With funding from the Lifeboat Foundation of Chicago, the Chijnaya Foundation has offered scholarships since 2007 to high school graduates to pursue higher education in regional technical schools or universities. At present 28 young scholars are receiving partial funding to cover the costs of room, board, and books.
Special Needs Outreach
Inspired by the ambition of a young sight-impaired teenager in the community of Chijnaya to go to school and learn career skills, the Foundation extended assistance to that individual and later to an educational facility specializing in adaptive skills and education. The computer improvements continue to be an important tool for current students at the Puno facility for the blind, and the facility has itself evolved to include other students with special needs, including students with Down Syndrome and cerebral palsy.