Sacred Valley Project

The mission of the Sacred Valley Project is to provide boarding and supplementary education for young women from low income families in remote areas of the Andes so that they can continue and complete their secondary education. We work with adolescent girls from remote regions of the Sacred Valley with strong academic potential but little access to education. In our program, young and bright girls are provided with a safe place to stay, well-balanced meals, access to public schools, private tutoring and opportunities for learning and work after graduation. Chairma...

Sacred Valley Project
33 Stephen Street
Montclair, New Jersey 07042
United States
9737830961
http://sacredvalleyproject.org

Board of Directors

Alex S Ball, Gabriela Scarafioca, Joseph Levitan

Mission

The mission of the Sacred Valley Project is to provide boarding and supplementary education for young women from low income families in remote areas of the Andes so that they can continue and complete their secondary education. We work with adolescent girls from remote regions of the Sacred Valley with strong academic potential but little access to education. In our program, young and bright girls are provided with a safe place to stay, well-balanced meals, access to public schools, private tutoring and opportunities for learning and work after graduation. Chairman Alex Ball developed the idea behind the Sacred Valley Project after having worked in rural highland communities of the Cusco region. While working in the village of Soccma, he would sit in the afternoons with his goddaughter Maria Elena to help with her homework. One afternoon, while going over her math homework, Alex asked her about her plans for high school. She responded that this would be her last year of school because she didn't have access to housing in town and it was too far to walk to and from high school every day. Although she lacked the opportunity, her continuing diligence and desire to study became a major inspiration for the creation of the project. Alex discussed the idea of an educational dormitory with community members, local officials and indigenous leaders of the region, and together they concluded that the best way to support their own villages was through education. 2010 marked the first year of the Sacred Valley Project. Initially consisting of six students, the project has steadily grown every year. In order to accomodate for the growth of our project, we have recently undertaken the task of building a brand new dormitory for our students within the indigenous Community of Ollanta. We aspire to facilitate cultural pride and self respect in our students, enabling them to be indigenous leaders who generate positive growth and economic development through education.

Programs

There are various programs within the Sacred Valley Project, including-- A. Constructing and maintaining dormitories for female students from poor and marginalized communities who show academic potential. B. Providing supplementary education, academic support and security for girls to attend secondary school. C. Assisting in the pursuit of higher education in order to form female leaders who will work for the progress and development of their communities. D. Educating the women who will become the mothers of educated children and will cultivate a culture that prioritizes education in their communities. E. Preserving the cultural values by utilizing traditional agricultural, artistic and culinary practices. F. Creating an atmosphere in which the students approach their studies as a priority and work to develop their vocational talents in computation, handicrafts and other skills that will be complementary to their studies and will assist in achieving independence. The interplay of education, vocational skills, cultural values, and emphasized independence provided in a safe environment fostered by the Sacred Valley Project is invaluable in the lives of our students.

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