Chicuchas Wasi

Chicuchas Wasi Alternative School for Girls promotes gender equality in a male dominated society, personal self-esteem, and human dignity for the ignored, indigenous female population in rural Andean Society in Cusco, Peru by educating, preparing and empowering girls for a womanhood of economic survival, leadership for social change and new opportunity. With special classes we educate parents, teachers and community participants the value of female education- to end poverty, human rights violations, gender inequality, and prepare adult leaders to promote civic changes in their society by working together in the community.
Sep 23, 2014

105 Girls Celebrated THEIR Education on 9/19/14

Voted most collaboratlve student by each grade
Voted most collaboratlve student by each grade
Happy Anniversary Chicuchas Wasi
                                    - for 27 years helping children in need in Cusco, Peru
  • Photo of Most cooperative, supportive and positive students per grade -These girls were each chosen by their classmates to represent the most positive, cooperative and supportive student of their classroom this year. They are recognized with banners that say Primavera and has to do with honoring a student for the day of the student 9/20/14 and part of the celebration.
  • Photo of Ruth honors the Chicuchas Wasi Staff (below) - Ruth honors each member of the CW school team without whom we would not be realizing our incredible success: 8 teachers, 2 cooks, 1 bus driver and 1 assistant Director to work with Ruth. She thanks them for their passion and dedication to the 105 special girls we serve.

Chicuchas Wasi school for poor indigenous girls in Cusco exists because YOU cared enough to make educating 105 girls your concern and priority. You stood by us in 1987 when we opened an emergency shelter for the 7,8 to 12 year olds sleeping huddled in piles on cold cement streets and in doorways, stealing food, and worse. We learned so much from the stories these amazing children told us and decided we could do something to stem child abandonment. In 1997 YOU were there standing beside Ruth and I when we went against the local custom and belief and began to offer free education to the very girls that would too soon be mothers and the most likely to abandon their babies if left uneducated. 

Today, September 19, 2014 celebrates 27 years since Ronald, the first child to receive emergency shelter and nursing care after a knife wound to his arm while being robbed by another child. From that start in1987, today CW is educating girls to be able to survive economically and be financially independent mothers one day and strong leaders for a future with equality for indigenous girls and women in Cusco.

There was so much more along the way, but you know this story. Many of you were there with us and gave us the courage and strength to dare to challenge the Andean belief that girls don't matter.

YOU are the loyal supporters and donors of our 27 year history fighting for the basic rights of indigenous children and providing the love, education and support they must have for a life out of poverty and oppression.

                                          Education of GIRLS is urgent!

                                                 YOU are our heros.
                                      YOU help us empower 105 girls!

                                                     THANK YOU!!

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                           Celebrating student TALENT at the CW school 

The anniversary celebration included a talent competition (photos below)

  • Categories were Academic, Artistic, and Physical that included Mathematics, Communication, Poetry, Art, Dance and Choreography and Reading
  • Students organized their choreography and dance costumes
  • Students presented their own poems to the teachers with a microphone for all to hear
  • Every student voted on the most collaborative student in their grade home room
  • Every student, grade 1-6, participated in a Mathematics competition with 1 winner per class
CW staff is honored for dedication and passion
CW staff is honored for dedication and passion
Student Dance & Choreographic entry
Student Dance & Choreographic entry
Dance & Choreographic entry
Dance & Choreographic entry
Mathematic competition winners of each grade
Mathematic competition winners of each grade
Students thank you for giving them an education
Students thank you for giving them an education

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Aug 26, 2014

Essential nutrition = Alert minds

High Protein daily hot meal for all students
High Protein daily hot meal for all students
Good Nutrition builds strong, healthy bodies and minds - malnutrition damages for a lifetime

                                     YEA!! Their smiles are back!

                                YOU make the difference for our girls!
                                                    Thank you

 

Each March begins a new school year in Cusco and when CW students receive their annual medical and dental exams. During their 3 months vacation at home, student nutrition suffered severely, our poor parents cannot afford quality food for their families. The results were shocking. One third of our girls were severely anemic and the rest were borderline anemic. We were advised by the medical team to add animal protein and vitamins to our hot meal program immediately and we did. Today our girls are healthy again.

Ruth created a new plan to supply our kitchen with the ingredients needed for the new diet to keep our growing girls healthy and learning. The school garden grew, adding 24 chickens, guinea pigs and 2 sheep to supply our kitchen for the high protein meal served daily to 105 students. Gardening for nutrition is part of the school curriculum now and the girls get their hands in the garden and feed the animals. The grounds keeper actually keeps the garden and animals but the girls are learning they can grow quality food for better health.

                      Malnutrition in childhood causes irreversible damage. 

Then six weeks ago it became obvious that more than the usual few arriving hungry each morning had grown to half of the student body. Ruth increased the oatmeal and bread breakfast for the students needing to eat and classes continued without a fuss. Our students are doing well again. Poverty is tough on all but worse on the innocent and helpless ones.

Chicuchas Wasi school for girls is an evolving project and we keep our eyes open to address issues before they become a serious problem.

                                            This is the success of CW

                          We have immense appreciation of you - THANK YOU

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Hot herbal tea and bread alone is not enough
Hot herbal tea and bread alone is not enough
Breakfast for those who arrive hungry
Breakfast for those who arrive hungry
Students achieve much more now
Students achieve much more now
I was really hungry
I was really hungry

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Jul 11, 2014

CW girls achieve more through ART 7/11/14

Students learn through creating their special art
Students learn through creating their special art
     Reading, Writing & Arithmetic with ART = Success in all subjects

"Where did play go? Lately, play is treated as an extra, not a necessity. Yet, there is a new movement taking shape that recognizes play as a critical pathway to creativity, innovation and ultimately, any person's success in a rapidly changing world. " - Ashoka Community's Insights

             YOUR donations provide quality education in every subject. 

               Today it is understood that Art opens the door to learning. 

                               THANK YOU for what you give our girls

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Most of our girls have few of the basics in their 1 room homes; a doll for a 4 or 5 year old little girl is not a priority when food and a roof are a struggle to provide.

Our fantastic Kindergarten teachers understand their students all too well and created a special art project where each girl would create her very own unique doll herself and when finished it was hers to take home. These are the steps they took with growing confidence and a cheering section of teachers to lead the way.

                                                   Thank you

        In addition to educating girls, YOU are giving them back their childhood

Deeply focused on making the parts of her Doll
Deeply focused on making the parts of her Doll
Already she knows HER Doll as is
Already she knows HER Doll as is
Contented girls! We did it & we can take them home
Contented girls! We did it & we can take them home

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