Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival

by Chicuchas Wasi
Play Video
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival
CW girls all read entering first grade
CW girls all read entering first grade

We engage students with a happy environment
The CW school for girls is buzzing with activity and serious classroom lessons, final exams, 6th grade graduation plans as we hustle to get a lot done in the last 6 weeks of the 2022 school year. Add to this our Christmas celebration too.
 
Meanwhile, the new tuition-based Maria Co-Ed prep school is ready to give new students and parents interested in enrolling their children a tour for the start of 2023 school year next March. The Maria school is a colorful and modern primary school that will speak to children today - see images soon to have children. The school and classroom colors are bold with decorations for a happy atmosphere to welcome our first 4 & 5 year old kinder students. Last Saturday our CW Girls school teachers shared their artistic talents to decorate the new Maria school classrooms for a warm age-related welcome the little ones new to school. See photos.

Please donate:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-110-poor-girls-in-cusco-for-economic-survival/

                      THANK YOU

New students to visit MARIA School:
Imagine yourself with your pre-K little ones setting eyes on their new school for the first time while you explore the entire new school. What an exciting moment!

Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls:
Farther down the road our Chicuchas Wasi school for poor girls (at no charge to families) is super active with graduating girls meeting with alumnae girls now in public high school or University to share their stories of what comes after 8 years in the loving arms of CW school for girls. 
 
Maria co-ed School is ready to enroll new students this Dec.
Our last few newsletters shared our CW longevity business plan to keep schools financed in Peru. The tuition-based co-ed Maria school is focused on providing quality college prep education for boys and girls and generating the income to fund both Maria and Chicuchas Wasi schools going forward.

Many Cusco parents refuse the lousy public schools; they prefer to pay for a private school education focused on a solid foundation to prepare their children to compete for entry into the national and international private Universities. Our two schools serve different communities, and both are in demand and CW is known for the quality education and empowerment we provide. Public schools do not offer the level of education that Chicuchas Wasi is known for. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many girls.

Our tuition based Maria School business plan - 
will begin to generate reliable income to support the Maria school as well as the Chicuchas Wasi school for girls as it reaches full enrollment. 
Cusco parents who demand quality private school education for their college bound children, plan to educate them at very competitive foreign and national universities. We really need your donations for this last move for longevity success in Peru. This is the perfect business for CW.org; the demand is here after covid permanently closed down many unqualified private schools that were functioning unsupervised in small rented buildings the last 2 years. The CW Maria school is a beautiful modern and colorful primary school built to deliver quality education and welcomed by the Ministry of Education..

Meanwhile we still need your support for the Chicuchas Wasi School for girls that we continue to deliver at no charge to our poor families. Please see PIE and donate. Thank you so much for the gift of education for girls.

The 35 years success of Chicuchas Wasi Org. nonprofit continues. Please we still need funding until the Maria school is generating enough income and we can say thanks for all your support - The Maria school will fund both schools" BUT not yet friends! This is the moment and the last couple of years needed to implement the promise of longevity and free education for poor indigenous girls in Cusco, Peru. We are VERY close! Please stick with us a bit longer. Financial independence for CW School for Girls is in reach! The ‘Maria co-ed tuition-based School’ will not only raise the funds to support the free CW school for girls and the Maria school – we will be providing quality education for boys and girls with our Chicuchas Wasi academic teaching style. Empowerment and respect for all is what both schools promise students along with confident young adults going forward.

The 2021 newly constructed Maria school was upended by Covid and the 2year lock-down of schools in Peru. Schools are now back with classroom education and the ministry of education has given CW the Maria school the green light to begin for 2023 school year. As more students enroll in the Maria school this will provide funds to add more teachers and grow the school and income. We appreciate any financial help you can offer to get Maria school off the ground.

I am sorry to keep asking, but our donations are down. Please donate any amount you can during this proces, so we are able to operate CW School for girls the next 2 years while Maria start-up operation gets going. 
*Proposed 2023 Chicuchas Wasi School Budget $158,908.40  Included are school meals and transportation each year.
*Approximate 2023 Maria School budget $25,000 is minimal; to start-up Maria school with 3 classrooms & 3 teachers, maintenance of school and utilities. As student numbers grow so will the income from tuition for the operations of the school. Parents provide the family meal at home and transportation.

