Educate a child, Empower a mother in rural Peru

 
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Jul 17, 2014

Starting again...

Mayu Rumi and Flor de Liz playing in the new space
Mayu Rumi and Flor de Liz playing in the new space

After three years of running successfuly... This year unfortunately we weren´t able to start normally.

Since March we are suffering the usurpation of the facilities and properties of the 'YachayWasi' Early Education Centre and PRONOEI  "alameda"(wich we supported), affecting the education of our children, their families, to our workers and volunteers, and the population of Ollantaytambo in general.
After 3 years and a half  of rental and still 17 months for the completion of the contract (up toAugust2015),the owners of the property where the centre used to function, have erected a wall in front of the only entrance gate barring access to the building during a night, by surprise and violently to get a forced eviction.
Owners are charged for lack of the basic constitutional law by denying education to children and aggravated usurpation. Justice here is very slow and is not always "very fair", so we could not retrieve the building yet.
 
Despite this, we have not ceased to assit each day 40 boys and girls. We´ve started  in a small space that a parent has lended us for the first month.
After this we had to rent a new place.  And after looking around all the town and not finding anythign suitable, we had to rent a field that only had one room and a bathroom. 
We improvised a classroom in a big tent and a provisional open room. The conditions are not the best and it is not possible to provide the same quality education we are used to, but we are doing our best for our children. .
 
Fortunately we have the support of all the families  which we work with, a lot of people from the community and from other NGOs and associations.

The Sacred Valley NGOs network organized a benefit party for us and all the  Yachay Wasi families made a "pollada" (lunch) fundraising.

Thanks to this supports and some private donations, as yours, we could start building the 3 classrooms. But we still need to finish them. The structure is ready (walls and roof) but we don´t have floor, windows or doors. We also want to make some playground structures (slide, swings, sand box, etc) as our little ones are claiming for that.
Therefore, more than ever, we need your help.
Please consider donating  to finish this classrooms, so we can continue working in good conditions with our children and their families.
Thank you very much!!
The new space for Yachay Wasi, as we found it
The new space for Yachay Wasi, as we found it
The new classrooms at the back
The new classrooms at the back
Aug 15, 2014

We keep on learning...

Our local teacher, Maribel with the littlest ones
Our local teacher, Maribel with the littlest ones

Since january our local teacher Maribel, has been attending a teacher training. There she learned much about Waldorf pedagogy, its principles, how to work with children, to respect the rhythms and processes of each child, the importance of accompanying children of early age, and many other things that has been pursuing in the daily work with her Group of children at the Yachay Wasi Early Education Center.

"Maribel says:" I am happy to learn new things. Now I feel more confidence in the classroom, working with my students. I understand better their needs and interests and have a broader vision of education and childhood. I'm very grateful with Yachay Wasi for giving me the opportunity to participate in this teacher training and continue to learn and have a future."

Maribel is not a certified teacher. She needs to continue participating in this training, which has a duration of 3 years to have a certificate as a Waldorf Teacher and thus have more opportunities to work in the future.

We appreciate your support and count on you so Maribel can reach her goal.
Thank you very much!!
Jan 2, 2014

FOR A 2014 FULL OF JOY

in Yachay Wasi we explore to discover the world
in Yachay Wasi we explore to discover the world

Dear friend,

Another year came to an end, and we didn't want to let it go without thanking you for your support, your efforts, your nice words, good energy, collaboration, for having us on mind, for that and for much more...Thank you! You make possible that this project continues to grow.

 2013 In Yachay Wasi was filled with games, songs, laughter, walks, visits, learning, nature, friendship, love, containment, theatre, painting, dancing and joy.

We want to have all this and more in 2014.

We will open another space for 1 and 2 year olds due to high demand of the families of Ollantaytambo; We will continue organizing parents schools; offering psychological support to families, especially to mothers, victims of domestic violence; and we want to start offering children's therapies for so many children who need it.

