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

               Our promising CW graduates are struggling emotionally !

 Chicuchas Wasi (CW) School has had many successes during our 20 years dedicated to the education of poor indigenous girls who are finally able to go to school. But the socioeconomic level in which they live has not changed and is not something CW school can change. During the last 2 months the Peruvian public schools (not CW) have been on strike and left our high school girls in limbo. Their families pushed them harder to work and as the strike continued the risk that they would not return to school grew. The strike finally ended last Thursday, but now there is additional pressure on the high school girls by the Peruvian Ministry of Education to make up the lost school time during the strike adding more stress and a greater level of desperation that the girls must struggle with. They desperately want to stay in school, but the family wants them to work. Alone, emotional, depressed and confused they suffered quietly.  Xiomara, a CW 2013 graduate and exceptional high school student, died suddenly last week. Her friends rushed to their beloved CW to tell Director Ruth how she struggled at home with her 'auntie' (Tia) and that they came to see Ruth for comfort and support.

At a recent CW Alumni Sisterhood meeting, OUR (now 12 to 15 year old girls) graduates in public high school spoke about the difficult reality they face every day at home. Like our 112 younger girls at the CW Primary School for Girls, the high school girls confront a list of serious challenges: absolute poverty, malnutrition due to inadequate nutrition at home, poor health, family dysfunction, alcoholism and abuse, neglect and abandonment to name a few. Those with loving & supportive parents represent approximately 30-40% of all parents. Some of our girls abandoned by both parents, end up with a 'Tia' (a non-relative and unloving caretaker) that uses and abuses them. The CW staff tries and generally is successful in keeping them in school and letting them know they are loved and being empowered for their future. In addition to academic education, CW is about LOVE and nurturing these young girls. We provide a nutritious daily meal and our girl's health is improved. Healing their hearts is ongoing and our staff is dedicated to filling our girls with the love that is often absent at home. We are blessed with success and strong confident girls when they move onto high school, but they now struggle away from the loving arms of CW and are asking CW for the emotional help all young girls need. The CW Alumnae Sisterhood has been ongoing and in constant contact with the older girls to mentor and assist them with money to buy their high school supplies and uniforms when needed.

Friday, OUR CW Alumnae girls reached out to us, saying their challenges have become too difficult for them alone and asked for help.

Ruth says: The girls tell us they have no one. She reports that when listening to their stories and troubles, she asked them what is it that they need most and is most urgent. They answered: "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".  Ruth added that one girl told her: "I have a mama with alcohol problems. She becomes very sad when I tell her something because she doesn't understand me and is not able to advise me, so I have to make all the decisions alone. She is very timid and afraid so I have to protect her, but I need help from someone I can tell my problems to who will advise me and help me to see what I cannot see".

After an emotional few days confronting their reality and listening to the stories of the Alumnae girls we understand they cannot manage alone and CW must remain their safety net. We must create a formal program for our still very young girls who have gone on to high school, to help them continue their education and prepare them for a bright and sunny future. 

This program will be named 'Xiomara" in honor of a very special young girl.

1- Ongoing psychological guidance with the school psychologist

2- Emotional support and affection from CW teachers and admin staff. 

3- Contract a social worker to identify the socioeconomic needs of these girls.

4- Financial help in March for 50% of the girls to pay for the high school registration fees, uniforms and supplies

5- The high school girls want to be big sisters and will give talks to the 5 & 6th grade girls about what they are living through and how they must defend themselves - preparing them for what they will experience when they leave CW school.

6- Formal committed monthly meetings in addition to personal or group meetings and conversations with CW when needed. 

                  Your donation is needed and much appreciated

                                   PLEASE DONATE

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“Girls are one of the most powerful forces for change in the world: When their rights are recognized, their needs are met, and their voices are heard, they drive positive change in their families, their communities, and the world.” – Kathy Calvin, United Nations Foundation President & CEO

                                      THANK YOU

CW Sisterhood
CW Sisterhood
6th grade girls to graduate
6th grade girls to graduate
Ruth treats Alumnae girls BBQ chicken in her home
Ruth treats Alumnae girls BBQ chicken in her home
Lunch time for all at CW
Lunch time for all at CW

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Ruth & Gloria with first class
Ruth & Gloria with first class

GG 50% MATCH Day this Wednesday July 12, 2017...SEE BELOW  

CW School for Forgotten Rural Girls began with 13 little girls 20 years ago. CW celebrates 30 YEARS in 2017.

But first, in 1987 Chicuchas Wasi opened an emergency shelter for abandoned children and that project lasted 10 years. We learned from the abandoned children living on the streets of Cusco that all of them had uneducated and unprepared mothers unable to provide for their children when abandoned by their male provider.  you see here to convince mothers the value of educating girls and preparing them for a better future and economic survival. Here Ruth and Gloria are with the first kindergarten class that opened the door.

Last week the California CW Board celebrated with local friends and supporters our 30 years of success. Later at the school in Cusco, Peru the school will celebrate the official 30 year celebration of our growth and achievements with CW School Administrator, Ruth Uribe, is the driving force moving the school forward with Gloria Vera at her side.

