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

Santa Count Down - 4 more days 

Our 4 & 5 year old kindergarten girls sing Happy Christmas to you in Quechua (please see the video at https://www.facebook.com/chicuchaswasi/ They all know the words in their mother tongue and I am sorry to say I do not. Their teacher is coaching them and holds a mic to individual girls who are belting out this favorite song.

The Peruvian school year ended Friday 11/15 for the 2017 year - But the Chicuchas Wasi School Girls returned to school Saturday to celebrate Christmas. The girls created their Nativity scene this year a bit smaller than last year - there was a lot going on with graduation too.

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CW girls love to perform and gladly sing and dance around the CW Christmas Tree for their parents and classmates during the Christmas presentation.
The words on the wall behind them says:  "The best gift that exists and that you can give this Christmas is LOVE to your Family."
CW prepares the traditional 'Cholatada' with hot chocolate and sweet Panetone to munch on while the girls admire what Santa brought them. The chatter and laughter in the air tells the joy the girls feel with Christmas and then vacation until March 2018. Our girls know they are blessed and thank you for the education that you give them. From our hearts to yours..      *THANK YOU*


           Please remember to donate to the CW School stocking too.
                      **Year-end donations still get a tax deduction** 


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CW teachers are all in red vests. Psychologist Alejandro is the only male, and next to him is the Secretary. Behind her is Gloria the Assistant Director of the school. The two ladies on the other end are the CW Cooks. They are all special and we could not do it without them.

Kindergarten girls sing in Quechua for you
Kindergarten girls sing in Quechua for you
CW girls created Nativity
CW girls created Nativity
CW dancing around the Christmas tree
CW dancing around the Christmas tree
girls sing and dance for their part
girls sing and dance for their part
Ruth & Gloria talk to parents/Staff behind
Ruth & Gloria talk to parents/Staff behind
hot chocolate and Panetone tradition w/gifts
hot chocolate and Panetone tradition w/gifts

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Santa Count Down - 4 more days 

Our 4 & 5 year old kindergarten girls sing Happy Christmas to you in Quechua (please see the video at https://www.facebook.com/chicuchaswasi/ They all know the words in their mother tongue and I am sorry to say I do not. Their teacher is coaching them and holds a mic to individual girls who are belting out this favorite song.

The Peruvian school year ended Friday 11/15 for the 2017 year - But the Chicuchas Wasi School Girls returned to school Saturday to celebrate Christmas. The girls created their Nativity scene this year a bit smaller than last year - there was a lot going on with graduation too.

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CW girls love to perform and gladly sing and dance around the CW Christmas Tree for their parents and classmates during the Christmas presentation.
The words on the wall behind them says:  "The best gift that exists and that you can give this Christmas is LOVE to your Family."
CW prepares the traditional 'Cholatada' with hot chocolate and sweet Panetone to munch on while the girls admire what Santa brought them. The chatter and laughter in the air tells the joy the girls feel with Christmas and then vacation until March 2018. Our girls know they are blessed and thank you for the education that you give them. From our hearts to yours..      *THANK YOU*

           Please remember to donate to the CW School stocking too.
                      **Year-end donations still get a tax deduction** 

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

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CW teachers are all in red vests. Psychologist Alejandro is the only male, and next to him is the Secretary. Behind her is Gloria the Assistant Director of the school. The two ladies on the other end are the CW Cooks. They are all special and we could not do it without them.

4&5 y/o sing in Quechua Happy Christmas
4&5 y/o sing in Quechua Happy Christmas
Performers dancing around xmas tree
Performers dancing around xmas tree
Traditional hot chocolate & Panetone-chatter-laugh
Traditional hot chocolate & Panetone-chatter-laugh
Admin's Ruth & Gloria speak to parents/teachers
Admin's Ruth & Gloria speak to parents/teachers

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Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus - only 8 more days...

We Wish YOU a very Merry Holiday with loved ones & friends filled with laughter and love. THANK YOU for YOUR donations during 2017, and keeping the school free to 115 girls. 

Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls is energized and getting ready for our BIG school Christmas celebration this Saturday. Here is a sneak preview with our three wise men decked out and waiting for the celebration to show you more images-in a few days.

ALSO, the last day of school for 2017 in Peru is this Friday with graduation. In early March 2018 we will begin again another school year. Stay tuned for the next issue.

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

     Please remember to donate to the CW School stocking too.
                  **Year-end donations still get a tax deduction** 

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Our girls happily demonstrated typical dances from villages all over Peru through local streets during our 30th anniversary celebration with much pride and joy for their CW school. They are so fortunate and grateful to have this education that you are giving them. From our hearts to you.    THANK YOU.

"I want to make sure that no girl out there is denied her chance to be a strong, capable woman with the resources that she needs to succeed, that no girl is prevented from making her unique contributions to the world. Every CHILD is precious, Every GIRL is precious. EVERY GIRL deserves an education."   -Barack Obama

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

     Please remember to donate to the CW School stocking too.
                **Year-end donations still get a tax deduction** 

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With hot meals like our liver dish below, our girls suffering from anemia (40%) is under control thanks to our nutritious meal program that YOU supported. 

                                       THANK YOU!
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Happy Christmas to everyone
Happy Christmas to everyone
A sneak peek at the next issue soon
A sneak peek at the next issue soon
Our 5y/o dancer joyfully dance for CW's 30 years
Our 5y/o dancer joyfully dance for CW's 30 years
CW girls strut their knowledge of local dances
CW girls strut their knowledge of local dances
More CW pride and dancing style
More CW pride and dancing style
Healthy nutritious food = healthy bodies again
Healthy nutritious food = healthy bodies again

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California Board of Directors (Ruth on the end)
California Board of Directors (Ruth on the end)
Where has the time gone? CW's 30 years...

Time really flies when you do what you love. It is hard to believe that Chicuchas Wasi (CW) just completed it's 30th year serving the children in need in Cusco, Peru. Our history is way too long for this news update (please see http://www.chicuchaswasi.org/our-history/  After 10 years providing emergency shelter for abandoned children, we realized that we could do more, and to improve the lives of these children, we needed to look at the cause of child abandonment and poverty. Poor GIRLS must be educated. CW reorganized in 1997 to provide primary school education for rural indigenous girls. They will have opportunities their mothers never dreamed of and be able to survive economically and provide for their children if needed. CW has come a long way and so have Ruth Uribe (school Administrator) and I over our 29 years working together. Our loyal and hardworking CA board members all bring talents that have made CW successful over the years. We are an amazing team - all of us together make up CW.

Above image: 2017 Board of Directors: Isabel Craft, Mary Salfi, Betty Woods, Rosa Lewis (CW family since 1987), Rae Lewis (Founder) and Ruth Uribe (co-founder of CW school)

Below images: Pictured first is the Cusco lead team with Gloria (CW staff since 1996-Assistant Director), Rae (CW Founder) and Ruth (School Director). Ruth and I began our work together in 1988 when she was a teacher at a local primary school in Cusco and volunteered with CW on weekends. Ruth quit her teaching position soon after and quickly became a guiding force for the future of CW. Gloria joined our staff in 1990 at 18 years of age while earning her teaching credential. Many children came through our doors as residents and even more participated in our vocational training program so the children could create art to sell for survival. During that time we observed that some of the children were serious about their dreams of a healthy financially independent future. Our three shining stars of that period are pictured below: Hipolito and Efrain with me, and Rosa at her hospital nursing job. With the love and support of CW and CW financial help with higher education they all have achieved their dream. Below they are pictured with their families. Rosa's holds her adorable 10 day old baby. All three are finding success on their own adult journey. Many of the other children that came through our doors over those 10 years are today restaurant owners, taxi drivers and working responsible family members today.  

