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
All ready to perform for CW 28th Anniversary
All ready to perform for CW 28th Anniversary

Chicuchas Wasi is celebrating 28 years of success serving the children of Cusco. 

                  FIESTA! The entire school is ready for our big celebration! 

 Time flies when you love what you do! Chicuchas Wasi school students, teachers and staff are all passionate and proud about the incredible impact we have been able to make in the community we serve.

The CW success for over 28 years, last 18 years as a school for the 110 girls and families we serve, is visible through their achievements. Our girls who have gone on to high school have been noticed and many have been awarded the highest achievers at the new high school. The same schools who believed our girls did not have the smarts for high school. Just watch them soar - now that they are given the opportunity.

The Anniversary Celebration was created by our fabulous teachers. Each teacher prepared a presentation with her grade class, the dances, poems, songs and skits they presented were outstanding. 

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"Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change."                                                                                           Investing in education for girls delivers results      

                            *PLEASE DONATE TODAY*      THANK YOU 

CW founder, Rae Lewis was visiting and so other celebrations were included. Rae's birthday was celebrated with a beautiful three tiered cake created by Aydee, our 4th grade teacher. Sorry no room for photo.

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The CW 6th grade Promotion to high school celebration is very near and the class chose Rae to be their Madrina for their class. The Madrina is the class sponsor. See photo below

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Meditation is being taught in many US schools today to help students reduce their stress level more effectively and manage their emotions - in only 5 minutes. Our girls have plenty of both and Rae took the opportunity to teach all students, staff, family and friends to meditate while visiting the school. The entire group found it helpful and calming in stressful moments. The teachers plan to add meditation to their class time each week.

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* Below are a few images of class time. Rita's 5 year old kindergarten class demonstrated the nutritious Quinoa and many ways to prepare it. See photo below

* In Karen's 1st grade class a student tells the class about her geography project. Sorry no photo room

* Ruth and Rae sharing some new books on diversity and english for the library See photo below

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Every newsletter keeps up to date on how we manage your donations. The annual report will be emailed by November 1 to complete the year 2015. Please email me for a copy: chicuchas-wasi@sonic.net

                  THANK YOU for improving the lives of so many girls.

Our major annual campaign for the 2016 school year budget begins in November through year-end tax season. 


                             PLEASE REMEMBER OUR GIRLS
                                   Donate during this time.


                    Please Accept Our Heartfelt THANK YOU 

Rae, Ruth and 110 students and their teachers send YOU much love. We have no words to express how grateful we are for all YOU do for our girls. Their success is your success too. -- Love Rae & Ruth

 

One class proudly dances a village dance
One class proudly dances a village dance
Dancer really into her dance
Dancer really into her dance
Second grade student poem - love of her school
Second grade student poem - love of her school
Graduating students honor their Madrina (sponsor)
Graduating students honor their Madrina (sponsor)
Nutrition 5y/o students teach ways to cook Quinoa
Nutrition 5y/o students teach ways to cook Quinoa
Farewell dances &hugs for founder Rae & Ruth Admin
Farewell dances &hugs for founder Rae & Ruth Admin
Ruth&Rae share new diverse bilingual Eng/sp books
Ruth&Rae share new diverse bilingual Eng/sp books

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Admin Ruth with students ready to dance for Cusco
Admin Ruth with students ready to dance for Cusco
Learn how we celebrate Peru's 194 years of Independence
Every year on July 28th all schools celebrate Peru's Independence from Spain in a way that brings the community together.

This year our school invited the parents to be involved in the school celebration where mothers cooked and danced with their daughters. The school assigned each classroom to represent a rural region and come up with a typical food and dance costume of that region. The students and their mothers were excited to put together this event, it gave the families an opportunity to be included in something fun and feel part of their daughters school.  
Mothers enjoyed preparing regional dances and food that represented each region. Mothers took pride in cooking for the event, something they know how to do well. Below you see mothers and their daughters sharing a dance. 

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                     Education is a game-changer and really matters!

                      Investing in education for girls delivers results.       

                                             THANK YOU 

                        for donating to last month's Match day!!

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Below our girls are dancing a coastal dance called Peru Negro wearing the typical costumes of these dances as parents look on. CW school tries to represent many indigenous regions on this day with dance, their typical food and costume to honor the indigenous communities. The mother compete cooking food dishes they sell plates to visitors. After expenses the profits are used to purchase something the for the school that is needed.

