What a great start for 2015
A new year holds expectations for us all and CW is no different. School is on summer vacation in Peru and the best time to get a lot of work done. We have many projects that need completing and others we haven't discovered that we need yet. See below what has happened already.
**We have updated our logo to better reflect that Chicuchas Wasi is a school for girls. Look at the logo globe in the header, what do you think of it?**
I'll bet you didn't know that our new school since it opened in 2012, has had no electricity, other than a borrowed extension from a neighbor. People in the Andes manage easily with little, in fact many rural families outside of the city live by the light of the sun. Ruth has applied to bring electricity to the school since 2012 for the obvious benefit it would bring to our students: technology, Internet and connection to the rest of the world, educational video programs, etc. Good fortune shined on us recently and over the last weekend the entire electric crew came and installed the CW electricity for a cost we can manage. Ruth made a deal with them, she bought the poles, cement, rocks, electric cables and hooks, and paid the labor. The entire electric crew came and installed electricity down the road to just inside the school gate. Soon, the electricity will extend to the classrooms. Finally! Today we have lights and plans for computers and an internet connection in the CW future. Please see photo below
While the CW school is closed for the summer, Ruth is taking advantage to build an adobe animal pen and cages to better manage our guinea pigs and sheep that will supply more protein to our meal program next March.
You may remember that our students were seriously anemic at the start of school in 2014, so we immediately changed to a high protein meal daily for all students and their mental and physical health improved.
The spirit of the families and staff is amazing at our school. You will see parents, teachers and other staff all jump in to help an important project. Here, the wife of the security man, is helping build this pen for the sheep that run around freely eating the vegetable garden we just planted with delight. We need the vegetables in the kitchen too.
Give the Gift of education for girls - Please DONATE today
“When we liberate girls with an education, they liberate those around them."
CW School is a happy safe place for our student with sounds of laughter and smiles all around. The CW team has created a loving environment for our girls to grow and explore freely, they are like little flowers that bloom fully in this love.
Our December fundraiser was successful and thanks to YOU we are off to a positive start for the new year. School will begin again in March with some newly completed benefits for the students.
We hope your 2015 is filled with peace, health, joy, and shared love for everyone. It is possible. Everything is possible.
Happy New Year 2015 - By Rae Lewis, Founder & President
This is the time of year when some people make a New Year's resolution. Some of us make a the resolution and keep it and some make one, then promptly forget it. Others don't bother, knowing they won't keep it. I am one of the latter.
When I reflect on another year coming to an end, I find this process takes me further back to 1987 when CW began and my life changed. I honestly had no idea how deep my commitment actually was or where it might lead. A catalyst yes, but it takes more than planting a seed to harvest an abundant crop. Many people like you came forward to help.YOU joined a growing army of kind, generous and thoughtful individuals who gave time, money and energy to help CW grow and have the incredible life-changing effect on the girls we serve today. Ruth joined in1998 and together we made observations and saw the changes that were needed. By 1996 we had learned that uneducated girls only could look forward to a live of misery and too many babies they could not feed. Decided by 1997, we founded the CW school for girls, though it is Ruth who is the educator and creator of the school.
Both Ruth and my thoughts have never been very far from CW for 27 years, so there must be an annual resolution in there somewhere, and we both keep our focus on CW even if not identified as a New Years resolution. What about you?
Chicuchas Wasi wishes for us all a 2015 with global peace, health, joy, and shared love for everyone. It is possible. Everything is possible.
As we leave the festivities of the holidays, we in the USA (and other countries surely) move into that dreaded time, called TAX TIME - time to pay our annual taxes.Please remember CW offers a 100% tax exemption for all donations made before midnight December 31, 2014. You can take the sting out of tax time knowing that you donate to a cause you trust and know that 99% of your donation will go directly to the school girls.
Our students wish to thank YOU for their 8 years of CW education. They are moving on in 2105 from 6th grade to public high school. Once again, our girls are ready and will make us all proud of their achievements, and I promise I will share them with you as they come up next year. YOUR donations gave them 8 years of a special school created and designed for them. Please click to see their video for you. THANK YOU
The CW school is closed for the summer, but before we ended the school year we had our Christmas party and we watched with mixed emotion as we sent off our 10 sixth grade graduates to public high school. We will miss these cheerful and hard working girls around the school next March when school begins for 2015. However, we know they will be moving on with confidence and academic readiness. GO Chicuchas Wasi Girls!
By now you all know that Efrain Valles is not only an active board member of the school, but a 27 year member of the CW family having joined as a child. Efrain gave a moving graduation speech to the girls, full of hope and encouragement for their futures. He reminded them that they are well prepared young women, ready to leave the protective arms of CW and move into the reality of Cusco public school, and they will do well. We expect to have frequent visits from these girls next year to tell us of their experiences and challenges - their faces nodded in smiling agreement. In the last photo the students are lined up, Efrain, Ruth and the teachers behind them. See photos below. Girls thank you video for you.
May I present the 2014 - SECOND graduation class of the CW school.
Give the Gift of education for girls
CW School celebrated a joyful Christmas party full of laughter, smiling happy faces, a gift of a large angel for every girl and a traditional 'chocolatada' (hot chocolate and panetone bread) You can see some parents came to watch the fun their daughters were having. We try to make this a happy celebration of our girls all together, so a positive school image to remember during the long 3 months that school will be closed.
HO HO HO....Chicuchas Wasi sends you a little cheer from our students - wishing you all the very best for the holidays.
The Holidays are upon us with only 11 days left until Christmas. Is finding that special gift for a loved one or friend frustrating? Why not give them the gift of a donation to educate a girl in their honor? We will be happy to send them a card (send us their name & address please) to tell them you did.
•••PLEASE make a gift of a DONATION TODAY•••
Our second CW graduating class is saying goodbye to their beloved school on December 19 in preparation for high school. A bitter - sweet moment for us all when our students move on. However, 8 years with chicuchas wasi school has given them a good foundation and our girls will do well.
***I thought you might be interested in Irene's experience at the CW School.***
Please see her the Student Hightlight below for her story.
Our annual fundraising campaign continues
until December 31, 2014
to raise the 2015 school budget of $130,000.
CW has raised $13,000 since December 2 (Giving Tuesday)
Last CW Update I listed the needed projects we still must fund complete and add to the school.
USA TAX time is almost here. Your tax deductible donation before the end of the year will lower your TAX due. Please remember to put something into the Chicuchas Wasi stocking
Your donations this holiday season is greatly appreciated.
Give the Gift of education to underserved girls
“A child born to a literate mother is 2X as likely to survive
past the age of 5."