Peruvian Hearts

Peruvian Heart believes in the value and dignity of each child and strives to enrich the lives of orphans and other children living in poverty in Peru through improved nutrition, education, and health care. Peruvian Hearts also works to connect with youth around the United States and promote the message and values of philanthropy and service to others. We want to inspre kids and help them realize that regardless of their age, they have the power and ability to make a significant difference and help change the world.
Aug 11, 2015

Peruvian Hearts University Scholars Prepare to Graduate; Receive National Recognition

12-Year-Old Peruvian Hearts Scholar, Maricielo.
12-Year-Old Peruvian Hearts Scholar, Maricielo.

We are so thankful to our many donors and supporters for their continued generosity. Without our loyal Peruvian Hearts family, the inspirational young scholars we support would not be able to take advantage of the life changing opportunities made available by the generosity of our donors such as a university education and the skills and knowledge to break the cycle of poverty. We continue to watch these young women grow and mature as they continue to become leaders and agents of change.

In our ongoing effort to educate and empower more deserving young women, we are excited to welcome our newest Peruvian Hearts scholar, Yoselin. At 19 years old, Yoselin is in her third semester of college studying Communication Sciences at San Antonio Abad University of Cusco, the most highly regarded university in Cusco. In addition to finishing her degree in Communication Sciences, Yoselin wants to specialize in business marketing and publicity. She has also expressed her aspirations to continue her education by studying law after she finishes her bachelor’s degree in order to help the many needy people who face injustice in Peru. We are thrilled to have another inspirational young woman such as Yoselin join Peruvian Hearts and are enthusiastic to watch her continue to accomplish her goals and dreams.

At just 12 years old and in her second year of secondary school, Maricielo is one of our youngest Peruvian Hearts scholars. She might look like a normal 12-year-old, however she is extraordinarily unique. This innocent looking girl happens to be a national karate champion for her age group. Maricielo is currently a blue belt in karate and will receive her brown belt next month. She has travelled all over Peru to compete in numerous national and international competitions. Her next competition is scheduled for September in Cusco in which she is the returning favorite to win. We are incredibly proud of Maricielo and her unwavering determination and work ethic. Given all of her achievements and successes at such a young age, it is obvious that this young woman will accomplish all of her goals and anything she puts her mind to.

Peruvian Hearts currently supports 31 scholars. Twenty three are enrolled at various universities and colleges (8 of the 23 are enrolled in the extremely competitive National University), two are preparing to take the entrance exam for the National University next week, and six are in secondary school determining what they want to study in university once they graduate. It is a very exciting time for Peruvian Hearts, as our first class of university scholars will finish their classes this year and begin their required internships in order to graduate. We continue to be inspired by their constant motivation and drive and want to wish them a successful final semester.

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Peruvian Hearts' Newest Scholar, Yoselin.
12-Year-Old National Karate Champion, Maricielo.
12-Year-Old National Karate Champion, Maricielo.
PH Scholars: Maribel, Epifania, and Jessica.
PH Scholars: Maribel, Epifania, and Jessica.

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May 12, 2015

PH Scholar Receives National Award; Girls Studying: Architecture, Mining Engineering, Law, Economics

Peruvian Hearts Scholar, Gloria, 16
Peruvian Hearts Scholar, Gloria, 16

Peruvian Hearts continues to be inspired by the girls we work with and the ongoing generosity of our supporters and thoughtful donors. It is because of your loyal support that the girls in Peru are breaking the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. Your investment in these girls that is changing the world. Thank you again for your desire to be part of this meaningful and lasting change. The 30 girls we support are studying degrees such as architecture, law, economics, accounting, chemical engineering, mining engineering, civil engineering, education, art, culinary arts, communications & systems, business administration, tourism, and archeology. The following updates are about two young women, Gloria and Jessica, who over just the last few months have shown their great motivation to transform their lives, have established real dreams for a brighter future, and are quickly aquiring the skills and power to significantly change the world.

At just 16 years old, and having graduated from secondary school last December, Gloria, one of Peruvian Hearts youngest scholars, is making history while transforming her life and completely changing the future of her family. One of Peruvian Hearts’ most distinguished scholars, she was recently accepted to attend Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in Lima, to study Mining Engineering on a complete financial scholarship. Gloria was the only female recipient and one of two students (out of hundreds of applicants in Cusco) to receive the extremely competitive award, Beca 18, the most prestigious scholarship offered by the Peruvian government. Gloria was honored nationally and recognized in front of a large crowd in Cusco for her outstanding academic achievement and for entering what has previously been a thought of as a predominantly male industry, mining engineering. She is very excited to begin her five-year university career in August. We are thrilled for Gloria and proud of the amazing opportunity that she has earned. She has always been inspired, motivated, and driven to succeed with a constant vision of her larger dreams.

