Apr 29, 2021

We start a new school year at Kuska School

Little by Little we will achieve our goals
Little by Little we will achieve our goals

Welcome to a new school year at Kuska!

Despite the uncertainty, that the pandemic does not have when to end and we are facing a third wave of COVID infections in our community, both the team of teachers and promoters and directors, we are convinced that Kuska cannot stop. We know that a difficult new year is coming, in which the economic situation of our families and allies will be affected by the global situation. However, we trust in the power of small actions and that if we all put a grain of sand, together, we can achieve our objectives and thus give continuity to this project, which in moments of chaos it represents a small oasis of affection, containment, fun and learning for our boys, girls and families.

Little by Little campaign

The year started with a lot of energy and the first GlobalGiving Littl by Little campaign gave us the first push. For one week, all donations up to $50 were multiplied by an additional 50%. It was a successful campaign in which we raised what was necessary to start the year.

Meeting with the families

During the week prior to the start of classes, the KUSKA families came to school with great enthusiasm and willingness to participate in the first job, in which we shared laughter, conversations and work! Despite not having face-to-face classes yet, the school is like a house for us, a space that we share and that we take care of.

The MAGIC box

Immediately after, the preparation of the "magic boxes" began. These include all the materials that the boys and girls will need for the development of the monthly project. This special box is highly anticipated each month by students, as it includes printed guides, art supplies, special messages from their teachers, activity cards, books from our library, and more personalized surprises.

Earth Day

On Earth Day we took the opportunity to listen to our boys and girls about actions that they carry out at home to help our planet. Let´s put our words into actions!

Amazing intercultural experience

In April, thanks to the collaboration of the Markham school in Lima and the NGO Enlaza Caminos, boys and girls from Ollantaytambo and fifth grade students from Markham meet every week and exchange cultures, create unforgettable bonds and have fun learning English. This is being a new experience for our students and with each meeting this new friendship is strengthened. Knowing other cultures in childhood we develop empathy and tolerance!

This just began so stay in touch for more news!

Families at Kuska at the work day
Families at Kuska at the work day
First meeting with families
First meeting with families
Kuska families at the work day
Kuska families at the work day
Kuska families at the work day
Kuska families at the work day
Kuska families at the work day
Kuska families at the work day
Magic box
Magic box
Teachers preparing the magic boxes
Teachers preparing the magic boxes
Kuska families at the work day
Kuska families at the work day
Magic box
Magic box
Intercultural experience
Intercultural experience
Intercultural experience
Intercultural experience
Kuska
Kuska
Ninos y ninas en accion
Ninos y ninas en accion

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Feb 3, 2021

Another challenging year

zoom meetings
zoom meetings

2020 has been a very challenging year. We had to create new ways to reach our children and continue to offer them a good quality education.

 

We created "magic boxes" for each project that contained different materials and supplies and handed them out to the students. This was a great motivation for them to participate in all the activities and video calls organized by the teachers.

 

Despite all the difficulties, we managed to reach each student considering their possibilities, access to internet connection or telephone line. We pay for the internet connection for them and print the activities every week.

 

At the end of the year, we realized that all the students achieved the planned goals for the year.

 

We did a great job. Thanks for being a part of this.

 

This year will also be challenging and we know that we will need help, but we are confident that it will be a successful school year for all of us at Kuska!

celebrating spring
celebrating spring
Magic Boxes to deliver
Magic Boxes to deliver
Playing and learning at home.
Playing and learning at home.
Dec 29, 2020

2020, a year of renovation...

NEW SCHOOL IMAGE
NEW SCHOOL IMAGE

 

Since March of this year, our projects: "Yachay Wasi" dedicated to kindergarden and "Kuska" dedicated to elementary education have been integrated in a single project: "KUSKA SCHOOL", a well rounded alternative school that serves boys and girls from 3 to 12 years old, in the community of Ollantaytambo. We are sure that this union will bring great benefit to all.

KUSKA means TOGETHER in our native language Quechua.

This challenging year has allowed us to reconnect with our purpose and reason for being, rethink new projects and reaffirm our commitment to children. In these times of transformation we take the opportunity to also renew our image, which comes loaded with freshness and color! Welcome to KUSKA!

Yachay Wasi" and "Kuska" came together so that TOGETHER we can develop and offer our boys and girls the opportunity to access a more complete education, where they are protagonists and can express themselves freely and confidently, develop their creativity without limits, question and express opinions without fear, where they develop their critical thinking and their right to choose, where they strengthen their self-esteem and strengthen their self-confidence, where they develop a special bond with nature and respect for all living beings.

As we know that these first years of life are the foundation for the future, we put special attention to emotional and social development, along with the intellectual aspect.

The program offered is reflected in activities that attend the three centers of the child: Feeling, doing and thinking. We make sure that there is harmony between them, that what they learn has a practical meaning for the children's lives and that they can relate it to their reality and context. That play and discovery be the engine of their learning. We are on the good path. Hand in hand, together.

Thanks to the support of all the teachers, promoters, volunteers, GG donors and friends this year of 2020 we have been able to sustain the operation of the school and also provide financial support of scholarships to more than 90% of our families as well as support in connectivity for video calls, online research and more. Our commitment remains stronger than ever: to provide access to a loving, personalized and quality education to the children of our community.

We ended the year with a nice reflection on how we have faced each of our limitations when something did not turn out as we expected, the moments of joy and frustration, how we have felt an injection of energy in each of our encounters with the children, the happiness that we felt with the loving and curious messages of our students and that reminded us why we are here.

All the families, children and teachers agree that the result of the year is very positive and we have had, despite everything, a good educational experience. On our report´s day, children and teachers had the opportunity to connect and share a moment of laughter and joy, IN PERSON.

We are SO greatful for all your support!

We hope you have a wonderful end of the year and holiday season and wish we can meet you again next year! May it be a moment of peace, gratitude and family union!


THE KUSKA SCHOOL FAMILY

 
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