To achieve this we still need your support.

It may be in several ways:  donating grants through global giving; as a volunteer; hosting a fundraising campaign; as a “messenger” bringing donations if you travel to Peru; or simply support us with your love, good energy and cute comments, that give us strength to go forward!

We wish you a 2014 full of light, peace, love and joy! Lead out your inner child from time to time, to see life from the eyes of a child and you will discover how wonderful it is!

we take care of nature
we take care of nature
we celebrate the Pachamama (Mother Earth)
we celebrate the Pachamama (Mother Earth)
we make our own bread
we make our own bread
we play
we play
and we have fun
and we have fun

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Jul 31, 2013

July 2013

Ana Cecilia in the "Water Day Parade"
Ana Cecilia in the "Water Day Parade"

The first half of the school year is over and many things have happened in our Early Education Centre. Thanks to your help, much is being accomplished. The project is progressing, having a profound impact not only on its 45 little students, but also on their families.

Our 3 groups of children have significantly progressed in their emotional, cognitive and social development. Many children have benefited greatly by attending the Centre, like Ana Cecilia.
Ana Cecilia is a Quechua speaker 4 years old girl. Her mother, a young girl, abandoned her when she was a baby and her grandparents take care of her since then. Her grandmother is a street vendor and his grandfather has problems with alcohol. They speak little Spanish, have never gone to school, and had no money to send Ana Cecilia to kindergarden before, to buy the school supplies, uniform, and all the things that are asked in the public kindergarden. For that reason, until this year Ana Cecilia spent all day with her grandmother, helping her to sell her products to tourists in the town square, from 6am to 5pm.

Since March Ana attends Yachay Wasi each morning and has had a lot of progress. She can speak Spanish and communicate better with others, she has learned to count up to 10, to recognize colors in Spanish and English, to sing songs, to express herself through art and interact with peers. She is a very loving and cheerful girl and is very happy to come to Yachay Wasi.
In her own words: "I like coming to the kindergarden because I have much fun and learn many new things. I love playing on the swings and singing songs."
Her grandparents are very happy with the Centre as well, and participate in all the tasks and parents activities.
Like Ana Cecilia, many children are well cared, fed and are learning through play, while their mothers can work without being concerned about their children, knowing they are at Yachay Wasi.
Thanks again for making this possible,
Guillermina Sánchez
Project Director and Yachay Wasi´s Headmaster
Ana Cecilia
Ana Cecilia's grandfather helping in our garden
Ana Cecilia in the "Water Day Parade"
Ana Cecilia in the "Water Day Parade"
Ana Cecilia
Ana Cecilia's grandfather helping in our garden
Jan 3, 2013

HAPPY 2013!!!!

children participated in a dance demonstration
children participated in a dance demonstration

We wish you A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013.

I am very pleased to report that, thanks to your generosity, we had a successful year. A year full of laughs, play, learning, joy, gratitude and love. A year in which we consolidated as an Early Education Center, we got close to families and the community in general. A year in which our children participated in many and varied activities of emotional, intellectual, and physical development in an environment of constant learning and fun.

Many mothers began to work, collaborating with the family economy, and many parents were also encouraged to consult our psychologist and began a treatment with her. They ensure that the work of Yachay Wasi has been of great help in their homes.

We are very happy with the results obtained in 2012 and we wish that 2013 is even better.

By donating to this project you have helped many of Ollantaytambo children to receive good quality early-education and care, and welfare for their families.

On behalf of our staff and all the children and families benefiting from your support, thank you and have a GREAT  2013!!!

psicomotor lesson
psicomotor lesson
circus lessons
circus lessons
children harvesting beeds in our garden
children harvesting beeds in our garden
Yesenia, Percy and Wendy
Yesenia, Percy and Wendy
ceramic lessons
ceramic lessons
visit to a farm
visit to a farm

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Guillermina Sanchez

Ollantaytambo, Cusco Peru

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