Educate a child, Empower a mother in rural Peru

 
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Our family!
Our family!

Dear friends,

Since the beginnig of the year we haven´t stopped working. We´ve done lots of things in our preschool and it is looking great!!!

Thanks to your donations and the collaboration of some friends, families and the team efforts we can proudly say that our little ones are having a great school year at Yachay Wasi. They are more comfortable now and we were able to improve the educational work by reducing the gaps we had.

 

Now we have windows and doors in our classrooms.

There are two little toilets and sinks for our children, to promote autonomy.  

There is an office for administrative work and coordination, and a space where the older children can develop  math and language arts exclusively.

With parents and friends help we made a fence for our garden and children painted it with many colors. It looks amazing and protects our plants.

We enable a classroom for motor skills (psicomotricidad), where children develop social and kinesthetic skills. This practice is very important for their personality, self steem, and for future learning.

We built a sand box in the playground where they love to play.

There is a nice kitchen, where every monday children cook their own bread. And they also make the cake themselves when there is a birthday. Besides learning about healthy food, mathematical concepts are worked trough these activities.

 

We are very happy and grateful for everything we have achieved so far.

We hope to do more with your help.

As we always say, we are in this together and without your support none of this would´ve been possible.

Please consider donating to Yachay Wasi so we can continue to learn with our children, giving them the opportunity to grow free, strong and happy.

Thank you.

Be happy and grateful everyday for what you have and who you are... as we do.

Playing in the new sand box.
Playing in the new sand box.
Painting the fence for our garden
Painting the fence for our garden
Thanking the Pachamama and the Sun for the food
Thanking the Pachamama and the Sun for the food
New doors
New doors
Classrooms
Classrooms
gymnasium
gymnasium
Family meeting
Family meeting

The first week of the scholar year passed and we are very pleased to anounce that it was a success!!!

All the children and their families were happy.

32 children from 2 to 6 years old attended the kindergarten with joy. On the second day they said goodbye to their mothers and stayed till the end of the day without droping a tear. They really enjoy being here, playing, singing and learning.

We had a meeting with the families and they all expressed their gratitude to the Yachay Wasi team. They are very satisfied with our work and the quality of education their children are receiving. They are very interested on working with the psychologist and on learning about good ways to breed theirn kids.

But not all are so good news. Despite all this "happiness", there are lots of things to do.

We still need to finish and improve the building. We need doors, sand for the sand box, to plaster the toilet walls, to make the roof for the toilets, to paint, to finish the floor of the sink area, and some other things...

We need your help for this to be done.

Our children will be more comfortable, secure and in better conditions to learn, play and be more independent and autonomous. 

We count on you for this!!! 

Thank you very much for considering helping us through a donation.

With love,

the Yachay Wasi family.

circle time with Inti classroom
circle time with Inti classroom
playing at kitchen corner
playing at kitchen corner
inti classroom
inti classroom
kuyichi classroom
kuyichi classroom
Matias exploring
Matias exploring
classrooms
classrooms
other classroom and kitchen without doors
other classroom and kitchen without doors
toilets
toilets
toilet inside
toilet inside

Dear friends,

Thanks giving day is here and we feel that is the perfect moment to say THANK YOU!

We are really really grateful for all the help you have given to us, for your continuous support, for the smiles on our little children´s faces, for the love and confidence of their families, for the strength and kindness of the teachers, for not giving up despite all the problems we´ve been through this year, for the joy we feel when mothers, as Carlota, who comes from a very tough situation, and walks  30 minutes every day to bring her daughter Gabi to Yachay Wasi, tells us with tears in her eyes: "Muchas gracias mami por todo lo que hacen por nosotros. Estoy muy feliz por Gabi y quiero que ella continúe el año que viene en este jardín" ("Thank you very much for everything you are doing for us. I am very happy for Gabi and I want her to continue in this kindergarden the following year"), and gives us some freshly harvested corn from her field.

This makes that everything we're doing, that all our efforts, worthwhile.

THANKS TO YOU, for helping us build our dreams, for helping us to offer a respectful, loving and quality education to our children, and support to their families, for letting us show them that everything is possible with love and determination, for helping us to pass through this really hard year we had to face, and for giving us hope to continue.

THANKS TO OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, for joining the hardest moments, for all the patience, effort and work they have done to help us with the new building. To the children for their tolerance, for being happy working below a tent for several months, for smiling despite not having things to play with, for their love and gratitude.

THANKS TO US, THE YACHAY WASI TEAM, for our strenght, for our disposal, for making things look "easier", for the love, energy and hard work we put in every little thing, for the patience and for making a great job during the year.

Thanks, thanks and thanks..... we are in this together.

 

 
Carlota and her baby
Carlota and her baby

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Thanks to your support, things are getting better day by day.

We are very happy to inform you that the 3 classrooms and new kitchen are almost ready!

Thanks to the effort of a lot of people our 45 children are now receiving education under a roof and between four walls.


They are as happy as we are. They enjoy every minute in their new classrooms. All the classrooms are divided in corners where children can develop different abilities. There is also a big carpet where we sit in a circle to take part in the daily assembly and to finish the day listening to a story.

We still need your help to get 5 windows and 4 doors, and to finish the two bathrooms for the children.

Please Spread the word!!!!

Thank you very much!!

 

The Yachay Wasi Team and children

listening to the great Carola telling a story
listening to the great Carola telling a story
the Rainbow classroom
the Rainbow classroom
the new classrooms
the new classrooms
the playground
the playground
Jade, Ruth y Jung at the Juegos tranquilos Corner
Jade, Ruth y Jung at the Juegos tranquilos Corner

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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

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Guillermina Sanchez

Ollantaytambo, Cusco Peru

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