Many blessings to us all for a brighter, pandemic free new reality.

Please donate

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-110-poor-girls-in-cusco-for-economic-survival/

THANK YOU

Chicuchas Wasi says 
THANK YOU 
Your continued support makes the difference!

CW's future when the (tuition-based ) 'Maria Tuition School' classes are filled, will be self-supporting. CoVid upset our plans to open the Maria school in 2020 until new school year in March 2023 due to lock down. We begin enrolling new students before year end.    PLEASE DONATE
during this transition period to self-suffici9ence with the tuition based Maria school.


NOTE: Thank you all for hanging in there with us. We have a little way to go yet but the impact of our work is self evident in the success of our girls...some are at the university today.       

THANK YOU

Girls compete with their poems
Girls compete with their poems
CW teachers volunteer-decorate Maria school class
CW teachers volunteer-decorate Maria school class
Beautiful modern Maria school
Beautiful modern Maria school
2023 CW annual budget at a glance
2023 CW annual budget at a glance
CW school for poor girls-no charge to families
CW school for poor girls-no charge to families
Co-Ed Maria tuition school to fund both CW schools
Co-Ed Maria tuition school to fund both CW schools

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
CW celebrates Chicuchas Wasi 35 years
CW celebrates Chicuchas Wasi 35 years

CW girls celebrate 35th anniversary while studies continue..
                                                        

We are 8 months now again in class time at Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls 2022. Each year our incoming 4 & 5 y/o kindergarten girls settle into their classroom to learn the ropes of CW school life. They each have a big sister to help them as needed. For this age group the main academic focus is on teaching them to read using our unique style of education. 

CW learning is fun
The little ones first learn the alphabet song and sing it many times with each other. Our 4and5 year old girls have been busy learning their letters by finger-drawing each letter, like M, and saying the letter out loud one by one over and over, while drawing each letter on a desktop sandbox (like an etch-a sketch). Next, they will learn to write their first name, and slowly add and practice daily words they use, like desk, chair, book; using the same sandbox technique, they will next draw the numbers 1-10, then 1-20 etc. This is part of the CW style learning with stepping stones for learning to read and prepare for mathmatics. All CW girls can read and write by the end of the 1st grade. CW has been gifted an extensive library of books for all 1 through 6 primary grades. Many girls read more advanced books and have learned to love reading stories and writing poems to share with their families. To illustrate the wonder of reading words, the kinder girls will sit in story time as the teacher reads to them pointing out the letters. After kindergarten our students will move on to the 1st grade where they will deepen these reading skills and begin to learn to read their first books and write.

Please donate
https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-110-poor-girls-in-cusco-for-economic-survival/

THANK YOU

CW annual school talent competition

Last week our age-related competing subjects were mathematics, dance, poems and speaking and sharing in front of the entire student body. The 100 gift-wrapped award items of cute and colorful clothing (from CA friends) were given out to the winners for the best effort and creativity as all voted on presentations. Here are the images of top contestants translated for you:

Zafiro, second grade reads well and wins with her poem.
  "Oh! dear school
  thanks to you I learned my first letters to write read draw and paint
  thanks to your beautiful teachers, with love and sweetness
  teach us every day to be better
  Oh! dear school CHICUCHAS WASI
  I will always carry you in my heart
  thank you for opening your doors to me"
 - Safiro

Elizabeth third grade wins with her poem
Today is a very special day
  all primary and initial grades come to celebrate our second home 
  I just want to tell you dear school
  that I have a lot of appreciation for you because here I have everything
 
  Today you turn 35 and we want to celebrate it
  during the 2 long years at home, you do not know how much we missed you 
  Here in your beautiful classrooms and with my dear teachers
  I learned that life is very beautiful and that we should not be sad about anything 

