to attend a technical institute for one year and a donation of $800 provides a student with a scholarship to attend a university for one year. If you are interested in sponsoring a scholar, please contact us at [email protected]


When you shop through AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to The Chijnaya Foundation. You simply need to sign into your Amazon account through the AmazonSmile portal and select The Chijnaya Foundation as your charity of choice. It is an easy way to give back while you shop at no extra cost to you!


When you fundraise it not only helps fund community projects but also spreads awareness on the culture of altiplano communities, the challenges they face, and the work that is being done to assist them.  If you are interested in fundraising to support the projects in Peru, you can start a campaign through our GoFundMe page. You can also explore ideas on how to create a successful fundraising event on our fundraising page.


If you are interested in setting up a recurring monthly donation simply select the “Make this a recurring donation” box when you donate, and your donation will automatically be submitted each month.


 100% of your contribution goes directly to projects in Peru.

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