Asociacion Civil Yachay Wasi Casa Cultural Ollantaytambo

YACHAY WASI is a Quechua expression (the ancient language of the Incas), which means "house of learning". This is what we have named this non-profit association, which hopes to open doors to culture and education, by inspiring an interest in reading, culture, sport, art and knowledge. Our mission is to complement and contribute to the formal and informal education of children and adolescents in the district of Ollantaytambo, offering various educational and recreational alternatives and activities. We are interested in forming people who are reflective, creative, critical, secure in themselves, motivated and balanced, transmitting to them good values and providing them with tool...
Jul 31, 2013

July 2013

Ana Cecilia in the "Water Day Parade"
Ana Cecilia in the "Water Day Parade"

The first half of the school year is over and many things have happened in our Early Education Centre. Thanks to your help, much is being accomplished. The project is progressing, having a profound impact not only on its 45 little students, but also on their families.

Our 3 groups of children have significantly progressed in their emotional, cognitive and social development. Many children have benefited greatly by attending the Centre, like Ana Cecilia.
Ana Cecilia is a Quechua speaker 4 years old girl. Her mother, a young girl, abandoned her when she was a baby and her grandparents take care of her since then. Her grandmother is a street vendor and his grandfather has problems with alcohol. They speak little Spanish, have never gone to school, and had no money to send Ana Cecilia to kindergarden before, to buy the school supplies, uniform, and all the things that are asked in the public kindergarden. For that reason, until this year Ana Cecilia spent all day with her grandmother, helping her to sell her products to tourists in the town square, from 6am to 5pm.

Since March Ana attends Yachay Wasi each morning and has had a lot of progress. She can speak Spanish and communicate better with others, she has learned to count up to 10, to recognize colors in Spanish and English, to sing songs, to express herself through art and interact with peers. She is a very loving and cheerful girl and is very happy to come to Yachay Wasi.
In her own words: "I like coming to the kindergarden because I have much fun and learn many new things. I love playing on the swings and singing songs."
Her grandparents are very happy with the Centre as well, and participate in all the tasks and parents activities.
Like Ana Cecilia, many children are well cared, fed and are learning through play, while their mothers can work without being concerned about their children, knowing they are at Yachay Wasi.
Thanks again for making this possible,
Guillermina Sánchez
Project Director and Yachay Wasi´s Headmaster
Ana Cecilia
Ana Cecilia's grandfather helping in our garden
Ana Cecilia in the "Water Day Parade"
Ana Cecilia in the "Water Day Parade"
Ana Cecilia
Ana Cecilia's grandfather helping in our garden
Jan 3, 2013

HAPPY 2013!!!!

children participated in a dance demonstration
children participated in a dance demonstration

We wish you A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013.

I am very pleased to report that, thanks to your generosity, we had a successful year. A year full of laughs, play, learning, joy, gratitude and love. A year in which we consolidated as an Early Education Center, we got close to families and the community in general. A year in which our children participated in many and varied activities of emotional, intellectual, and physical development in an environment of constant learning and fun.

Many mothers began to work, collaborating with the family economy, and many parents were also encouraged to consult our psychologist and began a treatment with her. They ensure that the work of Yachay Wasi has been of great help in their homes.

We are very happy with the results obtained in 2012 and we wish that 2013 is even better.

By donating to this project you have helped many of Ollantaytambo children to receive good quality early-education and care, and welfare for their families.

On behalf of our staff and all the children and families benefiting from your support, thank you and have a GREAT  2013!!!

psicomotor lesson
psicomotor lesson
circus lessons
circus lessons
children harvesting beeds in our garden
children harvesting beeds in our garden
Yesenia, Percy and Wendy
Yesenia, Percy and Wendy
ceramic lessons
ceramic lessons
visit to a farm
visit to a farm

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Aug 27, 2012

Our work in the past three months

the littlest ones painting
the littlest ones painting

Hello, I am writing to thank you for supporting the Yachay Wasi Project, and to tell you about the good work you have funded in the past three months.

In the past three months we´ve done lots of things. We could finally finish our stairs and balcony for the second floor, and we made a slide and a little house for the children. They are happy playing there every morning. We also improved our green area, we are growing vegetables and planting some medicinal plants in our Tierra de Niños, so that the children can learn to take care of the earth and families learn to eat healthy.

Our local teachers received professional training from an expert in early education and psycomotor activity, and received some good material to keep on learning. We´ll have another training soon.

Our psychologist Ana organized two "Escuela de Padres" where we talked about "First Aids for Children" and "How to put limits to our children", as part of a work of autoesteem for the parents. They showed very interested on this topics, and we'll continue working with parents across the year.

45 children attend the day care center every day. They have learned a lot of things since they arrived. Through play, they learn mathematical and language concepts and other languages such as English and Quechua. The littlest ones love to explore and play with water, sand and different materials. Children also attend to various workshops such as computing, art, body-expression, gardening, music, which helps them develop their creativity. They´ve created wonderful things.

Benjamín and Jose, for instance, love to play with water and construction blocks, they build big towels every day! They are 2 years old, twins, the smallest of the 6 brothers and sisters from a very poor family. Their mother works at the local market selling food and don´t have much help from her husband. The first weeks Benjamín did not want to enter to the kindergarden, he was crying everytime his mom was going away. Now he comes happily and enters running to his classroom. Both of them are learning a lot and their mother can work better knowing the twins are well cared and in a safe place.

The most important is that all the children have learned to share, to play toghether, to help others, to listen and respect others and nature. They are connecting with nature, taking care of it and loving it. Now we have the feeling of a big family.

Thanks for your support! We still need your help to keep on growing and improving this happy place.

counting and adding with recycled material
counting and adding with recycled material
our new stairs, slide and little house all in one
our new stairs, slide and little house all in one
little artist
little artist
planting vegetables
planting vegetables
making costumes
making costumes
Benjamin
Benjamin
playing with water and sand
playing with water and sand
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