Dear supporters of "Daycare for Kids of Working Mothers in Rural Peru,"
Thanks to your generous support, the Yachay Wasi school and daycare center in Ollantaytambo recently opened its doors. Guillermina Sanchez, founder and director of the school shared some of her notes about the first weeks of school. She writes,
"Yachay Wasi colegio – cuna jardín opened its doors on March 14th with 14 children of 4 and 5 years old.
We organized a meeting with the parents. They were really open and excited about the project. They all showed interest to cooperate and get involved in the learning and development of their children.
We are developing good ways of communicating to create relationships based on trust and honesty to be able to best answer the children´s needs.
At the moment, the development of the program is in progress. The teachers are trying to integrate different elements of a few interesting methodologies, such as the High Scope Curriculum, the Tierra de Niños project, the Mathematics Enhancement Programme and English learning as a second language.
During these two weeks children have started to get used to the routine, the group, teachers and new environment. They show enthusiasm and have settled in really well.
They are curious about the activities proposed and they enjoy the freedom we offer them to choose and plan their daily work.
And most importantly, children are very happy to come to school every morning!"
This project is off to a great start, and your support has made a huge difference. While most resources up to this point have been directed to getting the school up and running, we still need to raise funds to make the school attainable for children of all income levels. Please help us by telling your friends and family about the project.
Again, thank you for your generous support and we look forward to updating you on our progress throughout the year.
Over the course of holiday fundraising with GlobalGiving, the Awamaki Lab team was busy preparing the launch of its inaugural collection in New York City. In our quest to build a robust, closed-loop fashion supply chain in Ollantaytambo, Peru, we’ve recognized the importance of engaging the fashion world to carve out an industry presence for both our product and program. Awamaki Lab endeavors to harness the talents and capabilities of women in Ollantaytambo to open up and diversify the local labor market and augment Patacancha textile sales. To this end, we introduced the first season of Awamaki Lab by designer Nieli Vallin to an audience of key industry stakeholders, press and buyers at Guilded Studios on the Bowery in Manhattan.
Awamaki Lab design mentor Tara St James donated her studio as the venue, and all other presentation materials – including refreshments, display mannequins and DJ set – were provided through sponsorship and the collective goodwill of friends. A night of textiles, fair-trade fashion and good conversation culminated in the successful launch of Awamaki Lab, with five articles published on high-traffic “eco” and conventional fashion online publications. We were able to generate interest in the Lab amongst fashion insiders and consumers, ensuring the early sales necessary for the long-term growth and sustainability of the project.
Additionally, because of your generous donations, we have begun to invest in the requisite sewing co-operative equipment to prepare for garment production. This includes industrial sewing machines, studio space, training supplies and the cost of hiring an Ollanta seamstress named Paula to run an introductory design curriculum to help standardize the sewing skills of participants of the co-op. The training will start in earnest in early May, and we will be sure to keep you updated. Please check out the launch party photos as well as a selection of articles published about Awamaki Lab. Thank you for your continued support. Your contribution has been vital to the success of Awamaki Lab!
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During the final two months of 2010 Awamaki began working with a psychologist who attended patients in the health education center of Ollantaytambo's clinic. Although the social stigma of visiting a psychologist often prohibits people in Ollantaytambo from visiting a psychologist, Dr. Liliana Peña was able to begin working with over 40 patients.
Nearly all of the patients who visited with Dr. Peña were women, and over a third were dealing with domestic violence issues. As she points out, "many women assume that the violence that they suffer at the hand of their partner is a normal part of daily life...they have to suffer this abuse silently because they are afraid and feel hopeless." Having a psychologist in the health center "lets people know that they have a place to learn more about their rights, that they have someone who will listen to them and help them face their problems." She also notes that the majority of patients who came for one consult returned for a second visit.
While we were very pleased to be able to offer this essential social service at no cost to the population of Ollantaytambo for two months, we do not currently have the resources to continue funding Dr. Peña's work in the clinic. In order to be able to count on her presence consistently for the coming year we need to raise approximately $3000. Can you help spread the word about this project to help us achieve our goal?
Thank you for your continued support and of Awamaki and our work in the community of Ollantaytambo, and we look forward to updating you on our progress throughout the coming year.