  Today I want you to know that I am happy in elementary school
  And that initial was also a beautiful period and I will be much happier with my high school dream
  when my dreams are fulfilled, I will wait with my heart open. That is why I want to tell you, with a lot of love and affection  "HAPPY DEAR SCHOOL DAY" - Elizabeth

 
Milagros fifth grade wins with her poem.
My little school
" Dear Chicuchas wasi, you opened the beautiful doors of your school to me, from the first day you welcomed me, you gave me love and patience with your teachers who taught me to be a better person every day. I have spent a few years with you, between your classes I learn everything every day, in time I understood that what I have lived will always be with me 
In your classes I learned to read, write, draw and have fun endlessly
Today that you are celebrating your anniversary that is why want to celebrate you, so that today and always you continue to occupy the first place in my heart" -Milagros

**********************************************************
Our tuition-based Maria School business plan - will begin to generate good income to support the Maria school as well as the Chicuchas Wasi school for girls as it reaches full enrollment. 

Cusco parents who demand quality private school education for their college bound children, plan to educate them at very competitive foreign and national universities. We really need your donations for this last move for longevity success in Peru. This is the perfect business for CW.org as the demand is here after covid permanently closed down many private schools that were functioning unsupervised in small rented buildings the last 2 years. The CW Maria school is a beautiful modern and colorful primary school built to deliver quality education and welcomed by the Ministry of Education..

Meanwhile we still need your support for the Chicuchas Wasi School for girls that we continue to deliver at no charge to our poor families. Please see PIE and donate. Thank you so much for the gift of education for girls.

We share with you the 35 years success of Chicuchas Wasi Org. nonprofit. This is the moment and the last few years needed to implement the promise of longevity and free education for poor indigenous girls in Cusco, Peru. We are VERY close! Please stick with us a bit longer. Financial independence for CW School for Girls is in reach! The ‘Maria co-ed tuition-based School’ will not only raise the funds to support the free CW school for girls and the Maria school – we will be providing quality education for boys and girls with our Chicuchas Wasi academic teaching style. Empowerment and respect for all is what both schools promise students along with confident young adults going forward. 

********************************************************************
I am sorry to keep asking but please donate any amount you can during this process:

to be able to operate CW School for girls the next 2 years while Maria start-up operation gets going. 
*Proposed 2023 Chicuchas Wasi School Budget $158,908.40  Included: school meals and transportation each year.
*Approximate 2023 Maria School budget $25,000 is minimal; to start-up Maria school with 3 classrooms & 3 teachers, maintenance of school and utilities. As student numbers grow so will the income from tuition for the operations of the school.

Many blessings to us all for a brighter, pandemic free new reality.

Please donate with this link:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-110-poor-girls-in-cusco-for-economic-survival/

Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls are back!
                THANK YOU 
Your continued support makes the difference!
 

CW's future when the (tuition-based ) 'Maria Tuition School' classes are filled, will be self-supporting. CoVid upset our plans to open the Maria school in 2020 until new school year in March 2023 due to lock down. We begin enrolling new students before year end.    PLEASE DONATE
during this transition period to self-suffici9ence with the tuition based Maria school.


NOTE: Thank you all for hanging in there with us. We have a little way to go yet but the impact of our work is self evident in the success of our girls...some are at the university today. 

 

PLEASE DONATE  on this link:      
https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-110-poor-girls-in-cusco-for-economic-survival/
THANK YOU

4-5 year olds learn their letters
4-5 year olds learn their letters
second grader Zafiro writes & reads her poem
second grader Zafiro writes & reads her poem
Zafiro's poem
Zafiro's poem
Elizabeth 3rd grade reads and writes
Elizabeth 3rd grade reads and writes
5th grader Milagros is quite a writer
5th grader Milagros is quite a writer
To show how we use donations
To show how we use donations
THANK YOU for our EDUCATION
THANK YOU for our EDUCATION

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Happy in class again
Happy in class again

Happy July Ends and New Worries begin -Rae Lewis July 27, 2022

 CW girls love school and learning and are easily engrossed in the daily school routine. A rare surprise this month was a three week visit from Yoga Teacher, Elaine, who came from New Zealand to visit Cusco, CW School and teach the girls English,Yoga and Meditation; enthusiasm is an understatement for the joyful emotions of the girls (see photos). The teachers are busy with normal class activities and special programs, they also daily reinforce the covid precautions: mask, handwashing and distance for school and home life and not one case among them. See photo of the graduating class --color guard transfer to next promotion girls.