      Below see the line up of the CW School Teachers and staff with Ruth.

OUR GRADUATES: We have had 4 empowered graduating classes move on to high school. Only two girls have been forced to quit high school. Almost all girls who have graduated are members of the CW Alumnae Sisterhood who meet monthly with Ruth to share their stories, problems and successes and to mentor and encourage CW girls who will graduate to public high school but are afraid they won't be accepted.

      Thank you all for your financial support to educate our 115 girls

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                            PLEASE DONATE ON MATCH DAY

                              ***BONUS MATCH DAY ALERT***       

                            50% MATCH of Donations up to $1000

            Funds go VERY fast so please donate when it starts.

                       **WEDNESDAY July 12 at 6:01 AM PT**  

                                              CLICK HERE:

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      WHY YOUR DONATIONS MATTER - How do we use your donations? 

Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls Project; Programs and Activities on the CW website here:         

                    http://www.chicuchaswasi.org/school-programs/

 

Our Incredible hard working TEACHERS
Our Incredible hard working TEACHERS
our student body today
our student body today

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CW first kinder class in 1998 with 13 girls
CW first kinder class in 1998 with 13 girls

CW celebrates 30 years of excellence PLUS a GG 50% MATCH Day on Wednesday July 12, 2017...  

CW School for Forgotten Rural Girls began with 13 little girls 20 years ago.

But first, in 1987 Chicuchas Wasi opened an emergency shelter for abandoned children and that project lasted 10 years. We learned from the abandoned children living on the streets of Cusco that all of them had uneducated and unprepared mothers unable to provide for their children when abandoned by their male provider.  you see here to convince mothers the value of educating girls and preparing them for a better future and economic survival. Here Ruth and Gloria are with the first kindergarten class that opened the door.

Last week the California CW Board celebrated with local friends and supporters our 30 years of success. Later at the school in Cusco, Peru the school will celebrate the official 30 year celebration of our growth and achievements with CW School Administrator, Ruth Uribe, is the driving force moving the school forward with Gloria Vera at her side.

Below see the supportive California Board of Directors today and the line up of the CW School Teachers and staff with Ruth.

We have had 4 empowered graduating classes move on to high school. Only two girls have been forced to quit high school. Almost all girls who have graduated are members of the CW Alumnae Sisterhood who meet monthly with Ruth to share their stories, problems and successes and to mentor and encourage CW girls who will graduate to public high school but are afraid they won't be accepted.

                                               *********************

                              *  **BONUS MATCH DAY ALERT***       

                            50% MATCH of Donations up to $1000

            Funds go VERY fast so please donate when it starts.

                       **WEDNESDAY July 12 at 6:01 AM PT**  

                                              CLICK HERE:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-115-poor-girls-in-cusco-for-economic-survival

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      WHY YOUR DONATIONS MATTER - How do we use your donations? 

Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls Project; Programs and Activities          

                    http://www.chicuchaswasi.org/school-programs/

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 CW curriculum provides the following classes and programs: 

* Nutritious daily hot meal program is provided and is essential for every student to enable concentration and focus on studies and to maintain healthy bodies and minds. For many this is often their only daily meal

* Health supplements with daily iron, vitamins, basic meds for cold, fever, stomach aches and tooth pain; X-rays if needed

* Quality primary Academic education including: Hygiene, Art, Quechua, Spanish and expanded English language classes

* Interactive teaching style utilizing theatrical presentations to teach Inca history such as Inti Raymi, where students recycle materials for their costumes and research history to create the script to play the historical roles

* School uniforms, textbooks, school supplies

* Dental care and Oral Hygiene instruction for all 115 students

* Safe transportation in the CW school bus to deliver girls to and from school. Attendance is 98% due to the free transportation for our families unable to pay public bus fares. It is unsafe for vulnerable young girls to ride the public bus alone or to walk

* Students stand out in their bright red uniforms at community events, parades, cultural celebrations, and demonstrations celebrating Girls Education and Girls Human Rights

* CW girls march in the streets of Cusco each year to protest Violence against Women and Girls and to educate the community on the value of women

* CW Psychologist led parents workshops educate about responsible parenting and teach mothers how to better protect their daughters using role-play, and improved communication during domestic conflict to deter domestic violence.

* CW Psychologist led teachers and staff workshops about girl's/women's rights and instruction on managing student behavior and CW protocol when suspecting child abuse.

* CW students have one-on-one meetings as well as group classes with the Psychologist to address and receive guidance on serious problems at home.

*The CW Monthly mother’s group discusses and encourages women's rights, how to vote, finding their own voice, job training resources, using better communication to achieve better outcomes and cooperating in groups to identify and solve their problems together.

* CW administration and teachers receive ongoing interactive and innovative training in CW methods of teaching (role play, etc.) Teachers meet weekly with Administration to keep updates and concerns well managed.