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                           THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU
                                             We need you
                                        We appreciate you
                                                  and
                        Without you, there would be no school!

                  RARE OPPORTUNIY FOR OUR SUPPORTERS

**Why not travel with us and Explore the Inca Empire, MachuPicchu, Cusco and the Sacred Valley?**

Date May 1-8 with one of our very own benefactors of CW, Efrain Valles, who won the GOLD as world's BEST tour guide in London 2014. He is a CW board member with 28 years as part of CW. Join us won't you! See details on the www.chicuchaswasi.org/travel website.

 

Mothers and Daughters dance their pride for Peru
Mothers and Daughters dance their pride for Peru
Class mothers prepare food from other regions
Class mothers prepare food from other regions
CWGirls represent coastal Peru Negro dance
CWGirls represent coastal Peru Negro dance
Honoring Peru Independence from Spain every July
Honoring Peru Independence from Spain every July
*Rare* Travel with us to support CW school
*Rare* Travel with us to support CW school

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First day of school 2015 and all smiles from girls
First day of school 2015 and all smiles from girls

Just a quick reminder for you :-)

The gift of an education is more than our girls ever dreamed they could have. YOU give them this AND their education will educate so many more.

       Did you know that 66 MILLION girls are not in school globally?

CW girls are lucky thanks to people like you, who do care and step forward to make a difference.                     

                                        THANK YOU!!

It is early morning and our girls above are waiting for the Chicuchas Wasi school van to take them to school. This safe transportation and the programs listed in our last email are what make Chicuchas Wasi School unique. We go beyond the basics and teach our girls to reach beyond the stars for their dreams and not let go.

             THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO FOR OUR 110 GIRLS

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                              MATCH DAY ALERT!
                           THIS Wednesday, July 15
                                  6:01 AM Sharp
                            (Pacific Coast Time)
 
50% MATCH up to $1000 per donor - $115,000 available

Click here to donate on our GlobalGiving link:
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            PLEASE DONATE for this RARE MATCH.. EARLY
                             Funds will go Fast!

                                  Thank You

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Chicuchas Wasi is a family of caring people: YOU, the CW teachers, the CW Cusco administration and the California support team - all together make CW school possible!

              Without you, there would be no school.

PLEASE remember to DONATE this Wednesday for thea 50% MATCH

Sleepy girls wait for the school van for school
Sleepy girls wait for the school van for school
THANK YOU - We will make you proud, We Promise!
THANK YOU - We will make you proud, We Promise!

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Greeting to our Chicuchas Wasi Friends

       YOU give new life, opportunity and a bright future to these girls

YOU have made such a huge difference in the lives of the girls we serve at the Chicuchas Wasi School and to show our appreciation we try to keep you as current as possible on our website, Facebook and these emails where we include you in all of the latest news and achievements. Your loyal support is heartwarming and we want you to know what you allow us to accomplish with your donations. You probably wonder exactly how we use your donations to educate girls at Chicuchas Wasi School. We never lose sight of our focus to educate and empower our girls to be prepared to be the change makers for their society and their families. For equality for girls is the future. Our school offers the best academic classes and we use many interactive and creative ways to engage our girls and spark their interest, all free to the students at the CW school. Girls selected to attend CW are unable to attend public school due to poverty, gender bias, and distance from a public school. I might add that their mother language is not Spanish (the language that is used in public schools) but the Quechua language, the language of their families and communities, that limits them in a system that does not value this language. Without the Spanish language it is impossible to survive in public school.

                                    THANKS to YOU
Our girls are able to go to school and their futures will reflect their education.

