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, 2017

PH Welcomes Six Scholars; 2nd PH Scholar Admitted to La Catolica & PH Donors Visit Girls in Cusco

PH Scholars in the PH Apartment in Cusco
PH Scholars in the PH Apartment in Cusco

Thank you to our loyal donors and the entire Peruvian Hearts family for your continued support. It is your significant generosity and gifts of love that enable us to grow as an organization and impact the lives of even more girls, their families, and communities in Peru. We are so blessed to have such giving supporters and we are grateful for each individual gift to help the girls. 

In January we celebrated and officially welcomed six of our scholars into the Peruvian Hearts family through a meaningful initiation ceremony. Over the course of the last year, Rut Karina, Yoselin, Jessica, Helen, Kristel and Thilcia, have each demonstrated their personal academic drive and their unfaltering commitment to our program. It was a beautiful ceremony, which included poems written (specifically written for the event) and recited by PH scholar, Elba Luz, singing by PH scholar, Milagros, and Enrique, the father of PH scholars Helen and Frine, welcoming words from Maribel on behalf of the other PH scholars, and dancing by PH scholar Alexandra and her dance partner. It was a significant occasion for the six girls who were initiated and a touching ceremony for the attending guests, parents, and other PH scholars. We have set our expectations high for these six young women as we watch them develop into confident leaders and we know that each girl has the power within herself to break her cycle of poverty and transform the world.

We are excited to recognize Peruvian Hearts scholar, Maribel, who was recently admitted to study accounting in Lima at Universidad Pontifica de La Catolica, which many people consider to be the best university in Peru. Last year Maribel participated in an exchange semester at La Catolica in Lima and it opened her eyes to even bigger dreams and aspirations. Following her heart, she returned to Cusco after her exchange in Lima, determined to find a way to continue her studies in Lima. Without any help, she filed all of the necessary paperwork to begin the transfer process. After another entrance exam and an interview at La Catolica in Lima, Maribel was notified of her acceptance.  Maribel joins Gloria (who studies mining engineering) as the only two PH scholars to study at La Catolica in Lima. The girls live together in an apartment near the university that is provided by Peruvian Hearts. 

We have also had the recent pleasure to welcome many of our loyal donors to Peru and to give them the opportunity to spend time getting to know the PH scholars. It is such a joy to share with our visitors the inspirational dreams our girls have and their personal stories of perseverance and overcoming challenges they have faced growing up in poverty. These shared experiences have moved and touched the hearts and lives of both our visitors and the PH scholars. The PH girls love to share their feelings and stories with our visitors and our girls enjoy hearing from and learning about the lives and life experiences of our visitors as well. 

The Six PH Scholars During the Initiation Ceremony
The Six PH Scholars During the Initiation Ceremony
PH Scholar Elba Luz recites a poem at the ceremony
PH Scholar Elba Luz recites a poem at the ceremony
PH Scholars During the Initiation Ceremony
PH Scholars During the Initiation Ceremony
PH Scholar, Eli, Speaks to PH Visitors in Cusco
PH Scholar, Eli, Speaks to PH Visitors in Cusco
PH Scholar, Yeshira, with a PH visitor in her home
PH Scholar, Yeshira, with a PH visitor in her home

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Nov 10, 2016

Maite Joins PH Family; Donors and Humanitarians Help PH Change the World, One Heart at a Time.

Lourdes (left) and her daughter, Maite.
Lourdes (left) and her daughter, Maite.

As the number of Peruvian Hearts scholars continues to expand, so does the even larger Peruvian Hearts family of supporters. It is because of your ongoing and heartfelt generosity that we are able to meaningfully impact the lives of the 39 young girls in Peru and allow them to accomplish their dreams. As each of you know, every gifts makes a significant economic difference in the lives of our girls, and each gift also inspires our girls as they are again reminded that a large family of PH supporters is rooting for them and encouraging them to accomplish their dreams.

Meet Maite: A New Peruvian Hearts Scholar

Maite, one of Peruvian Hearts’ newest scholars, will graduate from secondary school in Cusco in December and embark on her university career. She was just informed of her acceptance into the National University of San Antonio of Abad in Cusco to study Civil Engineering. After many early mornings and late nights of studying and preparing, month after month, Maite earned a perfect score of 20 on her first university entrance exam and a 19.60 on her second exam, giving her the second highest ranking among the 350 students in her class. Her determination and perseverance and her average exam score of 19.80 earned Maite one of the four coveted spots in the incoming class for civil engineering at the UNSAAC. The acceptance rate for the civil engineering exam was an extremely competitive 1.1%.