At 20 years old, Jessica joined Peruvian Hearts in February and has quickly proven herself to be a true leader and an extremely hardworking and motivated young woman. She began her university studies in economics in April at the National University in Cusco. During a welcome ceremony for the incoming class of students at the National University, a faculty member offered anyone in the entire student body an opportunity to speak in front of the audience. After no other students volunteered, Jessica stood up and took the opportunity to say a few words. She enthusiastically thanked the faculty and staff, on behalf of her entire class, for welcoming the new students, and spoke of her excitement about getting to know her classmates, and the benefits of learning from each other over the course of their studies. After she finished her remarks, the students began chanting, “Presidente! Presidente! Presidente!” Jessica has said she is not sure if she is ready to run for class president yet because she is still very focused on her schoolwork, but that she will think about it in the future. A quick learner, Jessica is growing accustomed to her demanding university schedule while also adjusting to her new life in the Peruvian Hearts apartment in Cusco with several of the other scholars, including her sister, Alexandra, who is studying accounting.  Both Jessica and Alexandra are exceptionally inspired to become leaders and agents of change, transforming the lives their entire family and their communities.

Gloria receives her award on stage in Cusco, Peru.
Gloria receives her award on stage in Cusco, Peru.
Jessica next to the UNSAAC economics building
Jessica next to the UNSAAC economics building
PH Girls doing their homework in the apartment
PH Girls doing their homework in the apartment
Architect, Communications Specialist, Lawyer
Architect, Communications Specialist, Lawyer

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Feb 10, 2015

Peruvian Promise Expands; Scholars Host Peruvian Hearts' 2nd Annual Women's Confonference

New PP Scholars: Gloria, Jessica, & Miriam
New PP Scholars: Gloria, Jessica, & Miriam

Thank you to each and every one of our amazing supporters for your ongoing committment and support.  Your investment in the young women in Peru continues to make a lasting difference and is helping to change the world.

For Peruvian Hearts, 2015 has gotten off to a sensational start.  We are delighted to announce our recent partnership with Colegio Educandas, a girls’ secondary school in Cusco.  After meeting various students from Colegio Educandas, who all deserve the opportunity to participate in Peruvian Promise, we are thrilled to welcome 6 young women from Educandas into the program: Miriam, Gloria, Helen, Sharron, Kristel and Thilcia.  While all of these girls have lived through hardship and struggle, they have shown that they possess the perseverance and drive to overcome obstacles placed in their path. These studious young women have shown the drive and motivation they have to accomplish their dreams and we are excited that they have joined the growing family of Peruvian Promise scholars.

In addition to the 6 young women from Colegio Educandas, we are overjoyed to welcome Jessica Peralta, the older sister of Peruvian Promise scholar, Alexandra, into Peruvian Promise.  Jessica was recently accepted into the extremely competitive National University (UNSAAC) to study economics and has demonstrated her passion to learn and hunger to succeed.  As is the case for the thousands that apply for entrance into the National University, gaining admittance was not easy for Jessica.  The first three times that she took the demanding entrance exam she was unable to attain one of the very few coveted vacancies.  While disappointed, she did not give up and her persistence and determination prevailed. On her fourth try, she was one of 24 students, out of more than 500 applicants, who gained acceptance into the National University (an acceptance rate of only 4.8%).

On January 17th, the scholars of Peruvian Promise hosted Peruvian Hearts’ 2nd Annual Women’s Conference at Colegio Educandas.  More than 150 girls, boys, women, and men attended the event and listened to speakers present on topics such as leadership, self-awareness and self-esteem, family violence, and sexual health.  This one-of-a-kind conference was exceptionally well received and as the attendees departed the event, many of them asked when the next convention would be held.  Peruvian Hearts brought in a team of specialists: Christina Berton, Santiago Trabolsi, and Marina Armendares,from Amara Foundation in Mexico to present the program for this year’s conference.  Amara Foundation works hand in hand with Dove’s global initiative for girls’ empowerment and self-esteem.  The knowledge and expertise that each of these remarkable experts brought, and their ability to connect with their audience through dynamic and engaging activities, made for an unforgettable and life-changing experience for many of the attendees.

On January 16th, the day before the Women’s Conference, the Peruvian Promise scholars had the opportunity to attend a private workshop held by the Amara Foundation team, who worked with the young women from 8:30am until 6:00pm.  For many of the Peruvian Promise girls, it was a day filled with personal growth and empowerment.  The team from Amara has put together a curriculum especially for Peruvian Promise and will continue to work with the Peruvian Promise scholars throughout the year via Skype.  We are excited to be working with such a wonderful team and are so grateful for their commitment to Peruvian Hearts and the young women we support.

New Peruvian Promise Scholars: Helen and Sharron
New Peruvian Promise Scholars: Helen and Sharron
New PP Scholar, Kristel, with her mother
New PP Scholar, Kristel, with her mother
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Peruvian Hearts' 2nd Annual Women's Conference
Attendees participae at the Women
Attendees participae at the Women's Conference
PP Scholars handle registration at the conference
PP Scholars handle registration at the conference
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Peruvian Hearts' 2nd Annual Women's Conference
PP Scholars during the workshop on January 16th
PP Scholars during the workshop on January 16th
Alexandra & Jessica with PP director Jeannette
Alexandra & Jessica with PP director Jeannette
PP Scholars: Thilcia, Miriam, Gloria and Karen
PP Scholars: Thilcia, Miriam, Gloria and Karen

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