Yachay Wasi, Inc.

Organization's name: Yachay Wasi, Inc.
Headquarters address  
Address: 708 West 192nd St. #6B New York, NY 10040

United States of America
Phone: 1-212-567-6447
Fax: 1-646-439-9005
Email: yachaywasi@nyc.rr.com
Web site: www.yachaywasi-ngo.org/
Organization type: Non-governmental organization
  • English
  • French
  • Quechua
  • Spanish


Areas of expertise & Fields of activity:
Economic and Social:
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Habitat
  • Human Rights
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Information
  • Intellectual Property
  • Social Development
  • Sustainable Development
  • Values

Gender Issues and Advancement of Women:
  • Indigenous women

Social Development:
  • Indigenous issues

Sustainable Development:
  • Biodiversity
  • Capacity-building
  • Climate change
  • Consumption and production patterns
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Forests
  • Freshwater
  • Health
  • Human settlements
  • Integrated decision-making
  • Major Groups
  • Mountains
  • Partnerships
  • Rural Development
  • Sanitation
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Sustainable development in a globalizing world
  • Transport
  • Waste (solid)
Geographic scope: International
Country of activity:
  • United States of America
  • Peru
  • France
Millennium Development Goals:
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
Mission statement:
Year established (YYYY): 1993
Year of registration (YYYY): 1993
Organizational structure: All corporate and associate members are unpaid volunteers. Because of lack of funding for Operational activities, there is no paid staff. There are occasional interns, none in 2008. Grants obtained, so far, are for projects in Peru Corporate Membership consists of the founding members of Yachay Wasi. In 2008, there are 3 Corporate members: President, Vice-President, Treasurer. Associate Membership consists of members who have been actively working on a volunteer basis with and for Yachay Wasi. There are at this time 5 Associate members in Peru.
Number and type of members: Yachay Wasi is not a member oriented NGO. Yachay Wasi services 2 Indigenous organizations and 800 individuals in Peru with concrete sustainable development assistance and information for capacity building and involvement in international affairs. One current environmental project benefiting 36 Indigenous communities has increased this number of individuals to 25,518. Yachay Wasi with its newsletter, internet mailing list provides information on Indigenous issues and United Nations work to some 521 individuals, including representatives of world Indigenous organizations and some UN agencies officers. Yachay Wasi with its participatory events informs and collaborates with 46 supportive organizations in 28 countries. AMERICAS: Peru; USA; Argentina; Brazil; Ecuador; Guatemala; Mexico; Puerto Rico; Saint Lucia; Canada AFRICA: Cameroon; Ethiopia; Kenya; Mali; Morocco; Tanzania; Sierra Leone ASIA: India; Indonesia; Nepal; Philippines EUROPE: Belgium; France; Finland; Russian Federation; Switzerland PACIFIC AREA: Australia; New Caledonia At-large Membership consists of members who pay dues to receive newsletter of Yachay Wasi and various additional mailings. Because of lack of staff for promotion, 2008 membership is only 15. Bulk mailing of newsletter free of charge in USA is 300 (2008).
Funding structure:
  • Donations and grants from domestic sources
  • Foreign and international grants
Funding structure other: Occasional UN Grants and International NGO grants are for projects in Peru only. Donations from corporate members to operational budget (under $15,000)

Additional Information

Sustainable Development

Major group affiliation:
  • Indigenous people
Involvement in UN Partnerships: Yes
If yes, explain in detail: Lead Partner since 2005 of Recovery of the Circuit of Four Lakes in the Peruvian Andes, a Water and sanitation project and Campaign of planting native trees. Member of the mountain Partnership since May 2009
Affiliation with other organizations: None at present. Past involvement: NGO Committee on the International Year of the World's Indigenous Peoples (1991 - 1994). Co-founding officers were members, prior to incorporation of Yachay Wasi, at creation of this NGO Committee. NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples (1995 - 2002). Yachay Wasi's representative was Treasurer (1995 thru 2000), then Vice-Chair (2000 thru 2002) of this NGO Committee. Yachay Wasi resigned in May 2002 and is no longer a member.
Publications: Book: Creation, Evolution and Eternity by Eliane Lacroix-Hopson, 2001 Newsletter: Yachay Wasi Simin (The Voice of Yachay Wasi) since 1994 thru 2004: 4 times per year. 2005 thru 2007: 1 per year (lack of staff & funds) Latest newsletter: besides hard copy, it is also on website.
Statements or documents submitted
Commission on Sustainable Development:
Statement in Archives of Yachay Wasi website (scroll down): http://www.yachaywasi-ngo.org/inkach3.htm