Maite’s mother, Lourdes, a very humble single mother of two girls, works as a school secretary part time and also at her church part time. She has always supported and encouraged her daughters throughout their studies. Lourdes knew that even with Maite graduating from secondary school in December, she would not be able to afford to send her to study at university next year, because of their extremely limited economic resources. With that in mind, Lourdes researched scholarship opportunities at various universities, only to realize that those options were essentially nonexistent.

While searching online, Lourdes found Peruvian Hearts’ website and read about our work and our mission to help educate and empower girls. She found it very interesting that in addition to empowering girls through character development and engagement in service, we also provide our scholars with financial scholarships to continue their studies at the university level. Lourdes quickly placed a phone call to our Program Director in Cusco, Jeannette, to find out if what she saw on the website was indeed true. It was difficult for Lourdes to believe that there was a charitable organization in Cusco that might possibly help give her daughter the opportunity to complete her dream of studying at university and working for a brighter future.

While attending secondary school, Maite maintained the highest student ranking in her class, but because of her family’s limited economic means, attending university was simply an unaffordable dream. She understood that soon her education would end, and university was not in her future. After several interviews with Maite and Lourdes, and a detailed application process, Maite was enthusiastically accepted into Peruvian Hearts.

Her acceptance into Peruvian Hearts now guarantees Maite the opportunity to accomplish her dream of studying at university. She is an example of a brilliant, motivated and thoughtful young woman, who has many gifts to give the world. We are so excited to watch Maite’s continued growth and to help enable her to fulfill her dream of helping others and making the world a better place. 

Student Humanitarians From Seattle, WA and PH Donors Help Make Meaningful Impact For PH Scholars

Many times when we give a gift, its power and the ripple effect from its impact are unknown. Your gifts are the foundation of our work and the scholarships and empowerment opportunities that we provide to our girls. Without your loyal support we could not give girls like Maite the support she needs to continue her education. Your gifts go directly to support costs such as tuition, books and uniforms, food and medical costs, transportation and participation in empowerment classes. The ripple effects will be inter-generational and felt profoundly by our scholars, their families, and the people who they will touch throughout their lives.

One of our scholars, Epifania (Epi), is in the process of completing her thesis, and will graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting during the first half of 2017. She will be the first member of her family to obtain a college degree! Epi comes from a small family just outside of Cusco who live in extreme poverty.  They live in a humble adobe house, and Epi studies on her bed under the dim light of a single bulb. Their bathroom is a hole in the ground and they bathe in cold water from the shower.

In October, a group of students from Adventures Cross Country, of Seattle, WA, came to visit the Peruvian Hearts girls and give their time and their hearts through volunteering. The group of young inspired humanitarians spent their time visiting with the PH scholars and painting the homes of Epifania and Peruvian Hearts scholar, Yeshira. The students also teamed up for a friendly soccer match against the Peruvian Hearts girls before sharing dinner together in Cusco.

In addition to the service work performed by the students, two generous Peruvian Hearts donors decided that they wanted to make a donation to help Epi and her family build a bathroom in their house. Thanks to their generosity, we took Epifania to ProMart (similar to Home Depot) in Cusco to purchase the supplies for her bathroom including things like plastic tubes and electrical cables, tile, a toilet, sink, mirror, towel rack, a light fixture, showerhead, and even a colorful shower curtain! The new bathroom will also have a large glass window for brighter natural illumination and Epi’s family will now have hot water with the electric water heater that was purchased. This project will bring not just a more sanitary situation to this family, but dignity, upon which a price cannot be placed. 

Thank you for being part of the Peruvian Hearts family. As you know, your loyal support, no matter the size, is life-changing for our Peruvian Hearts scholars. Your compassion and generosity continue to make a real difference in Peru.

