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
Back to School for CW Girls - Happily
Back to School for CW Girls - Happily
Do CW girls LOVE school?   YES!!
                                                  By Rosa and Rae Lewis, Board members

                                      What do these faces tell you?

Just one look at CW girls says it all!

These 11 year old girls are full of joy and pride to be able to attend a school created for them, that provides more than just a curriculum. To many of our girls, CW is a second home where they feel safe and loved.

It was 4 weeks ago that our students arrived to start the new school year, wearing their freshly washed uniforms, all smiles and excitement to be returning. It is a bittersweet feeling for some, because they know they are getting closer to graduating and leaving their beloved CW school where they have established a special connection with their teachers and classmates. 

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                                       They have this opportunity.

The girls shout out a big thank you for their book bags filled with this years workbooks, pens and pencils for their grade level.

Many of our girls come from parents who never had an opportunity to attend school and therefore they barely read or write. Our girls are grateful and lucky to have a school that provides books and their school supplies. CW school cultivates the love of reading and in those book bags each girl found a special book called "The Dreamer."  We teach our girls to dream big and having a book of their own on that topic was the highlight of that day.

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The power and joy of a book
The power and joy of a book
The joy of learning to read
The joy of learning to read

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CW School Staff

Back Row, left to right: 
English Teacher - 2X week: Roger Ivan Pilares Condori
Art Teacher 2X week: Carmen Rocio Mendoza Flores
Teacher – 5th grade: Yuly Zuloaga Rojas
Teacher – 1st grade: Karen T. Meleni Mendoza Tecsi
Teacher – 4 year old kindergarden: Faviola Izquierdo
Teacher – 4th grade: Aydee Zuñiga Tunque 

Front Row, left to right: 
Secretary: Yone Yesenia Sucno Maza 
Teacher – 6th Grade: Mirian Silvia Flores Teran 
Teacher – 3rd Grade: Laura Peñalva Sumiri 
Teacher – 5 year old kindergarden: Rita Baca Silva 
Administrator/Director/Teacher: Ruth Milagros Uribe Barrios 
Teacher – 2nd Grade: Haide Lenes Fanola 
Assistant Director/Teacher: Gloria Socorro Vera Barrios 

We don't often write about our CW teachers, their hard work and how involved they are with their students and parents. CW is blessed with an extraordinary group of educators who are dedicated to helping these girls rise above their circumstances to reach their full potential.
This is the beginning of our school year and it seems an appropriate time to present our teachers to you and share some of their thoughts.

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"Every child deserves a champion - an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."        - Rita Pierson

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Who are our teachers and what do they think about Chicuchas Wasi?

Student and teacher interaction
Student and teacher interaction
"Thank You" in their native Quechua language
"Thank You" in their native Quechua language

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Learning the joy of reading at CW school
Learning the joy of reading at CW school

What difference does education really make?

I spent a couple of weeks in Cusco this past January. I mainly stayed in Urubamba where Chicuchas Wasi once lived. Every time I go by the old CW house, memories come alive and I remember when I lived in the early Chicuchas home. 

While I was in Peru visiting my brother and his kids and we drove to a village called Lares just outside of Urubamba. Lares is basically in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by tall mountains and cold dry air. On the two hour drive to this small town we would run into young boys and girls, probably ages 6-9 running toward the paved road for each passing car. At first I wasn't sure why they would run up to the cars, then my brother said they are hoping to get some food or gifts. At that moment I had wished I brought something for them; toys, food or candy. I ended up giving them the bag of chocolate I was taking for my nephews. 

The drive to Lares is beautiful, but finding these kids hungry, cold and so far away from a town was difficult to face. These kids, all alone during the day with no parent in sight, stand on the roadside asking for food instead of attending school. The altitude of Lares is more than 15,000 feet and usually cold and not good for agriculture. My brother said that these children speak Quechua only and their job is to look after cattle, sheep and llamas while one or both parents travel to another town for work. He said that usually once the children are teenagers they look for a job and abandon their homes in these small villages. 

