Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival

by Chicuchas Wasi
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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
Felicidad shares the NEW home school style
Felicidad shares the NEW home school style

CW Girls are thrilled with the style changes in March 2021 for home-school

I woke yesterday to shimmering rays of gold peeking over the east hills and shooting slices through my curtains. The little ones will be arriving soon for an Easter egg hunt and brunch in my garden. It has been a year since my family could come together for any reason and the egg hunt image fills my heart. I stuffed the plastic eggs with tiny speckled candies and yellow bunny peeps to hide in the yard. Three little baskets were ready, one for each of my grandsons. The red flyer wagon sat by the door to haul them around the yard for the fun of it and made me smile. Covid is slowing and California is beginning to open up the stores that still can. Drive through vaccines are showing up everywhere. Finally!

Peru is waiting for more vaccines to deliver to the people. Cases are down a little and deaths are 294 totals daily in total Peru-total Vaccines so far 785,000. The WHO is organizing vaccine help from wealthy countries to provide enough vaccines for the poor countries that include Peru. Every country must be vaccinated to end a pandemic to gain heard immunity.

Until Covid is under control, Peru schools remain closed and home school is managing all academic education at all levels from home online. All Peru schools including Lima university students study online all day at home. The CW team and amazing creativity of our teachers and students decided to reinvent the CW academic program during Feb. intense teacher work sessions on Zoom before school started in March. Instead of the videos created on the cell phones each week for students, each teacher of each grade created a two-ring-binder workbook for the entire semester covering each subject and delivered them to each student. There will be added assignments with individual sheets added weekly at a safe drop off park. The girls were excited to receive their binders and learn about this new class style for 2021. They still receive instruction and tutoring by cell as needed.

Each grade chose a student to demonstrate how the new binder will be used.

Felicidad is a third-grade student and demonstrated her binder to her class, with its 5 sections: 

1) Science (PE with yoga &.dance) and science investigations and Environment: plant growth, food cultivation, clean water and protecting the environment

2) Communication: reading, writing, poems, stories etc.

3) Mathematics: using recipes food portions and measuring to learn math, and practice of sums, multiplication etc.

4) Personal Social: history of Peru, voting, current events and government

5) Health: girls learn about their bodies, feelings, menstruation, emotions, sex and resilience. This topic is taught to girls together in 3-4 grades and 5-6 grades to better answer the many questions age related.

We noticed a silver lining that was not expected with home school. Our girls became independent and self-sufficient after the initial few months and far exceeded the help their parents could offer. Older girls began to help their younger siblings, and be innovative to complete their own assignment. The younger girls needed help of a simpler nature and mothers were able to assist. Parents showed how proud they were at how grown up the older girls had become and didn’t need help with assignments anymore. We also learned that our younger girls quickly became readers and writers in the first grade at 6 years and by the second grade they too were learning faster.

The Tuition based Maria School is ready to open, but until we receive the green light from the Ministry of Education, no schools can open. The septic tank has been installed and the road for parents to drive up to the entrance is being paved now. Ruth intended to put several classrooms ready with desks and black boards etc. for this newsletter, but she and her family have all been ill with covid and better now. Rain is always an obstacle with construction and if we add Covid = it's a headache. June/July 2021 is when Ruth is hoping to open 2-3 early grade classes this year. This Maria school will support both this co-ed  school and the CW school for girls for generations.

                                                    THANK YOU 

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

                                        Your support really matters

Your donations allow us to continue to educate 126 + girls - while in home school. Any amount big or small does help and donations do add up. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit and there is a tax benefit for all donations. We have eliminated for now all but the teachers salaries and supplies for home-school lessons. 
The CW education team has a plan for opening the CW school again in July with a curriculum that will be safe (masked), academically successful and allow the girls to return to their beloved school and resume the meal program we know they need. By splitting the schoolroom classes the youngest girls in the morning and older girls in the afternoons, two sessions will limit the number of girls who gather together. They all miss the socializing with their friends and it is important to restore the normal development of social skills and time together at school.