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In 1997 the CW School for Girls opened its arms to welcome girls unable to attend school due to poverty and also the commonly held belief that it was unnecessary to educate a girl. Our first class had 13 girls. We began small with 1 classroom, then 2 and then 4 until we could not grow more in the small rented space we had. We were visited around 2010 by a group of European donors who appreciated Ruth's small academic school. They spoke at length with Ruth and soon we realized a dream come true, when in 2013 we opened our newly constructed CW Primary School for Girls, with their generous donation and filled every grade level.

Ruth created the curriculum and trained the teachers to the CW standard that included values, quality academics, the arts and most of all LOVE.  Our new teachers quickly fell in love with the CW style of education and the energy of love and cooperation that fill the air at CW. The next image here is of our teachers dressed in costume to perform for our 115 students with song and a playful interactive dance chain with the girls for the 'International Day of the Teacher'. The CW teaching staff provide intense learning opportunities, but include fun engaging experiences like this one for all to enjoy. 

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                                     *PLEASE DONATE*

               GIVING TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 (MATCHING)

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We have a NEW SPECIAL PROGRAM
 created by our Psychologist, Alejandro, who is working with all of the 115 CW girls individually as needed, in groups and with their parents to call attention to domestic abuse and dysfunction in their homes that have come to our attention. We have seen much improvement since it began last September thanks to YOU, our donors. This program was originally created for our 37 graduates who now attend high school but have found life outside of CW extremely difficult and impossible for some to stay in high school without CW. They requested support and CW delivered. Our Psychologist, Alejandro, has created CW group sessions at his home for the high school girls-who remain part of the CW family.

In the final image a classroom of our girls wave to you their GRATITUDE for their education.

                                                  THANK YOU
 

Cusco Lead team Gloria-assist Dir. me & Ruth-Admin
Cusco Lead team Gloria-assist Dir. me & Ruth-Admin
Early 1988 CW members Hipolito and Efrain with Rae
Early 1988 CW members Hipolito and Efrain with Rae
Responsible working men today & their families
Responsible working men today & their families
Since 1987 w/CW and CA Board member-RN-mother.
Since 1987 w/CW and CA Board member-RN-mother.
Rosa with her newborn baby boy
Rosa with her newborn baby boy
CW School staff-performing for 115 girls-funFORall
CW School staff-performing for 115 girls-funFORall
Girls wave you a BIG THANK YOU
Girls wave you a BIG THANK YOU

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Psychologist meets with Alumnae girls
Psychologist meets with Alumnae girls

  CW Graduates receive the help they need

Our CW graduates asked for help and CW is delivering!

The Chicuchas Wasi (CW) School's 37 alumnae are serious about their education at the public high school they now attend, but their home life has only gotten worse as they have gotten older. In the last CW Update I had to relay the tragic death of one of our CW alumnae girls who, without a mother to love and support her, felt she could not continue and ended her life at 15years of age. The two month long teacher strike in Peru's public schools left our girls without classes and heavy pressure from families, or in Xiomara's case her guardian, to go to work and forget school.

The shock of this terrible loss has deeply shaken the CW staff, administration, current students and alumnae as well as all of CW here in California. The strike is over now and the girls are back in school, with the additional pressure by the Peruvian Ministry of Education that all students must make up the lost school time adding weekend classes. Our teenage CW high school girls all work in addition to attending school and keeping up with their classes, so their lives are overwhelming. 

The CW psychologist began immediate emergency intervention and continues with regular meetings during this time of crisis as more of the girls have revealed they have also thought about ending their lives. Xiomara brought to our attention the deeper issues facing our teenagers and that CW must create a formal in depth program to identify how we can help them. Meetings with their beloved and trusted CW director Ruth has allowed the girls to voice the fears and pressures that they can't handle alone anymore. They said they feel alone, missing the loving support and affection from their CW teachers especially now when they need it most as teens, they have no one to guide them or listen to their adolescent problems. They asked for help and CW listened and responded.

"We need a Psychologist's help, and to know that we are still part of CW emotionally. When we were students here in CW school we knew we could trust you, that you listened to us and protected us and you gave us the strength we needed - now we feel alone." - Alumnae girls


A formal "Program Xiomara" has been created to support our girls in high school. 