In addition to quality academics, we include in our curricula:
- Spanish, Quechua and English languages
- We stress values for a quality life of respect and dignity
- We encourage expression and curiosity to develop self-confidence and self-esteem
- We use art to teach students to think outside the box and learn the value of working together to reach their goal (ex. making costumes to act out Inca history - in photo)
- We provide a hot nutritious daily meal to girls who often lack basic nutrition at home due to poverty
- We provide safe transportation to and from school for all 110 girls ages 4 to 12 and our attendance is excellent at 99%.
- We promote the value of girl’s education to their families, communities and the society by participating in cultural events, parades and marches
- We include parents and the community in the development of CW school and welcome their support and hands-on special projects by parents
- We encourage artistic talent with poetry, music, dance and theater to tell a story, demonstrate a value or make a statement to student body and parents
- Most important is the constant flow of love and support that permeates the entire student body and staff and creates peace and safety for all
- We show them the incredible Quechua culture that runs through their veins and to be proud of what their ancestors have given society
- We train our well prepared teachers beyond academics, to support our incredible girls, often the first in their family to be educated
- The CW team is passionate about educating girls and this energy is contagious to all who visit us
- We teach students/parents the importance of good nutrition for healthy bodies and minds and are raising Guinea pigs to supply protein for school meals with the help of the parents
- We encourage student classes to pick up litter as an example for their community on how to protect the earth

The programs above are what make Chicuchas Wasi School unique. We go beyond the basics and teach our girls to reach beyond the stars for their dreams and not let go.

I am sure there is more to add to the above that I will recall as soon as this is mailed to you. Please send any questions to me and I will do my best to answer them: chicuchas_wasi@sonic.net.

                   For all of the school programs above and more
                    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU
        from our 110 girls whose lives you have changed already.

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                           MATCH DAY ALERT!
                Wednesday, July 15 AT 6:01 AM Sharp
                            (Pacific Coast Time)

    50% MATCH up to $1000 per donor - $115,000 available

           Click here to donate on our GlobalGiving link:
                 Chicuchas Wasi on GlobalGiving

    PLEASE DONATE for this RARE MATCH EARLY
                  Funds will go Fast!

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       YOU are the solid bricks of the CW school!
        without you, there would be no school.

                        THANK YOU

Inca 'Inti Raymi' history enactment by students
Inca 'Inti Raymi' history enactment by students
Daily nutritious hot meal for 110 students
Daily nutritious hot meal for 110 students
Rare opportunity to add 50% to your donation!
Rare opportunity to add 50% to your donation!
You lift them out of poverty with your donations
You lift them out of poverty with your donations

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Land of the Incas - Machu Picchu
Land of the Incas - Machu Picchu

Greetings to YOU, our loyal champions for Girl's Education,

In response to your requests, we invite you to journey with us to visit the Chicuchas Wasi School and meet the girls whose lives will be better because of the gift of education you give them with your donations. You will also explore the wonders of incredible Cusco, The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu guided by our own CW Board member Efrain Valles who is a seasoned member of the CW family since he was 8 years old. This is a special THANK YOU opportunity created just for you. You will have the opportunity to meet the Chicuchas Wasi girls face to face and get to know them. Please see http://www.chicuchaswasi.org/ for more about the tour and school.

Efrain Valles you may recall from earlier reports, joined CW in 1989 when CW had a shelter for abandoned children. He is a professional Tour Guide and family man with 3 children today. Efrain is passionate about CW school and education for his daughter and the CW girls. He grew up in CW and understands more than most the hurdles these girls must overcome and they know and love his big heart. He is an amazing man and works hard for our girls.

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Dear Friends, please accept our heartfelt THANK YOU for caring about education for these girls. YOU have always been been there for our girls when they needed your support - You are the CW School and without you there would be no school. Please know your impact..it is POWERFULL!    And we need your donations again.

                       50% MATCH DAY JULY 15  6:01AM PST
                      This is the Match we have been waiting for! 

Donations up to $1000 will be matched by 50% on July 15 at 6:01 AM PST.

      We still have a shortfall of $50,000. to raise for the 2015 school year.

                            YOUR donation really matters !

                           Give the Gift of education to girls

“When we liberate girls with an education, they liberate those around them."

                             Please mark your calendar!

Please look for the reminder email in early July with the link to the Chicuchas Wasi - GG Donation page. Both USA and UK donors can participate this time.            Stay tuned for this one please

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Our teachers understand this well and you will note that LOVE flows through our school and fills us all.

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." -Leo Buscaglia

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                                         THANK YOU

CW Efrain surrounded by loving students.
CW Efrain surrounded by loving students.
Match Day July 15
Match Day July 15
The power of LOVE - Kindergarten teacher Rita
The power of LOVE - Kindergarten teacher Rita
Shared affection and love is a powerful healer
Shared affection and love is a powerful healer
THANK YOU
THANK YOU

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Chicuchas Wasi

Location: Sonoma, California - USA
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