I hate to ask for donations now, but we won't be asking for them in the future when 'Maria' classes are filled. CoVid has upset our plans this year to open Maria school, but we are grateful that we are all well and no-one in our CW large extended family has been gravely ill.

Cusco business is all related to tourism and must open soon as there is not other industry to support the Cusco economy. I know that Cusco tourism will be able to resume soon. Then the Cusco economy will quickly improve. So, this is hopeful.

PLEASE DONATE a little extra TO HELP during the pandemic

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

Felicidad shares the lesson text she began
Felicidad shares the lesson text she began
Science and Environment
Science and Environment
Mathematics
Mathematics
Communication: Reading, Writing, Poetry etc
Communication: Reading, Writing, Poetry etc

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Girls study with siblings during home school
Girls study with siblings during home school

Today it feels as if blessings are flowing and we might be moving slowly towards a life beyond CoVid. 

CoVid update for CW School: Ruth reports that Cusco vaccine is in the 1st. tier and the school teachers fall in the 2nd tier and will be vaccinated in the next two months. Meanwhile all our teachers, students and administrative team are being careful to avoid contagion. Your donation of any amount is appreciated and so needed during the pandemic. I have applied for a grant to help pay our teachers and even though few grants are available in these times, I am hopeful and waiting to hear. So please continue to think of our well trained and committed teachers that we cannot lose even one and maintain the quality of education that we offer to our girls.  THANK YOU

 Peru school year 2021 is open. On March 1 our girls entered their academic classes with home school again and Ruth expects it to continue at home for 2-3 more months before our girls can return to their beloved school depending on CoVid vaccination delivery. Returning is close and we are all very upbeat to plan in-school classes soon. Meanwhile Simeon (our school bus driver and all-round handyman) is doing any maintenance needed before students return. School class materials have been purchased, and uniforms are ordered-so this will be a back to classrooms celebration, grateful for good health and reuniting with classmates and teachers. The cooks are preparing the shopping lists to re-stock the school pantry and make ready for the daily meals for 130 girls plus. 

Please donate to keep CW girls learning even during home-school.

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

CW Alumnae Girls keep in touch:  To date we have about 60 CW Alumnae girls who are in high school, at the University or special training college and who remain in constant contact with Ruth and the school – we still help a few with uniforms and books. IMAGINE we have CW girls at the University now. The only girls in their families to be educated, this is quite an achievement and dream come true for the girls and the CW school. We are changing the gender inequality in education in Cusco. Our girls are the leaders for this change in their culture and society.

Thank you for responding to CW school need for used & working cell phones. I have received 10 used cell phones for the home school use, and now must get them to Cusco - I’m working on that. So home school is in session once again and next month CW news update will have stories to tell you. Returning to the CW school classroom is on every girls mind for July.
Our parents have been allowed to seek work since 12/20 so the nutrition at home is improved with the ability to earn money.

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CW's 'Maria' school is a tuition-based co-ed college prep private school for Cusco children. This is our self-sufficiency funding in Peru plan that is ready to BEGIN and will fund both schools. We are in transition awaiting for a controlled CoVid to be safe to open both schools asap. 

The Maria school is completed and the septic system and concrete road are being installed now. Parents have been contacting Ruth about enrolling their children into this Co-ed college prep primary school as soon as it is allowed to open. That too will be as soon as July and Ruth is making the first 3 classrooms ready with desks, blackboards and all the normal classroom necessities. So, it is all happening at once it seems. We plan to begin with 2 kindergartens and first grade so far. Parents seek a high-quality academic education for their university bound children so they will receive a solid preparation in their 7-8 years at Maria School, ready to move to a private high school after graduation. Please see the most recent photos below.

THE FUTURE OF CW SCHOOL: Our plan to transition to an economic self-sufficient school for many generations to come is progressing. We are in a standby transition waiting for a contained Covid to make it safe to open both schools asap. CW School for Girls (image below) awaits the return of 126 girls eager to be back in their beloved school. The land around the school will again be planted by parents to produce food for our meal program soon.

