Sunday, June 21, 2009

Ollantaytambo Tini 2009 Project

Several Casady students spent the first days of their summer vacation in Peru--not on a sightseeing venture but on a mission to help World Leadership School and the children of Ollantaytambo.

During their journey, the students moved a giant debris-choked hill of dirt and spread it around the new Children’s Land in Ollantaytambo, Peru. They also built a fence around the play area, painted the fence and put doors and windows in the thatched meeting hut built by the Shady Side students this spring.

"I really enjoyed getting to know some of you over the last few months and I want you to know that the students and Casady faculty who went on this trip did a really fabulous job," said Ross Wehner, executive director of the Denver-based World Leadership School.

The work is part of an ongoing project to convert a trash dump into a “Children’s Land.” This experiential learning area is part of an after-school program funded by World Leadership School that helps children in Ollantaytambo become stewards of their environment. Here’s the blog in Spanish from the Children’s Land: and Casady’s blog (in Spanish):

World Leadership School programs examine different global issues but all share the same three basic goals:

Learn to draw connections around global issues
Develop confidence to create positive change
Embark on a path of self awareness and leadership
For more information, visit its website at

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