CW survived the two year home-school during the Covid crisis pretty well. CW also provided emergency food staples for our 100 families unable to work and afford food for those two years. Amazingly, CW administrator Ruth also managed to finalize the Cusco fundraiser project ‘Maria School’ construction in 2020. Unfortunately, Covid and the Gov. order to continue home school derailed our plan to enroll Maria students in 2020 and the delay ate up our new school set-up funds. 

In 1987 when CW was founded, I promised to share CW successes and difficulties encountered going forward. After 35 years managing the mostly smooth and lately bumpier years, Ruth and I have hit a snag. After 30 + years working together -Ruth supervised the building of both the CW school and the Maria School while I manage the administrative and fundraising work in California, and if a problem appears we put our heads together to find the solution. Today Ruth and I are burning up the phone lines to solve the new financial hurdle. 

Our perfect plan to shift Cusco funding to Peru - but not yet
CW has prepared well: both schools are constructed well and provide large classrooms and necessities for the long term, and our staff and teachers are ready with new additions picked for the Maria School. The nonprofit ChicuchasWasi.org owns them both outright and we are ready, BUT we have just hit a bumpy road full of potholes: The new Maria School's modest start-up funds are gone, post covid donations are down, and the loss of a hoped for special grant to finance the transition of California fundraising to Cusco fundraising. The tuition from the ‘Maria School’ ( ready to begin enrolling boys and girls for a quality college prep school) is ready to open March 1, 2023. Rae submitted the grant proposal to fund the start-up costs to transition to ‘Maria School’ financial self-sufficiency. The granting entity has decided to hold off on all grants: still recovering post covid there are few grants available. We have tightened our belt- English and art classes on hold until funds allow, but daily school meal and school bus programs continues. CW School will not close, BUT we must transition the future funding to the Maria School project and need secure funds to do so.

The Grant that almost was
The funding we need will pay 3 classroom teachers the first and second year and grow the Maria student body as students move a grade up and new students enroll. The loss of the hoped for start-up funding is a now a big pot hole in our self-sufficiency plan going forward. The ‘Maria tuition school’ will generate good income to support its operation and with full enrollment also the budget of the CW free School for Girls. We will have success. The Cusco parents who demand quality private school education for their college bound children, plan to educate them at very competitive foreign and national universities. We really need your donations for this last move to success in Peru. This is the perfect business for CW.org as the demand is huge after covid closed down many private schools in rented buildings

You made CW possible and share the 35 years success of Chicuchas Wasi Org. nonprofit. This is the moment and the last couple of years to guarantee the promise of CW longevity and free education for poor indigenous girls in Cusco, Peru. We are so close I can almost touch it. Financial independence for CW School for Girls is in reach! The ‘Maria co-ed tuition-based School’ will not only raise the funds to support the free CW school for girls and the Maria school – we will be providing quality education for boys and girls with our open arms and value strong style. Empowerment for our forgotten girls and respect for all is what both schools promise along with quality education for confident young students going forward. So please help us make this slow shift to self-sufficiency in Cusco, Peru. Our CW team is ready! California is ready! And our students and families are ready too.

                 PLEASE DONATE Today

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-110-poor-girls-in-cusco-for-economic-survival/


As the founder of CW in 1987, I have become increasingly and sadly aware that most of the nonprofit projects I knew in Cusco have had to close down due to Covid or when the founder could not continue to raise needed funds as she aged or the founder died. Fortunately, I am healthy and continue to write to you all each month from my home office in California. But I am a realist: next year I will be 80 and must keep the promise I made to the children that CW will be able to welcome many more little girls like our students and alumnae for generations to come. Ruth and I co-founded the CW school (she the teacher and I the nurse) have worked together for 30 years. Anyone who has met Ruth knows she is a powerhouse at 55 years, and will take CW forward for years to come. She has already begun grooming Gloria to follow here one day. This fact gives me peace of mind, plus I quite able to manage my part in CW CA.