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 Program Xiomara

Objective: Support each alumni with the necessary tools to thrive in their emotional, academic, economic and family realities. 

Scope: We expect to reach all 37 alumnae girls from the 4 CW school graduations and begin monitoring those who will graduate this year. 

History: Why this Program?

In 2013, CW graduated our first 6th grade class of 9 girls to public high school. Committed to a brighter future for our girls, CW sought ways to guarantee that they could complete high school. The socioeconomic situation was that 70% of these girls came from single mother homes, 20% had absentee fathers, and 10% were in problem homes like Xiomara. In Xiomara’s case, her mother, a mentally ill woman, lived on the streets of Abancay. She gave her daughter to a woman who mistreated her, who in turn tired of the girl and gave her to another woman who then moved to Cusco. This woman knew that CW school provided free education and brought her to us. In all the years that Xiomara was with us we have fought this lady to give Xiomara a dignified treatment, but she considered Xiomara a free domestic servant. Xiomara did not have the birth certificate needed to go to school, which CW obtained by traveling to Abancay. Xiomara became the CW valedictorian in 2013.

To guarantee the continuing education of our girls, we approach the best private high schools in Cusco to obtain scholarships for them. Raimandi, a prestigious private school in Cusco offered Xiomara a scholarship if she got the highest score on the entry test. Xiomara was awarded this scholarship. With great excitement after graduation we went to tell her guardian of Xiomara’s achievement. The guardian responded she had already done so much for Xiomara, it was now Xiomara’s turn to pay her back by taking care of the lady’s daughter. She would study in the public school next to her house! Since then she forbid Xiomara any contact with CW, or to attend the CW alumnae meetings, we only happened to meet up with Xiomara on the street.

Since 2013 our funds were limited to the CW school students. However, thanks to special friends who informally donated the financial support for high school enrollment costs every February and March, our students could obtain either uniforms and/or school supplies. Since our last graduation a kind woman who took over the studies of one of our girls about to miss the school year. Thanks to her support the student is still studying.

Budget for the project.

To identify clearly how CW could best help we talked directly with the girls and asked them what their most urgent needs were. Their response was an overwhelming need in these areas:

• Emotional, and Psychological Support
• Tutorial and academic support
• Economical support.

          Your donation is needed and much appreciated

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 Creating a Budget for this new program

 The results of planning with the CW Psychologist
*A social worker who would be in permanent contact and see closely the reality and needs of the girls was urgent.

 *Begin with Psychological support in group as well as individual therapies.

In the first therapy session it was revealed that our girls must learn fast and practical trades, such as cake baking, making chocolate, etc. in order to support their mothers in some way. The psychologist also found out that more than one girl had thought of committing suicide.

Budget costs:

Salary of a social worker         per month                  1,000.00 soles

Cost of Psychologist               Group therapy                80.00 soles

                                                   Individual therapy         25.00 soles

Workshops material                 per workshop              200.00 soles

Note: The CW Psychologist is providing support with symbolic fees. He already works with the school and feels very identified with this project.

* Social worker from September to March                   8,000.00

* Projected two group workshops per month (August-March) 1,600.00

* Three sessions per girl we expect (average)             2,700.00

* In March, school fees and school supplies average 5,000.00

* Also important to support with provisions to some families 3,000.00

* Training workshops in baking, etc. Once a month    1,600.00

Total                                                                    21,900.00 soles

                $ 6,843.38  Dollars (August 2017 to March 2018)
             Your donation is needed and much appreciated

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Students meeting with psychologist
Students meeting with psychologist
Psychologist meets with girls in his home
Psychologist meets with girls in his home
Girls meet in psychologist's home
Girls meet in psychologist's home
From our 115 CW students & 37 Alumnae girls
From our 115 CW students & 37 Alumnae girls

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Chicuchas Wasi

Location: Sonoma, California - USA
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