                                                      THANK YOU 
                                        for your faith in us for 33 years.

PLEASE DONATE a little extra TO HELP pay our teachers during the Pandemic

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

Girls dream of returning to classroom & friends
Girls dream of returning to classroom & friends
Visiting CW Alumnae high schooll girls with Ruth
Visiting CW Alumnae high schooll girls with Ruth
CW's New Maria fundraising school ready to open
CW's New Maria fundraising school ready to open
CW girls ready to return to their beloved school
CW girls ready to return to their beloved school
Our youngest girls thank you for their education
Our youngest girls thank you for their education

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Rae & Ruth with some of the CW girls before CoVid
Rae & Ruth with some of the CW girls before CoVid

CW Girls will be so glad to be back in school March 1 and learning, even if it is home-school a little longer.

Chicuchas Wasi School Girls cannot return to classrooms, but government order with lock-down prevents it. However, administrator Ruth has a plan for July & how we can return students safely to their CW school classrooms. 

 Many blessings to us all as we sputter through 2021 on the Covid train
                (PHOTO: Rae on left, Ruth on right). 

CW has managed to climb over big obstacles in our 33 year history and we will this time too - with your help. The CW organization fundraising business plan is ready, and so close to opening the just completed 'Maria' school - a CW tuition-based co-ed college prep private school for Cusco children. This is a self-sufficiency funding in Peru plan that is ready and will fund both schools. We are in transition awaiting for Covid control to make it safe to open both schools asap. The 'Maria school' construction plan has been privately funded the last 5 years and is now ready to accept students from eager parents seeking international and national university preparation that is lacking in Cusco. 

           Please donate to keep CW girls learning, even while at home.

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

The virus is still with us, and vaccines are going into arms as fast as possible in the US; Children will be getting vaccine by late spring in US says Dr. Fauci. Peru has begun vaccinations too. We all want this over, a full year at home with my dog is enough. Ruth tells me the Peru government made an agreement with China for a ton of vaccines and has started vaccinating citizens now. I really hope so! Cusco has been paralyzed economically without tourism since March of 2020, adding more stress to the poor with unreliable work. CW parents are now allowed to work, even though there is little available, therefore, we ended our year long emergency meal program in December 2020.
Our home-school ended well and all of our girls were promoted to the next grade. Private graduation was held with a little ceremony with family in each girl’s home, but it was not the same for the girls. Efrain again gave his annual gift to the graduating class, his special tour of the Andean heritage locals seldom experience, learning about and visiting more ancient sites. Unfortunately, that was all they could manage during CoVid times.

As 2020 closed, Ruth and the teachers gathered on zoom to plan how they might do better in 2021, until girls can return to the CW physical school in July. Until then we are short 15 operating used cell phones, so all the girls can receive their lessons and videos and talk to their teachers as needed from home. A big plea to our CW community to please have a look around your home to see if you might have used cell phones that you could donate to the Cusco girls for home school that begins in March. Please email me if you do. I have received 7 so far and working on finding a business company that ships to Lima to add our used cell phones. Ruth’s sister lives in Lima and can retrieve them for Ruth.

                                              THANK YOU 
                               for your faith in us all these years.

Thank you for your holiday and year-end donations to continue to educate CW's 126 + girls - in home-school. Any amount big or small does help and donations do add up. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit and there is a tax benefit for all donations. YOUR donations raised $39,000We now have a shortfall of $101,000 to complete 2021 if a full in school budgetSince the CW school classrooms are not able to open yet Ruth and I are taking serious belt-tightening measures to keep educating our girls. So please donate again if you can, to help us chip away at the shortfall and not lose our teachers.  We are cutting all programs for March to focus on teachers salaries (66% of budget) and supplies for home-school lessons (13%). The teachers salaries total $73,900 (plus $18,200 =$92,100 for school supplies and security) and that makes our immediate shortfall today $53,100 during homeschool. If we are able to open the schools in July, I will add back the programs like transportation and meals. See PIE from last news update.

                    Your support really matters  THANK YOU!