Please dig deep to help us get the start-up process started. Below are the numbers that you will help you understand.  I have made them as clear as I can, all thanks to our efficient California board Treasurer and Bookkeeper Isabel

The 2022 Chicuchas Wasi School budget was $156,560.00. we are still raising for last 3 months of school. On August 1, 2022 we have a $42,000 bank balance. Please see the wheel image breakdown.
*Five years ago we began saving for a serious emergency (my death and the only fundraiser) and have $180,000.00 untouched in a different bank. Watching my friends close down their 25 yr projects was upsetting. Not being grim, but a practical person must prepare for unforeseen events-it matters to our CW girls and team.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Proposed 2023 Chicuchas Wasi School Budget $158,908.40 
Included: school meals and transportation for each year.
Proposed 2024 Chicuchas Wasi School Budget $ 161,292.03
Funds above are needed to operate CW School the next 2 years while Maria start-up operation gets going. 
Approximate budget is minimal to begin Start-up Maria school (3 classrooms/3 teachers, maintenance of school and utilities) As student numbers grow so will the income from tuition for the operations of the school.

Approximate Maria start-up budget is $25,000. per year
is minimal to begin Start-up Maria school (3 classrooms/3 teachers, maintenance of school and utilities) As student numbers grow so will the income from tuition for the operations of the school.


Many blessings to us all for a brighter, pandemic free new reality.

Girls learn to slow their active minds -meditation
Girls learn to slow their active minds -meditation
Volunteer Elaine teaches YOGA
Volunteer Elaine teaches YOGA
English class little by little
English class little by little
Honoring Cusco Day with love-Quechua
Honoring Cusco Day with love-Quechua
Daily dental care protects teeth
Daily dental care protects teeth
CW JOY and LOVE shared with you
CW JOY and LOVE shared with you
Here is a clear look at how money is spent at CW
Here is a clear look at how money is spent at CW

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Joy is in the air -girls are back in school-CW sch
Joy is in the air -girls are back in school-CW sch
After 4 months back in the classroom, we have new concerns    -Rae Lewis June 28, 2022

CW school 2022 began last March. Our teachers and admin didn't know what to expect of students after 2 years isolated at home. Questions like: During national lock-down how did families manage crammed into small quarters? Did they have enough to eat every day? Did too much stress, hunger and no work create abuse and other dysfunction? We now know that some of those concerns were real and we are working to improve what we can. Teachers and Ruth are available to the girls to listen to their stories with generous hugs.

Serious study is a daily main focus.
Today our girls are focused on multiplication tables and a human science lectures on how the human body works delivered by their teachers and recess to socialize with classmates.

