Peruvian Hearts

Peruvian Heart believes in the value and dignity of each child and strives to enrich the lives of orphans and other children living in poverty in Peru through improved nutrition, education, and health care. Peruvian Hearts also works to connect with youth around the United States and promote the message and values of philanthropy and service to others. We want to inspre kids and help them realize that regardless of their age, they have the power and ability to make a significant difference and help change the world.
Feb 9, 2016

First Peruvian Hearts Scholars Preparing to Gradatue From University

Rosa (left) and Gloria in their apartment in Lima.
Rosa (left) and Gloria in their apartment in Lima.

Thanks to the ongoing support of our generous donors, the Peruvian Hearts scholars continue to mature into the next generation of female leaders. We are thrilled this year to watch our first six scholars graduate from university and become the first members of their families to receive a college degree. These Peruvian Hearts graduates will receive their diplomas in the fields of chemical engineering, accounting, and culinary arts. We are extremely proud of these girls and their successes and accomplishments thus far and we’re excited for them to begin the next chapter of lives as young professionals. It is because of the generosity of our supporters that we can continue to make a lasting change in the lives of girls and their families and communities in Peru. I would highly encourage any of our supporters to visit our projects firsthand and get to know the girls you support. Please contact me directly at 303-526-2756, if you're interested.

One of our upcoming Peruvian Hearts graduates this year is, Rosa, who has been studying chemical engineering for the last several years at the National University of San Antonia of Abad in Cusco. Rosa finished her university classes at the end of December and is now currently fulfilling her required internship hours in order to graduate and receive her diploma. Rosa applied to do her internship at the highly competitive National University of Engineering (UNI) in Lima and her application was accepted. She has since moved to Lima and is sharing an apartment with Gloria, another Peruvian Hearts scholar who is currently in her first year of university studying Mining Engineering at Universidad La Catolica on a complete government scholarship. Rosa is scheduled to finish her internship at the end of March and will then receive her diploma. She has already been informally offered a position at the university.

Three of the six upcoming Peruvian Hearts graduates, Epifania, Alexandra, and Lucero, will all graduate with degrees in accounting, while Flor Nelida and Kati will graduate with degrees in culinary arts. Obviously for these girls, finding jobs in their respective fields will be their next big challenge, but now that they are about to accomplish something that no other family members have done before, they are more inspired than ever to continue dreaming big on their path to a brighter future. As these girls take on new jobs and begin their careers, they will remain an integral part of Peruvian Hearts and will help mentor the younger girls we support.

In January, Visionaria Peru, a project sponsored by Rotary International, held its fourth annual weeklong leadership institute in Urubamba, near Cusco. Several of the newest Peruvian Hearts scholars were able to attend this year’s institute, which offered them important opportunities to learn about topics such as leadership, self-esteem, clean energy, and financial responsibility, among others. The girls attended group yoga classes and participated in daily workshops working individually and in groups, brainstorming important topics and presenting their ideas to the larger group. Peruvian Hearts scholar and former Visionaria Peru participant, Maribel, was asked to be a group mentor for this year’s group of participants who are designing a leadership class to teach at high schools around Cusco. After having participated in the institute for the last several years and having worked on designing a leadership class for younger kids, Maribel was honored to be a mentor for some of the participating girls at this year’s institute.

Rosa will finish her internship in Lima in March.
Rosa will finish her internship in Lima in March.
Lucero and Alexandra will graduate as accountants.
Lucero and Alexandra will graduate as accountants.
Epifania (left) will soon complete her thesis.
Epifania (left) will soon complete her thesis.
Nelly plans to open her own restaurant in Cusco.
Nelly plans to open her own restaurant in Cusco.

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Nov 12, 2015

Peruvian Hearts Scholars Prepare to Graduate; Celebrate Women's Entrepreneurship Day and #WomenWOW

Flor Nelida has finished her university classes
Flor Nelida has finished her university classes

Thanks to your generosity and the loyal support of our donors, the Peruvian Hearts scholars continue to prosper and develop into the next generation of leaders. It is truly inspiring to see them grow and it is because of your desire to help that these young women are transforming their futures and empowering their families. We are excited to watch these young women continue to succeed and fulfill their dreams as they mature into young leaders. 