Like Lares, many rural towns or villages outside of Cusco have children who have no access to public transportation, no access to a nearby school and the only solution is to find any unskilled work as early as possible. Children, in most cases the girls, are the ones who stay home looking after their younger siblings, doing chores and cooking for their family while their parents are at work. Unfortunately, girls are unprepared and with less advantage for education and have few survival skills. They have no voice or guidance and ultimately have no choice but to become a young parent unable to support their children. 

In the US you can get by without a college degree and if you are lucky maybe find a good paying job, that's because opportunities in this country are much better than in my home country. In Peru, if you don't have an education or some type of skill, daily living is a constant struggle. Parents have to struggle to put food on the table, pay for basic utilities and make decisions about whether to send their kids to school or have them work to earn money. Of course all parents in the world want their children to be better than them when they grow up, to have  better opportunities and a better life, but sometimes that's difficult or almost impossible when you are born into poverty, a country with limited opportunities and resources. 

Education should not be a privilege, instead it should be a priority for every child because with it many doors of opportunity open. Knowledge is power that cannot be taken from us. Children in poverty stricken countries can flourish if they had the opportunity to learn and they are hungry for that chance and a brighter future. 

For over 18 years, Chicuchas Wasi school has been providing free education for the indigenous girls in Cusco Peru. The school was created in 1997 with 13 little girls attending our preschool. A few years later it expanded with 48 girls and began to flourish. Today, with the continuous support and donations from people like you from around the world we were able to relocate into our own primary school with 110 girls. Thank you for your generous dedication to provide the education needed to bring these girls out of poverty and be the first ones in their family to attend high school and a greater chance to attend college. These little girls are so proud to attend Chicuchas Wasi school because they receive more than an education. CW provides free education, transportation, school supplies, books and even breakfast and lunch so these girls can focus solely in their studies. It provides a loving learning environment where most of these little girls can feel safe and welcomed and look forward to going back to school day after day. 

When we educate a girl we give her the tools for a better future and she will educate her children. This is true to me because even though I do not yet have children of my own, I am making sure that my four nieces and nephews in Peru will have a college education. This is the greatest gift that one can achieve. This is the gift that Chicuchas Wasi has given me and cannot be taken away. I am forever grateful!

THANK YOU, from one of the girls whose life YOU have changed. 
                                                     -Rosa Lewis, CW California Board member

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 Because of your donations our students are starting to read early.

And reading opens the doors to unlimited knowledge

 

    THANK YOU for all you give to our girls

 

We are the change-makers for tomorrow
We are the change-makers for tomorrow
We know hunger and education can end poverty
We know hunger and education can end poverty
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Our New Logo

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CW primary grade school- built 2013
CW primary grade school- built 2013

This is for YOU, because you understand our passion and cause.

You might not know that Chicuchas Wasi is based on Three Pillars:

                                   Love, Respect and Dignity

YOUR loyal support that has allowed us to offer so much to our girls. 

                THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THIS OPPORTUNITY

I doubt you are aware of the ingenious idea that Ruth had when the school construction was completed in 2012. Above every classroom door there is a plaque with a different Value written on it, each class must focus on their Value for that school year.

CW Values used are: Love, Respect, Dignity, Punctuality, Honesty, Solidarity, Loyalty, Compassion and others are added each year.

Each grade must focus on their class Value for the school year, creating examples that they will share with the rest of the student body. In addition, each class will have one month during the year where they demonstrate to the student body their particular class Value through role play, poems and stories, and sharing how to include this Value in their daily life.

Take ‘Respect’ for example. When you consistently treat others with respect, the result is they will begin to return that ‘Respect’ to you. CW school has the ability to influence 110 girls for 8 years. At the end of those 8 years our girls will have been fully exposed to the importance of Values and aware of how they have grown into a better human being, with a dignity that has become a part of who they are and how they act in the world.

At CW school we strive to empower girls to become future leaders and to instill in each girl a comfortable relationship with these Values, so that their example will naturally spread to others. Our girls will develop the awareness that they are quality individuals making a difference in their society and the world. Imagine what our girls will bring to the world.