Malnutrition is a frequent consequence of poverty
CW staff is paying attention. Ruth reports that our girls are thinner and arrive hungry ready for the morning oatmeal to wake them up. We still cannot restart our daily dining in-cafeteria meals for the girls, even in shifts, due to crowding and covid worries. However, for 3 months we have been preparing in our kitchen the midday meal and delivered to each classroom, for each girl in individual Tupperware-like containers to their desks, separated several feet from each other. We provide a nutritional hot meal like 'Loco de Zapallo' a rich creamy squash stew (cubes of yellow squash, cheese, potatoes, corn), and lacking in most of our homes due to poverty. Lunchtime is eagerly received and our 5 year olds quickly finish and are first to line in the kitchen for more of the popular and tasty creamy squash dish, telling the cooks how good it is. But they are still hungry. The high cost of food lately has put an added burden on the family to provide home meals and Ruth fears that too many girls only receive the main meal at school. Some Peruvian dishes we prepare for the girls: Chicken stew, Lentils, Tarwi (a creamy legume dish) to name a few.
Cusco celebrates every opportunity for happiness and laughter
June 24th is the annual Day of Cusco, celebrated all over Cusco and in schools. CW Girls put on their traditional dress and dance on our patio to Celebrate their culture. 
The team built a typical high Andean outdoor oven called a "Huatia" (mud-earth packed clumps to build a traditional outdoor oven) Our school's home-grown potatoes were poured into the top of this oven when it was hot enough and then the entire oven smashed down to let them cook for about 40 min. A bit like the 'Hawaiian Imu', but on top of ground. The girls then pealed away the skins and smeared each potato with a tasty salsa and popped them into their mouths - an extra picnic treat before the end of the day. 
The CW team is constantly talking about how happy they are to be back in the classroom. Teachers enjoy sharing the cultural celebrations with the girls the joy of it all. 
Parents continue to support the school with their labor
The skyrocketing cost of food keeps climbing due to cost of gas to transport food staples to the mountains. Little by little work is improving with day jobs opening up again. But most poor families still barely get by. Whatever we grow at the school is a big help.
Returning visitors to CW school
Tourism is picking up daily and some request to volunteer at the school.  In July we have a volunteer coming who will be teaching English and Yoga over 3 weeks at the school. The girls are delighted to see them and lean new and different things.
And a few photos for you to enjoy. “A picture speaks a thousand words” 
*CW wildly happy to be back at their beloved school & Classroom study is back
*Lunch containers are delivered to eager girls for the special sazon of our cooks.
*The Andean oven of every Andean farmer at the school cooking potatoes to snack on with friends and a yummy salsa.
* The Maria School is ready here below in Green color.
Many blessings to us all for a brighter, pandemic free new reality.
Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls are back!
                  THANK YOU 
Your support has made the difference!

 
CW's future when the (tuition-based ) 'Maria Tuition School' classes are filled, will be self-supporting. CoVid upset our plans to open the Maria school in 2020, but we are grateful that our CW large extended family is well. We plan to begin enrolling new students late in 2022.

NOTE: Thank you all for hanging in there with us. We have a little way to go yet but the impact of our work is self evident in the success of our girls...some are at the university today. 
 
                          PLEASE DONATE       

Read the CW STORY
"JUMP ON THE LOVE TRAIN"
a fundraiser to EDUCATE GIRLS
WWW.chicuchaswasi.org/book/
100% of the proceeds go to the school
       Thank you
       
So good-room for seconds please
So good-room for seconds please
Little ones learn about dancing and line up time
Little ones learn about dancing and line up time
Peal skin, smear the salsa and pop into mouth..yum
Peal skin, smear the salsa and pop into mouth..yum
Pour potatoes in top when hot and then smash- cook
Pour potatoes in top when hot and then smash- cook
Great cooks at CW school nutritous & good
Great cooks at CW school nutritous & good
All dressed up to celebrate CUSCO DAY
All dressed up to celebrate CUSCO DAY

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Parents attend a meeting with assist.Direct.Gloria
Parents attend a meeting with assist.Direct.Gloria

After just 3 months back in the classroom, CW is back to normal!   

It's been three months since CW girls and teachers stepped back into a physical classroom. We didn't know what to expect after 2 years of home school; we are relieved to see how responsible our girls have become in two years. All are wearing their masks indoors and sometimes outdoors understanding that we must still take care. Even then they have all easily returned to the normal school flow with their friends and teachers. Gratefully,  all student grade levels have caught up to where they would be normally now had they not been in home-school the last 2 years. The CW team is attentive, listening and watching girls for any signs of a disruptive home life during home-school to assure all girls get any help they might need. Thank you all for your support. CW teachers always provide one-on-one tutoring as needed, to prevent a student from sliding slowing backwards - with success. Our teachers tell us how wonderful they feel to be back in their classrooms watching the girls demonstrate their joy with easy laughter and playfulness once again, while eager to learn.
 
