Sep 30, 2020

Little by little campaign was a success.

celebrating spring
celebrating spring

Dear friend,

We want to thank all the people who helped us in this little by little campaign. We haven`t achieved the goal yet, but we keep on working on that. 

All the donationes received are being used to pay internet conncetion to our students, so that they can participate more often in videocalls with the teachers and the rest of their friends.

Students are doing a great job in this online program and are progressing a lot. They love seeing each others, talking and sharing stories. It is great to see how they are more motivated when they are participating in videocalls and interacting with peers. 

This past month our students have also received a "MAGIC BOX" that teachers made for them full of mathematics materials. They were very excited with this and expected every videocall in order to open the box an discover something new. They created 3D geometric bodies, they played with tangrams, they made some handcraft with yarn, and shared fun games with their families as well.

We are very grateful to be able to continue helping this children and families, to improve their education and bring them some joy and happiness in this difficult moment that we are all living.

We know that we can count on you in this task. Thank you...

 

The Yachay Kuska Family.

magic boxes
magic boxes
Aug 31, 2020

We continue giving our best...

Making a collage.
Making a collage.

Queridos amigos,

Este año es muy especial. Debido a la pandemia del COVID-19, nuestro país se encuentra en estado de emergencia desde marzo. Los niños no pueden ir a la escuela y hemos tenido que adaptarnos a esta situación y re-inventar nuestra forma de educación.

La escuela a distancia ha sido un reto para nosotros ya que la mayoría de nuestras familias no tienen acceso a internet y casi no tienen conexión de teléfono. A pesar de esto hemos ido encontrando formas de estar comunicados con los niños, de seguir su desarrollo de cerca, de seguir estableciendo y fortaleciendo los vínculos afectivos y manteniendo despierto su interés por aprender.

Cada mes entregamos la "caja mágica" , que es un kit de materiales que acompañan el proyecto que se está trabajando. Así nos aseguramos de que todos los niños tengan los materiales necesarios y que la enseñanza siga siendo dinámica, activa y participativa.

Nuestras niñas y niños están motivados y contentos. Siguen aprendiendo mucho, aunque extrañan su colegio y a sus compañeros.

Tendremos que esperar hasta el año que viene para volver a encontrarnos presencialmente. Mientras tanto, seguiremos haciendo lo mejor que podemos.

 

  

group 3 in a zoom meeting
group 3 in a zoom meeting
kinder children in a zoom meeting
kinder children in a zoom meeting
another zoom meeting
another zoom meeting
cooking is part of their learning
cooking is part of their learning
making puppets
making puppets
May 4, 2020

Facing a challenging scholar year...

Thanksgiving Ceremony
Thanksgiving Ceremony

This is not a normal beginning for our scholar year at Yachay Kuska school.

Teachers have been getting ready during February, they ´ve participated in teacher trainings, planned classes, decorated and organized all the different spaces of the school.

On March 10th the school was full of children, all with big smiles in their faces. It was a great day, full of laughter, joy, reunions, hugs and games. Children came with their families and we shared a wonderful  time toghether. 

As every year, we started with a traditional thanksgiving ceremony. We made an offering to the "Pachamama" (MotherEarth) to give thanks for a new year, for being toghether, for the opportunity to attend school... We also asked for our wishes for the year using a "kintu" (three coca leaves toghether, as the inca tradition) that we blew in the direction of the "Apus" (sacred mountains) around us and then offered to Pachamama to be burried.

The following three days passed with normality and joy, until we received the sad news that a virus was spreading all over the world. Peru entered a state of emergency and schools had to suspend classes indefinitelly.

As COVID-19 continues to spread, the future has never felt so unpredictable. 
These are challenging times for us all.
Right now, we’re doing everything possible to sustain daily operations and provide education services to our community.  We have started a distance program with a close support and accompaniment to all families (most of them don’t have a computer or internet connection at home so online programs are not a possibility yet) and many have expressed they feel happy and satisfied having different activities to do and contact with their tutor and peers during the quarantine.  While there’s a lot of uncertainty, we know that we need to adapt fast to our changing reality. Now, more than ever, our community needs us.
Over 90% of our community is a beneficiary of our Scholarship Fund.  Without tourism and work most of our families can´t even afford their tuition.   Despite we have reduced our expenses to the minimum posible we will need to cover the difference and consider giving full scholarships to the most needed.  It is in moments like this that we need each other´s support and don´t turn our backs on anyone who needs us.
We know it´s a taugh moment for all, but if you are in the position to support our cause, we would be very grateful.
Love, light, health and hope for everyone.
The Yachay Kuska family
Kintu (coca leaves)
Kintu (coca leaves)
working with families, creating a net
working with families, creating a net
Y. and his little sister S. writing their names
Y. and his little sister S. writing their names
R. representing his family
R. representing his family
F. learning at home guided by our teachers
F. learning at home guided by our teachers
working on our distance program
working on our distance program
 
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