Educate a child, Empower a mother in rural Peru

 
$6,790
$13,210
Raised
Remaining
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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Aug 27, 2012

Our work in the past three months

the littlest ones painting
the littlest ones painting

Hello, I am writing to thank you for supporting the Yachay Wasi Project, and to tell you about the good work you have funded in the past three months.

In the past three months we´ve done lots of things. We could finally finish our stairs and balcony for the second floor, and we made a slide and a little house for the children. They are happy playing there every morning. We also improved our green area, we are growing vegetables and planting some medicinal plants in our Tierra de Niños, so that the children can learn to take care of the earth and families learn to eat healthy.

Our local teachers received professional training from an expert in early education and psycomotor activity, and received some good material to keep on learning. We´ll have another training soon.

Our psychologist Ana organized two "Escuela de Padres" where we talked about "First Aids for Children" and "How to put limits to our children", as part of a work of autoesteem for the parents. They showed very interested on this topics, and we'll continue working with parents across the year.

45 children attend the day care center every day. They have learned a lot of things since they arrived. Through play, they learn mathematical and language concepts and other languages such as English and Quechua. The littlest ones love to explore and play with water, sand and different materials. Children also attend to various workshops such as computing, art, body-expression, gardening, music, which helps them develop their creativity. They´ve created wonderful things.

Benjamín and Jose, for instance, love to play with water and construction blocks, they build big towels every day! They are 2 years old, twins, the smallest of the 6 brothers and sisters from a very poor family. Their mother works at the local market selling food and don´t have much help from her husband. The first weeks Benjamín did not want to enter to the kindergarden, he was crying everytime his mom was going away. Now he comes happily and enters running to his classroom. Both of them are learning a lot and their mother can work better knowing the twins are well cared and in a safe place.

The most important is that all the children have learned to share, to play toghether, to help others, to listen and respect others and nature. They are connecting with nature, taking care of it and loving it. Now we have the feeling of a big family.

Thanks for your support! We still need your help to keep on growing and improving this happy place.

counting and adding with recycled material
counting and adding with recycled material
our new stairs, slide and little house all in one
our new stairs, slide and little house all in one
little artist
little artist
planting vegetables
planting vegetables
making costumes
making costumes
Benjamin
Benjamin
playing with water and sand
playing with water and sand
Apr 11, 2012

New scholar year 2012!!!

Happy New Year 2012!!!

We started our new scholar year full of energy and with a lot of new ideas to improve our day care center and kindergarten.

As the only institutional education in Ollantaytambo for children aged between 0 – 3 years old, this year we had more families subscribing their daughters and sons, and for that reason we want to try the best to give a quality education to our children.

Thanks to Awamaki Organization, we had a donation of a laptop, so we can improve our administration skills, and that allows us to show interesting movies and documentaries to our kids.

They come now with a music teacher every Wednesdays for the kids between 3 – 5 years old, and with a volunteer to help us every afternoons, so the kids can stay with us from 8:30 am to 5 pm, so their mothers can go to work.

Every Fridays they come with volunteers and 5 laptops, to initiate the children with computer classes.

We have a project that we started last year, called “ Tierra de Niños”. It consists on a space at the school, where the kids can start an organic farm by their own, where every kid as their own piece of “land” to grow whatever they want, and in a larger impact, they can eat what they plant. Next to it they also build a space where they can put all the bugs they find. This project was designed  by Peruvians through an association called “ El mundo de Ania”, in order to get the kids sensitive for an environmental education.

A volunteer from SVE ( Volunteering European Service ) with an environmental and educational skills, its helping us out to plan this project on a better and efficient way.

For the first time, we have an psychologist , volunteer as well, that is going to stay with us the rest of the year, receiving the families , in order to prevent and sensibilize them for the alcoholic, child gender abuse, child labor, and women discrimination problems so common in this town.

In order to bring back the old Inca heritage and its own traditions, we give now quechua lessons ( the incas language ), with one of the local teachers.

Most of the kids we have come from really low resources and as each family pays monthly what they can, we are looking for sponsors for most of our kids.We will keep you updated for you to meet our kids soon!!

March was a good month, but even like that we still have a lot of work to do from now on, and to figure it out, on how to maintain financially, and self – sustainable as well, our space.

Thanks to all the ones, that came all this way long with us. Friends, families, friends from friends, and social medica contact networks, thanks once more to all of you, who believes in the Yachay Wasi project, in Ollantaytambo at the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

We are open to your suggestions and opinions!!! 

Feel free to visit our website, that we are looking for to improve it.

You can visit us on Facebook, and Twitter as well.

Gracias!!!

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Project Leader

Guillermina Sanchez

Ollantaytambo, Cusco Peru

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