Your donations pay our teacher salaries and school operations. The CW education team has a plan for opening the CW school again in July with a curriculum that will be safe (masked), academically successful and allow the girls to return to their beloved school and resume the meal program we know they need now. By splitting the schoolroom classes the youngest girls in the morning and older girls in the afternoons, two sessions will limit the number of girls who gather together. They all miss the socializing with their friends and it is important to restore the normal development of social skills and time together at school.

I hate to ask for donations, but we won't be asking for them in the future when 'Maria' classes are filled. CoVid has de-railed our train for the moment. By cutting almost all programs to focus on paying our teachers who are working longer hours to manage the education at home school we will need less money. We will still maintain the school supplies, and Simeon will manage school & security at the CW school.

On a positive note: One of my CW grown boys from the early CW shelter project, Efrain, in Cusco is a tour operator and tells me the government will open Machu Picchu Ruins in early in 2021. That means tourism will be able to resume and the Cusco economy will quickly improve. So, this is hopeful.
  

Please see the Maria full primary school images attached below. Doors and windows are being installed between the rain downpours. All safety handrails are also being installed.

              PLEASE DONATE a little extra TO HELP during the Pandemic    

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

We continue to hope and pray for CoVid vaccine to protect all in Cusco; for CW girls to return to the CW school classroom, and that parents can find regular work and be able to feed their families.

CW provided emergency food to our families for 10 months of 2020, and now they are allowed to work again. When the CW school kitchen opens again delivering oatmeal breakfast and a hot main meal - our girls will be healthy again. We realize that being home for 2 months (summer vacation) with little nutritious food to eat will have health consequences -severe anemia and possibly more cases of TB. 

Our youngest girls dance at Cusco celebration
Our youngest girls dance at Cusco celebration
The Maria tuition-based school fundraiser for CW
The Maria tuition-based school fundraiser for CW
Maria school final details (around heavy rains)
Maria school final details (around heavy rains)
Long angle-3 floors and ramp/stairs to 3rd floor
Long angle-3 floors and ramp/stairs to 3rd floor
installing classroom doors and windows
installing classroom doors and windows
View of classroom, tile floor & large window areas
View of classroom, tile floor & large window areas
Teacher Haide gives special attention. At home too
Teacher Haide gives special attention. At home too

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Chicuchas Wasi School Girls send you BIG hearts full of love and gratitude for their education.
May you be blessed with much love, good health and abundance for 2021

Chicuchas Wasi School did not close down in March 2020 when CoVid-19 Pandemic hit Cusco, Peru, as almost all schools did. Our teachers and staff put their heads together and organized a home school method what we could manage - with only limited cell phone technology to work with. We have an amazing dedicated team of teachers committed to educating poor girls. The teachers created a plan to teach, as if in the classroom, with their homemade videos the girls could see on the tiny cell phones and written assignments that we delivered to them in a safe park and collected completed each week. Our teachers vowed to keep the girls learning and that not one girl would quit or be held back for poor achievement. All would learn. Parents and older siblings were engaged to support the girls with their assignments and their teachers were available by cell every day to provide one on one instructions. We did well. The girls did well and student confidence grew with the CW experiment of home school.

The first thing we realized when CoVid hit was that when poor parents cannot work, their family will not eat and our CW school meals were now unavailable. There was no alternative; CW team created a life line - an emergency food program to deliver staples to each family to prevent malnutrition that is too common in this community. We asked for help and gratefully donations came in to provide the funds to buy food through 12/31/20 this year. The parents show their gratitude and loyalty buy helping the school and their daughters in many ways. For example: they plant, cultivate and harvest the food production around the school that is now given to our families. The prior CW news updates have explained the creative delivery system we used during Peru's Marshall Law to control the virus spread. Our families have remained healthy and the teachers also-a few did get the virus and have recovered. The CW food life-line has exhausted the funds needed to buy food.

Chicuchas Wasi is facing a financial crisis.

 All remaining funds have been sent to the school. We really need your donations now. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit and there is a tax benefit for all donations before Dec. 31,2020. 