In the coming year, six Peruvian Hearts scholars will finish their university classes, complete their required internship hours in order to graduate, and receive their college diplomas. These young women will be the first of their families to graduate from any sort of post-secondary schooling and their families could not be prouder. As college graduates, these young women will continue to be involved with Peruvian Hearts in various ways and will help mentor the younger girls who participating in our program. As several of the scholars prepare to graduate from university in the coming year, other younger Peruvian Hearts girls will finish their final year of high school. These girls are currently attending preparatory academies to help them prepare for the upcoming university entrance exam later this month.

Recently, seventeen Peruvian Hearts scholars successfully completed an 11-week leadership course in Cusco. Through active participation and dynamic and engaging exercises, the course covered various topics including leadership, self-esteem, public speaking, and spirituality, and many of the girls talked about what a significant impact the course had for them. Several girls mentioned that the course helped them to overcome their fear of public speaking and gave them more courage to openly express their feelings. Courses such as this are invaluable for our girls and continue to help them blossom into extraordinary young leaders.

In honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day on November 19th and Women Wednesday (#WomenWOW) on December 2nd, six Peruvian Hearts scholars will fly to Lima to attend Empresarias en Acción, a two-day women’s entrepreneur workshop in Lima hosted by WEConnect International, Emprende Mujer Peru, and sponsored by the United States Embassy in Peru and the University of San Isidro Lima’s Center for Entrepreneurship. The workshop will give our girls the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by some of the most well respected women entrepreneurs in Peru and they will meet many other like-minded women who also dream about owning their own businesses. They will then bring their newfound knowledge back to their fellow scholars in Cusco to share information and inspiration to others.

PH Scholars attend a leadership course in Cusco
PH Scholars attend a leadership course in Cusco
Paige, from Global Giving, visits with PH Scholars
Paige, from Global Giving, visits with PH Scholars

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Aug 11, 2015

Peruvian Hearts University Scholars Prepare to Graduate; Receive National Recognition

12-Year-Old Peruvian Hearts Scholar, Maricielo.
12-Year-Old Peruvian Hearts Scholar, Maricielo.

We are so thankful to our many donors and supporters for their continued generosity. Without our loyal Peruvian Hearts family, the inspirational young scholars we support would not be able to take advantage of the life changing opportunities made available by the generosity of our donors such as a university education and the skills and knowledge to break the cycle of poverty. We continue to watch these young women grow and mature as they continue to become leaders and agents of change.

In our ongoing effort to educate and empower more deserving young women, we are excited to welcome our newest Peruvian Hearts scholar, Yoselin. At 19 years old, Yoselin is in her third semester of college studying Communication Sciences at San Antonio Abad University of Cusco, the most highly regarded university in Cusco. In addition to finishing her degree in Communication Sciences, Yoselin wants to specialize in business marketing and publicity. She has also expressed her aspirations to continue her education by studying law after she finishes her bachelor’s degree in order to help the many needy people who face injustice in Peru. We are thrilled to have another inspirational young woman such as Yoselin join Peruvian Hearts and are enthusiastic to watch her continue to accomplish her goals and dreams.

At just 12 years old and in her second year of secondary school, Maricielo is one of our youngest Peruvian Hearts scholars. She might look like a normal 12-year-old, however she is extraordinarily unique. This innocent looking girl happens to be a national karate champion for her age group. Maricielo is currently a blue belt in karate and will receive her brown belt next month. She has travelled all over Peru to compete in numerous national and international competitions. Her next competition is scheduled for September in Cusco in which she is the returning favorite to win. We are incredibly proud of Maricielo and her unwavering determination and work ethic. Given all of her achievements and successes at such a young age, it is obvious that this young woman will accomplish all of her goals and anything she puts her mind to.

Peruvian Hearts currently supports 31 scholars. Twenty three are enrolled at various universities and colleges (8 of the 23 are enrolled in the extremely competitive National University), two are preparing to take the entrance exam for the National University next week, and six are in secondary school determining what they want to study in university once they graduate. It is a very exciting time for Peruvian Hearts, as our first class of university scholars will finish their classes this year and begin their required internships in order to graduate. We continue to be inspired by their constant motivation and drive and want to wish them a successful final semester.

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Peruvian Hearts' Newest Scholar, Yoselin.
12-Year-Old National Karate Champion, Maricielo.
12-Year-Old National Karate Champion, Maricielo.
PH Scholars: Maribel, Epifania, and Jessica.
PH Scholars: Maribel, Epifania, and Jessica.

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