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Maite will study Civil Engineering at the UNSAAC
Maite will study Civil Engineering at the UNSAAC
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Peruvian Hearts' Scholars Meet Together in Cusco
Epi proudly poses in her newly painted bedroom!
Epi proudly poses in her newly painted bedroom!
An ARCC student volunteer paints Epi
An ARCC student volunteer paints Epi's house
Epifania
Epifania's previous bathroom shared by her family
Epi buying supplies for her family
Epi buying supplies for her family's new bathroom
Epi shopping for materials for her new bathroom
Epi shopping for materials for her new bathroom
Epi checks on the progress of the new bathroom
Epi checks on the progress of the new bathroom
ARCC students play soccer against the PH Girls
ARCC students play soccer against the PH Girls
ARCC & PH scholars take a group photo together
ARCC & PH scholars take a group photo together

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Aug 9, 2016

Supporters: Meet Peruvian Hearts' Newest Scholar, Andrea!

Peruvian Hearts scholars Lucero (left) and Andrea
Peruvian Hearts scholars Lucero (left) and Andrea

We want to thank all of our generous supporters who continue to make it possible for the Peruvian Hearts scholars to fulfill their dreams. The generosity from our loyal donors has allowed us to expand our empowerment program to thirty-eight inspirational girls. Your ongoing support and kindness allows us to fulfill our promise of a brighter future to our motivated young scholars. On behalf of the girls in Peru, thank you for your desire to join us as we educate and enable these girls to become leaders and agents of change for their communities and country.

Meet Peruvian Hearts Newest Scholar -- Andrea, 15

Andrea, who lives in the small town of Izcuchaca, about 35 minutes west of Cusco, joined Peruvian Hearts in May of 2016. Her older sister, Lucero, has been a Peruvian Hearts scholar since 2011, when the empowerment program first began. Andrea is a brilliant student with a delightful wit, and she is mature beyond her years. As the valedictorian of her school class over the last 4 years, Andrea will graduate from high school in December of 2016 again as the top student. As she finishes her last year of high school, she also attends a prep course to prepare the university entrance exam. Her dream is to become an orthodontist, and as Andrea says, “I want to be the best orthodontist in the world.” She says she wants to study this career in order to offer affordable services to those who live in rural communities and have low economic resources. Having grown up in a family living in poverty, it was not easy for Andrea’s family to afford the basic orthodontic services that she needed. This is her inspiration to study orthodontia and try to give back to others by offering discounted services to people who cannot afford the typical cost of dental work.

In early April, Andrea and Lucero lost their mother to a battle with cancer, which deeply saddened the entire family. Andrea and Lucero showed their true strength in the following days and weeks, and in a time of need they were warmly embraced by all of their Peruvian Hearts sisters. At the end of June, Andrea turned 15 years old and in Peru, just like other Latin American countries, it is traditional to have a quinceañera(a customary fifteenth birthday celebration) so, Peruvian Hearts threw Andrea a party to celebrate. Andrea, her family, the PH scholars and staff all enjoyed an evening of dancing and celebration. At one point during the evening Lucero got up to speak in front of everyone and she said that before their mother passed away, she had told them that one of her dreams was to throw a quinceañera for her youngest daughter, Andrea. Lucero said that even though their mother was not there to attend the quinceañera celebration that night, she knew that she was there in spirit as her dream was being fulfilled.

During the past several months the Peruvian Hearts scholars have stayed very busy with their university studies, attending classes and conferences, researching and writing theses, and fulfilling required internship hours in order to graduate. Their perseverance and determination is stronger than ever, and they are getting closer and closer to their goal of finishing university. Currently, Epifania and Rosa are researching and writing their theses, Alexandra and Lucero recently successfully presented their theses, and Flor Nelida is waiting to be presented with her title as a certified chef. These PH scholars will be the first young women from Peruvian Hearts to graduate from university, and we are thrilled by their accomplishments.

Again, we encourage our supporters to take the time to visit our girls and get to know them individually. To meet these girls in person and hear their stories is life-changing. While spending time with the girls, you will learn about the richness and beauty of the Peruvian culture and will of course have time to visit the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. Please contact Danny at danny@peruvianhearts.org if you are interested in traveling to Peru.

Andrea dances with her father at her quinceanera!
Andrea dances with her father at her quinceanera!
Andrea holding 4 of her valedictorian diplomas.
Andrea holding 4 of her valedictorian diplomas.
Andrea dreams to study orthodontia in university.
Andrea dreams to study orthodontia in university.

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