The emergency food project costs $1800 a month - on hold now. Your donations pay for our teacher salaries and school operations. CW education team will begin the end of January to create a plan for opening the CW school again in March with a curriculum that will be safe and successful and allow the girls to return to their beloved school that was created just for them. Ruth plans to split the school sessions to youngest students in the morning and older girls in the afternoon to limit the number of girls who would gather at once. They all miss the socializing with classmates and it is important to restore the normal development of social skills and time together at school.

CW 2021 school budget of $140,000. (
see 2019 PIE below before CoVid) includes our high protein hot meal program (up to 16% of PIE for 2021) at the school. Since cancelling all fundraising events due to CoVid, we have exhausted our funds. CW California hopes to begin the CW fundraising events as soon as possible when safe to do so. During our 33 years we have come through some very difficult times, but CoVid has taken the wind out of our sales. 

Your donation of any amount is appreciated to continue the food program the next 2 months and help us chip away at the school budget. We will cut programs and staff if we absolutely must. We believe in miracles and trust we will be blessed with one now.  

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                            THANK YOU


US Vaccines have begun and we should start to notice improvement as more are vaccinated. Ruth tells me that Peru will be receiving the vaccine sometime in 2021, since it is a huge tourist destination it might be sooner than later. One of my CW grown boys from the early CW shelter project in Cusco is a tour operator and tells me they will open Machu Picchu in January. So, this is hopeful.

We continue to hope and pray for CoVid vaccine in Cusco, for CW girls to return to the CW school on March 2,2021 and that parents can find regular work and be able to feed their families. When the CW school kitchen opens again in March delivering oatmeal breakfast and a hot main meal - our girls will be healthy again. We always worry that being home for 2 months (summer vacation) with little nutritious food to eat will have health consequences -severe anemia and possibly more cases of TB. We plan to continue our emergency meal program through March, if possible.

CW Students have suffered from malnutrition due poverty over the summer months, but when our school is open they are supported nutritionally with a balanced daily hot meal, vitamins are also given to girls who have anemia. Since the girls did not attend school due to COVID lock down this year, the school meal program was not available to them. CW was immediately aware of the consequences to their health and created an emergency food program for each family. We recognize that when school resumes in March we will immediately need a health evaluation of each girl. 

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Gift, Love and emergency food
Gift, Love and emergency food
CW Budget for 2021 similar to 2019
CW Budget for 2021 similar to 2019
Marshall Law pickup area for emerge. food
Marshall Law pickup area for emerge. food
Distribution in isolated area for safety
Distribution in isolated area for safety
Giving girls their xmas gifts
Giving girls their xmas gifts
Mothers receive emergency food
Mothers receive emergency food

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At CW we practice Loving Kindness and Gratitude
At CW we practice Loving Kindness and Gratitude

Chicuchas Wasi School sends you love, good health and abundance always and Gentle Prayer of "Loving Kindness" for us all  -  in Gratitude

CoVid-19 didn't stop CW Girls or their studies. Final exams are done - we made it through the 2020 school year! Our amazing CW teachers kept their promise that not one girl would fall behind or lose an academic school year. Their parents became more involved supporting (and learning with their daughters) as active CoVid cases continued all around them.

Our teachers prepare a Christmas gift for each studentl and will be delivering them to the girls (at a safe drop off location) on the last day of school. A few year end home visits for some students (outdoor areas, good distance and masked) that need personal contact with their teachers before the start of Peru summer vacation. The CW actual school classrooms will reopen in March to begin the 2021 school year. We are all grateful that this deadly pandemic did not take our students or families though some were sick but healed - none died when so many in Cusco did. 
                                                  **************

Please think of our girls when you decorate your Christmas Trees and donate if you are able.

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                                                  THANK YOU
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To help CW friends understand how girls are managing, here are two more stories from Gloria for this news update. After posting a student story and photo last month on FaceBook for all to see, the girls reacted. Fully motivated to share on FaceBook, teachers received the girl's best story as well as class assignments at home were fully engaged - a good motivational tool with the prize of being a girl profiled here and on FaceBook. Ursula is the first story for this news update. The second story is of Adriana.

