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.
May 13, 2014

Peruvian Promise Scholars Aspire to Greatness & Begin to Study English

Five university scholars on their way to class.
Five university scholars on their way to class.

The young women in Peruvian Promise have grown and and become even more empowered over the past several months.  In February and March the scholars in Peruvian Promise participated in the second annual leadership institute in Urubamba at La Quinta Eco Hotel.  The event was hosted by the Visionaria Network and funded by Rotary International.  After completing the intensive 10-day leadership portion of institute, the girls collaborated ion six-week service projects in small groups within their own communities.  The different group projects included the distribution of clean water filters, the construction and installation of clean cook stoves, and the creation and presentation of a leadership class for local highschoolers.  Meaningful leadership experiences such as these are invaluable to the growth and development of the girls’ sense of empowerment.  It was wonderful to see how much the girls enjoyed working on their service projects together.

At the beginning of March, 17 of the young ladies in Peruvian Promise began studying English on a daily basis.  Each day a private teacher, Roxana, offers two 1-hour sessions at the Peruvian Promise apartment in Cusco.  The small-group classes, which are taught once in the morning and once in the evening, foster a comfortable learning environment that allows the girls to learn with excitement and speak with confidence.  The opportunity to learn English will give these young women a useful lifelong skill that will empower them and ultimately help open the doors to new carreer opportunities.

April marked the beginning of a new school year for many of our university scholars. We are excited that two of our university scholars, Flor Nelida and Flor Katherine, will graduate in December at the end of this school year.  Each girl in Peruvian Promise continues to study hard and remains focused on her dreams for the future.  It is inspiring to watch these young girls blossom and aspire to achieve their dreams. 

These girls have the opportunities to dream because of our generous supporters.  Thank you for your thoughtful support.  Without it, these young women would not be who or where they are today.  Because of you, and many others just like you, these women are breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty.  They are becoming the well-respected and empowered leaders of tomorrow and they will continue to transform their lives day by day to achieve their dreams -- and YOU have been a big part of it -- thank you.

Flor Nelida will graduate as a chef in December.
Flor Nelida will graduate as a chef in December.
Maribel presents to a class about leadership.
Maribel presents to a class about leadership.
Lucero and Alexandra study for an exam.
Lucero and Alexandra study for an exam.
Maria working on math homework.
Maria working on math homework.
Girls study English during class at the apartment.
Girls study English during class at the apartment.
Jeannette Gonzalez, leads a group discussion.
Jeannette Gonzalez, leads a group discussion.

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Feb 7, 2014

Peruvian Promise Expands & Hosts 1st Annual Women's Conference!

PP Scholars: Flor Nelida, Kati, Rosa and Ana
PP Scholars: Flor Nelida, Kati, Rosa and Ana

On January 11, 2014, the young women in Peruvian Promise hosted the first annual Peruvian Hearts Women’s Conference in Urubamba, Peru and it was a huge success! Over 120 people attended the conference and the attendees were a wide and varied array of individuals, including female students from local high schools, colleges, and universities, as well as mentors, teachers, and Rotarians. Five accomplished and well-respected speakers spoke to an intrigued group of participants about important topics such as: women’s rights, leadership, self-esteem, and sexual health. The young women in Peruvian Promise took complete ownership of this important event and helped to facilitate it in every aspect. The conference was extremely well received by the participants and each person took the time to thank the Peruvian Promise hosts as well as the Peruvian Hearts staff as they exited the seminar. Many of the attendees asked when the next conference would be.

The success of this conference speaks great volumes about the young women in Peruvian Promise. Not more than just a couple of years ago, these young ladies would not have had the confidence, knowledge, or fortitude to host a meaningful type of event such as this. Fortunately, after working with these young scholars for the last two and a half years, not only were they able to successfully create, plan, and execute this inspirational event, but they did so with extreme ease, confidence, and dignity.   Each one of these young women played a vital role in the creation and execution of the conference, and as a result, they all felt empowered because of that. It was wonderful to witness this firsthand.