CW school receives girls at 4 years of age and they continue for 8 years under the guidance of CW’s unique academic curriculum that will prepare and educate them for a better future. The CW primary school year 2017 has enrolled 115 students. The intentional ripple effect of CW school for girls is the increased awareness of the value of the female in the family, community and its reach to the siblings of our students. We reinforce the value of girl’s education in the mother’s program to assure their enrollment in the future. CW school makes a public presence of our school for girls. We reach many girls still not allowed to go to school, opening the conversation with them and their mothers about education for their daughters.

       CW girls and staff are grateful for your continued donations.

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                          PLEASE DONATE ON MATCH DAY

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

“There are more than 500 million adolescent girls living in the developing world today. Every one of them can potentially help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, with ripple effects multiplying across her society.” – Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

                                          THANK YOU

CW Calif. 30yr anniversary garden celebration
CW Calif. 30yr anniversary garden celebration
CW Calif.
CW Calif.
CW teachers and staff
CW teachers and staff
CW Alumnae Sisterhood monthly meeting
CW Alumnae Sisterhood monthly meeting
CW 115 students say THANK YOU in 2017
CW 115 students say THANK YOU in 2017

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THANK YOU from us ALL!
THANK YOU from us ALL!

Chicuchas Wasi Invites YOU...

                           CW IS CELEBRATING 30 YEARS!

Where has the time gone? We have loved and found so much joy in our work with the children of Cusco, that 30 years have just flown by and we are planning for the next 30 years.

The important message here is that without YOUR loyal support and your visits to the school we would not be celebrating anything this year. This would not be a celebration if we could not share our success, happiness and the love that fills us all here in California and the Cusco staff and GIRLS of our Chicuchas WASI SCHOOL for GIRLS - WITH YOU :-)  

PLEASE JOIN US in the garden if you live close enough to NorthernCalifornia and able to attend. No matter if you are far or near enough to join us in the flesh, you will be with us in our hearts.

                PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND TRY TO JOIN US

                             PLEASE RSVP so we can plan better 

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The ability to read, write, and analyze; the confidence to stand up and demand justice and equality; the qualifications and connections to get your foot in that door and take your seat at that table — all of that starts with education.”                                                                                   - Michelle Obama

        THANK YOU for making Chicuchas Wasi School a SUCCESS!

PLEASE JOIN US
PLEASE JOIN US
CELEBRATE 30 YEARS with us
CELEBRATE 30 YEARS with us
CW Kindergarten girls have personality
CW Kindergarten girls have personality

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Older girls together for expanded English class
Older girls together for expanded English class

English will provide future jobs for our girls...  

                Bilingual young women will always find work in Cusco!

 Cusco is the historic home of the well known Inca Empire, Machu Picchu and popular tourist attractions worldwide today. Young people who can speak English will always find work in many areas of Cusco's tourist industry. Frequently travelers come to visit our school and in 2014 a tourist named Pamela came to learn about our Chicuchas Wasi (CW) School for rural Girls. She was so taken by our school girls, their passion to learn and the charm of our 112 girls that she suggested and sponsored our first English class that continues today.

Pamela's keen eye took in the broad focus of CW's many programs and the unique educational style of the school. We teach values like Honesty, Generosity, Respect etc., a value posted over each classroom door, and take pride in the teacher/student relationships and bonding, the open affection of our students, and their enthusiasm for their education. She saw the value of adding English to prepare them for more future job options and acted. THANK YOU Pamela.

                                              ***ALERT***       

Chicuchas Wasi is about to CELEBRATE 30 YEARS serving the children of Cusco, Peru.  

      WE INVITE YOU to join us on JUNE 25th and celebrate with us.

Please KEEP AN EYE OUT for the next email CW UPDATE with the details soon.

                                           *******************                                          

Our first classes were small (shown above), but in time we discovered better results with larger and more interactive classes and found a more experienced English teacher with Ivan as well. He has been with us for 3 years now. We expanded in 2017 adding 2 intense 2 hour classes every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, extending the school day until 5pm on those days. The top image shows the class today, combining 3 grades at a time with good results. 

We teach age-related English in the following: grades 1, 2 and 3 learn vocabulary, animals word repetition for speaking and visual word recognition and singing songs. Grades 4, 5 & 6 learn to converse with sentences, courtesy interaction words, pronunciation and comprehension of the exchange. Our students will graduate to high school already able to converse in English.

Our Alumnae girls tell CW staff and students at CW school to take advantage of this English program, because in public high school they will not have this opportunity.

                                         *******************

“There are more than 500 million adolescent girls living in the developing world today. Every one of them can potentially help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, with ripple effects multiplying across her society.”               – Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

                         PLEASE DONATE to EDUCATE GIRLS

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

                                           THANK YOU

First English classes in 2014
First English classes in 2014
English Teacher Ivan at the blackboard
English Teacher Ivan at the blackboard
CW student body,teachers & Calif board member Rosa
CW student body,teachers & Calif board member Rosa

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Chicuchas Wasi

Location: Sonoma, California - USA
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