Assistant Director Gloria shares 5 year old Ursula Iveth.  (See photo below)

Iveth is one of our little ones at CW School, who first entered school at 4 years of age in 2019 and just completed 2 years of preschool in 2020. She is very awake, cheerful and a talkative girl. She has confidence in herself that she developed from the constant support from her older sister, Sayuri, who is a CW student in the 5th grade. Sayuri is always aware of her little sister, providing a solid sense of security, that has helped Iveth develop many skills already and a child who participates well and placing in the first place.

In the 2020 school year, Iveth has continued to be the same happy, talkative and participative student with the support of her family - especially her mother and sister - continues to be the first to send her teacher her lessons for the day. At age 5 she has learned to also to read and write that makes her already advanced and ready for First Grade in March 2012. Iveth tells Gloria of her desire to return to her beloved school, that she misses playing with her classmates, and especially dancing and group performances. She has high expectations for entering First grade and continue to be the first in everything and loves very much the teachers and classmates.

Another story from Gloria for Adriana. (See photo below)

Another little princess is Adriana (shown with her mother). She is in Gloria's class of 5 year old preschoolers at CW school. She is very talkative, and restless though she participates in every activity in the class. Her restlessness gets in the way of her concentration for the activities that require calm and patience, and she often gets upset. Adriana has slowly learned with the love and support of her teacher and classmates to become calm so she can concentrate. She is working with more enthusiasm to do her class work now. While observing what her classmates are doing and realizing she can do them as well. 

Today she is ending her final year in preschool and will promote to first grade a happy girl, sure of herself and enthusiastic to share her completed assignments with her teacher. Her family has observed the importance of their support in her academic activities and with their love and respect she is more confident in herself. For Adriana, it is essential to grow her self-esteem young to take with her throughout life to help her achieve her goals and future expectations.

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We hope and pray AND we plan (positively for CoVid vaccine) for CW girls to return to the CW school on March 2,2021, the start of the Peruvian school year and that parents can return to some regular work and be able to feed their families. When the school kitchen opens again in March delivering oatmeal breakfast and a hot main meal -our girls will be healthy again. We still worry that being home for the next 2 months with little nutritious food to eat will have health consequences-anemia and possibly cases of TB (even during CoVid). We plan to continue our emergency meal program through March- if not longer.

Many CW Students have suffered from malnutrition due poverty over the summer months but when our school is open they are supported nutritionally with a balanced daily hot meal, vitamins are also given to girls who have anemia. Since the girls did not attend school due to COVID lock down this year, the school meal program was not available to them. CW was immediately aware of the consequences to their health and created an emergency food program for each family. 
 

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The CW Emergency Food Program

The Cusco rainy season is now and the ground will soon be wet enough to plant corn and the grasses to restore the tired soil after 3 straight years of heavy planting. Our families are farmers and will cultivate again all around the school as much as possible but will not overwork the land to protect future crops.

Our emergency food program is still providing food basics to our families until parents can safely return to work. More deliveries through March will include: Canned tuna, oil, sugar, rice, lima beans, lentils, 30 eggs each, canned milk, ½ chicken per family. We will add chocolate and canned milk with panetone for the Christmas custom.

Our dedicated Teachers, Cooks, and handy-man/bus-driver are an impressive display of solidarity. We ARE grateful and proud of their willingness to problem solve with thinking out of the box together to get through this Pandemic for the CW girls. The emergency food program has continued since March and our team sorts, bags and fine tunes each family's food need. Thank you Gulf4Good and End World Hunger for supporting our Emergency Food Program. We count our blessings every day. 

                                  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT 

Teachers laugh while they wrap Xmas gifts for girl
Teachers laugh while they wrap Xmas gifts for girl
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Please donate for Christmas
Ursula Iveth and her story
Ursula Iveth and her story
Adriana with her mother in her home
Adriana with her mother in her home
CW School Bus loaded with emergency food aid
CW School Bus loaded with emergency food aid

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