In other exciting news, Peruvian Promise gladly accepted 4 more brilliant young women into the program. Rosa, Epifañia, Kati and Hortensia officially joined the Peruvian Promise on January 15, 2014. Rosa, 19, is studying chemical engineering at the highly competitive National University in Cusco, and Hortensia, 20, was recently accepted into the same National University to study mathematics. Epifañia, 26, is studying accounting at Universidad Austral Peruana, and Kati, 17, is studying Culinary Arts at Instituto Tuinen Star. All four of these young women are exceptionally motivated with their studies, and come from extremely impoverished families. We are so fortunate to have four more extraordinarily inspirational young women join Peruvian Promise. We know that they will be excellent role models for the other girls in the program and will be wonderful mentors to the younger girls in the program.

Thank you, for your ongoing support. Without it, these young women would not be who or where they are today. Because of you, and many others just like you, these women are breaking the cycle of poverty, not only for their families, but also for their future families for generations to come. These young women are becoming the well-respected and empowered leaders of tomorrow in Peru. They are changing not only the future of their families, but their communities, their country, and ultimately the rest of the world, as well.

PH Founder, Ana Dodson, opened the conference
PH Founder, Ana Dodson, opened the conference
9 year-old, Maricielo, showed the power of women!
9 year-old, Maricielo, showed the power of women!
Peruvian Promise scholars listen to a speaker
Peruvian Promise scholars listen to a speaker
Participants begin registration for the conference
Participants begin registration for the conference
A speaker discusses the importance of self-esteem
A speaker discusses the importance of self-esteem
Newest PP Scholars, Hortensia and Epifania
Newest PP Scholars, Hortensia and Epifania
Participants during a conference activity
Participants during a conference activity

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Nov 6, 2013

5 Peruvian Promise Girls Accepted into University!

Elizabeth (left) with program director, Jeannette
Elizabeth (left) with program director, Jeannette

      For many of the Peruvian Promise scholars, the 2013 school year is starting to wind down, as the second semester will officially end in late December.  Several of our young scholars are about to finish their second year at university and others are about to complete their first year.  These driven young women continue to mature and flourish as individuals, and they have also grown closer as a group and formed an incredible support network for each other.  There is, however, a group of young women in Peruvian Promise for whom the school year is just getting underway! 

      In recent months, five more Peruvian Promise scholars took their post-secondary school entrance exams and were accepted into various colleges and universities around Cusco!  The exciting acceptance of these five inspirational young women into college increases the total number of Peruvian Promise girls studying at the university level to twelve!  All five of these young women spent countless hours over the course of several months studying for their college entrance exams, and their hard work finally paid off.  

      Alexandra and Lucero were accepted to Khipu to study accounting, where several other Peruvian Promise girls are already enrolled in other careers.  Vanessa was accepted to Universidad Alas Peruanas to study tourism, and joins Yola and Ana Yanet, who are about to finish their second year studying tourism at Alas Peruanas.  Yenivel was accepted into Universidad Andina to study administration and tourism, which is similar to hotel management.  Elizabeth was accepted into a very competitive technical nursing program, where she will study to become a nurse technician.  All five of these young women have started their classes and are incredibly enthusiastic and more motivated than ever to accomplish their goals of finishing university and becoming professionals. 

      Each girl in Peruvian Promise is the first member of her family to attend any sort of post-secondary school, and understands the importance of her education.  All of these young women are determined to use their education to break the cycle of poverty and ensure a brighter future for themselves and their families.  At the end of this year, several more girls in Peruvian Promise will graduate from secondary school and begin to prepare for their college entrance exams in 2014.  We are excited for these upcoming secondary-school graduates to follow in the footsteps of the girls that have gone before them, and pursue their dreams as they continue their education.

Yenivel was accepted to study hotel management!
Yenivel was accepted to study hotel management!
Lucero and Alex were accepted to study accounting!
Lucero and Alex were accepted to study accounting!
Lucero, Ana, and Elizabeth share dinner together.
Lucero, Ana, and Elizabeth share dinner together.
Yola and Elizabeth working hard on their homework.
Yola and Elizabeth working hard on their homework.
Vanessa was accepted into college to study tourism
Vanessa was accepted into college to study tourism

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