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

The Cusco Summer vacation is coming to an end in 2 weeks and once again CW will open its doors for the students. On March 2, 2015 we will begin again by adding a new group of 4 year olds to our kindergarten class,15 new eager students to influence for a better life. More stories will come next month.

Meanwhile Ruth and our dedicated teachers are hard at work updating the curriculum to prepare for March 2. Here are a few photos of the amazing team we have at the school. Our students are fortunate to have such quality teachers. See photo of teachers wroking.

                               YOU MAKE THIS ALL POSSIBLE
                                              THANK YOU

I am happy to share a few images of the spirit of our students and the creative style of teaching used by our fabulous teachers. Our teachers create an environment of love, trust and security for our students in every class. Our students respond to this safe space, wide open and free to become sponges soaking up all the knowledge that is available to them.

                      Look at their attentive faces - they glow!

Creative classrooms
Creative classrooms
Making learning interesting with an outside class
Making learning interesting with an outside class
Monthly Birthday celebrations, so no one is missed
Monthly Birthday celebrations, so no one is missed
Our youngest are reading already
Our youngest are reading already
Honoring the culture
Honoring the culture
The teachers work to update curriculum for 2015
The teachers work to update curriculum for 2015

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What a great start  for 2015

A new year holds expectations for us all and CW is no different. School is on summer vacation in Peru and the best time to get a lot of work done. We have many projects that need completing and others we haven't discovered that we need yet.  See below what has happened already.

**We have updated our logo to better reflect that Chicuchas Wasi is a school for girls.                                                                                      Look at the logo globe in the header, what do you think of it?**

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I'll bet you didn't know that our new school since it opened in 2012, has had no electricity, other than a borrowed extension from a neighbor. People in the Andes manage easily with little, in fact many rural families outside of the city live by the light of the sun. Ruth has applied to bring electricity to the school since 2012 for the obvious benefit it would bring to our students: technology, Internet and connection to the rest of the world, educational video programs, etc. Good fortune shined on us recently and over the last weekend the entire electric crew came and installed the CW electricity for a cost we can manage. Ruth made a deal with them, she bought the poles, cement, rocks, electric cables and hooks, and paid the labor. The entire electric crew came and installed electricity down the road to just inside the school gate. Soon, the electricity will extend to the classrooms. Finally!  Today we have lights and plans for computers and an internet connection in the CW future. Please see photo below

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While the CW school is closed for the summer, Ruth is taking advantage to build an adobe animal pen and cages to better manage our guinea pigs and sheep that will supply more protein to our meal program next March. 

You may remember that our students were seriously anemic at the start of school in 2014, so we immediately changed to a high protein meal daily for all students and their mental and physical health improved. 

The spirit of the families and staff is amazing at our school. You will see parents, teachers and other staff all jump in to help an important project. Here, the wife of the security man, is helping build this pen for the sheep that run around freely eating the vegetable garden we just planted with delight.  We need the vegetables in the kitchen too.

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CW School is a happy safe place for our student with sounds of laughter and smiles all around. The CW team has created a loving environment for our girls to grow and explore freely, they are like little flowers that bloom fully in this love. 

Our December fundraiser was successful and thanks to YOU we are off to a positive start for the new year. School will begin again in March with some newly completed benefits for the students. 

We hope your 2015 is filled with peace, health, joy, and shared love for everyone.    It is possible.    Everything is possible.

Crane truck the electric co. sends to set posts
Crane truck the electric co. sends to set posts
Last of 7 posts to install inside our school gate
Last of 7 posts to install inside our school gate
Ruth pouring cement in hole to set the post
Ruth pouring cement in hole to set the post
Building adobe animal pen with eager CW helpers
Building adobe animal pen with eager CW helpers
Setting the adobe walls of the sheep pen
Setting the adobe walls of the sheep pen
Sheep eats everything in vegetable garden now :-(
Sheep eats everything in vegetable garden now :-(
Guinea pigs are Andean high protein source for CW
Guinea pigs are Andean high protein source for CW
Essential nutritious meal daily for all students
Essential nutritious meal daily for all students
THANK YOU for giving us our education
THANK YOU for giving us our education

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Location: Sonoma, California - USA
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