Parents continue to support the school with their physical labor
Assistant Director, Gloria, led the parents meeting the first week of school to plan the ways they can help CW school get up and running again. Mostly farmers, parents have been planting and harvesting whatever we can grow on the school grounds for the school meal program for the last 20 years. Potatoes were planted in early Jan, but due to the heavy rains that threatened to ruin our crop, they harvested early; we have piles of potatoes albeit a little smaller this year due to the shorter season. They will plant again soon to grow another vegetable crop. The skyrocketing cost of food due to cost of gas to transport food staples to Cusco from Lima has hit our families the hardest. Work for them is finally improving with day jobs opening up again. But most still barely get by.

The cost of basics has hit everyone in Peru and our teachers, cook and all round handy-man and school bus driver - all are hit particularly hard. What ever we grow at the school is a big help. We have also increased the wages of our team to help them deal with the cost of food - a third of our teachers are single mothers. 

Returning students
Not all students have returned to the school - so far
The few students who left Cusco with their families during the worst of Covid to return to the high andes where they have family farming to feed them, have still not returned. Cusco work is picking up and we hope to see them returning soon.

The ever changing Peruvian school requirements:
We still cannot restart our daily dining in-cafeteria meals for the girls, even in shifts, due to crowding and covid worries. However, we are now allowed to prepare in our kitchen the daily meal and delivery them to each classroom, for each girl, in individual tupperware type plastic containers to their individual desks, separated several feet from each other. We are still providing the nutritional daily food that is lacking in most of our homes due to poverty. Our emergency food program ended with the return of the school meals. Malnutrition is a constant concern and why we created our daily school meal program when we build the CW school that included a big kitchen and dining room. Student health has greatly improved.

The Maria School
Ruth returned from her California visit recharged and with new plans on how and when to open the tuition-based Maria school, timing it with an improved Cusco economy.  

A change of scenery and our leadership brainstorming always opens us up to new ideas. 
The best way to attract parents/students is to advertise as Cusco recovers economically from covid. The timing has just not been right so far; by the end of this year and good advertising that we are open for enrollment - it will be the right time.

And a few photos for you to enjoy. “A picture speaks a thousand words” 
*CW celebrated Kindergarten School Day on the patio.The youngest girls at the school are honored for being the most enthusiastic at the CW school showing off their eagerness to learn. Classroom study is back
*Parents show up to represent their daughters education on the patio
*Lunch containers wait on the teachers desk to deliver.
*We proudly present our teachers and one cook here
* The Maria School is ready here in Green color.


Many blessings to us all for a brighter, pandemic free new reality.

                    PLEASE DONATE

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-110-poor-girls-in-cusco-for-economic-survival/

                     THANK YOU

 Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls are SO HAPPY TO BE BACK! 

Your support has made the difference!
 

CW's future when the (tuition-based ) 'Maria Tuition School' classes are filled, will be self-supporting. CoVid upset our plans to open the Maria school in 2020, but we are grateful that our CW large extended family is well. We plan to begin enrolling new students late in 2022 as soon as parents are ready and covid controlled. 


NOTE: Thank you for still hanging in there with us. We have a little way to go yet but the impact of our work is self evident in the success of our girls...some at the university today. 

Read the CW STORY
"JUMP ON THE LOVE TRAIN"
a fundraiser to EDUCATE GIRLS
HTTP://WWW.chicuchaswasi.org/book/
100% of the proceeds go to the school
Thank you

Class is back in session but still masked
Class is back in session but still masked
Celebrating Kinder education in Cusco
Celebrating Kinder education in Cusco
The proud little ones dressed up for their day
The proud little ones dressed up for their day
Lunch waits on teachers desk-ready and hot
Lunch waits on teachers desk-ready and hot
Teachers happy to be back in the CW school
Teachers happy to be back in the CW school
So happy to be with friends again
So happy to be with friends again

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Chicuchas Wasi

Location: Sonoma, California - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @chicuchaswasi
Project Leader:
Diana Rae Lewis
Board President
Sonoma, CA United States
$292,237 raised of $335,000 goal
 
2,708 donations
$42,763 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Chicuchas Wasi has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.