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

Happy New Year 2015
                                          
- By Rae Lewis, Founder & President

This is the time of year when some people make a New Year's resolution. Some of us make a the resolution and keep it and some make one, then promptly forget it. Others don't bother, knowing they won't keep it. I am one of the latter. 

When I reflect on another year coming to an end, I find this process takes me further back to 1987 when CW began and my life changed. I honestly had no idea how deep my commitment actually was or where it might lead. A catalyst yes, but it takes more than planting a seed to harvest an abundant crop. Many people like you came forward to help.YOU joined a growing army of kind, generous and thoughtful individuals who gave time, money and energy to help CW grow and have the incredible life-changing effect on the girls we serve today. Ruth joined in1998 and together we made observations and saw the changes that were needed. By 1996 we had learned that uneducated girls only could look forward to a live of misery and too many babies they could not feed. Decided by 1997, we founded the CW school for girls, though it is Ruth who is the educator and creator of the school.

Both Ruth and my thoughts have never been very far from CW for 27 years, so there must be an annual resolution in there somewhere, and we both keep our focus on CW even if not identified as a New Years resolution. What about you?

Chicuchas Wasi wishes for us all a 2015 with global peace, health, joy, and shared love for everyone. It is possible. Everything is possible.

As we leave the festivities of the holidays, we in the USA (and other countries surely) move into that dreaded time, called TAX TIME - time to pay our annual taxes.Please remember CW offers a 100% tax exemption for all donations made before midnight December 31, 2014. You can take the sting out of tax time knowing that you donate to a cause you trust and know that 99% of your donation will go directly to the school girls.

Our students wish to thank YOU for their 8 years of CW education. They are moving on in 2105 from 6th grade to public high school. Once again, our girls are ready and will make us all proud of their achievements, and I promise I will share them with you as they come up next year. YOUR donations gave them 8 years of a special school created and designed for them. Please click to see their video for you.                                                                                                  THANK YOU

The CW school is closed for the summer, but before we ended the school year we had our Christmas party and we watched with mixed emotion as we sent off our 10 sixth grade graduates to public high school. We will miss these cheerful and hard working girls around the school next March when school begins for 2015. However, we know they will be moving on with confidence and academic readiness.       GO Chicuchas Wasi Girls!

By now you all know that Efrain Valles is not only an active board member of the school, but a 27 year member of the CW family having joined as a child. Efrain gave a moving graduation speech to the girls, full of hope and encouragement for their futures. He reminded them that they are well prepared young women, ready to leave the protective arms of CW and move into the reality of Cusco public school, and they will do well. We expect to have frequent visits from these girls next year to tell us of their experiences and challenges - their faces nodded in smiling agreement. In the last photo the students are lined up, Efrain, Ruth and the teachers behind them. See photos below. Girls thank you video for you.

  May I present the 2014 - SECOND graduation class of the CW school.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoBJu_mIPyw&list=UUho5ACEfAjwPlB1vr0du6RQ

                             Give the Gift of education for girls 

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

CW School celebrated a joyful Christmas party full of laughter, smiling happy faces, a gift of a large angel for every girl and a traditional 'chocolatada' (hot chocolate and panetone bread) You can see some parents came to watch the fun their daughters were having. We try to make this a happy celebration of our girls all together, so a positive school image to remember during the long 3 months that school will be closed. 

 

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Click to hear the 6th grade graduation class
Click to hear the 6th grade graduation class
Efrain with the 10 CW graduating students
Efrain with the 10 CW graduating students
Graduating students, Efrin, Ruth, and Teachers
Graduating students, Efrin, Ruth, and Teachers
CW Christmas "Chocolatada" Party w/Panetone
CW Christmas "Chocolatada" Party w/Panetone
The patio full of party goers and gifts
The patio full of party goers and gifts
A gift for each girl - Angel doll
A gift for each girl - Angel doll

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HO HO HO....Chicuchas Wasi sends you a little cheer from our students - wishing you all the very best for the holidays.

The Holidays are upon us with only 11 days left until Christmas. Is finding that special gift for a loved one or friend frustrating? Why not give them the gift of a donation to educate a girl in their honor? We will be happy to send them a card (send us their name & address please)  to tell them you did.

                 •••PLEASE make a gift of a DONATION TODAY•••

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Our second CW graduating class is saying goodbye to their beloved school on December 19 in preparation for high school. A bitter - sweet moment for us all when our students move on. However, 8 years with chicuchas wasi school has given them a good foundation and our girls will do well. 

***I thought you might be interested in Irene's experience at the CW School.***

          Please see her the Student Hightlight below for her story.

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                 Our annual fundraising campaign continues

                              until December 31, 2014

               to raise the 2015 school budget of $130,000.

        CW has raised $13,000 since December 2 (Giving Tuesday)

                                           THANK YOU

Last CW Update I listed the needed projects we still must fund complete and add to the school.

USA TAX time is almost here. Your tax deductible donation before the end of the year will lower your TAX due.    Please remember to put something into the Chicuchas Wasi stocking

     Your donations this holiday season is greatly appreciated.

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              Give the Gift of education to underserved girls 

A child born to a literate mother is 2X as likely to survive

                                 past the age of 5."

                                                               

Donate to educate a girl
Donate to educate a girl
Thank you
Thank you
Merry Christmas everyone
Merry Christmas everyone
Graduating Student Spotlight
Graduating Student Spotlight
**YOU** are gifting them education!!
**YOU** are gifting them education!!

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Our younger students love school time
Our younger students love school time

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                             DOUBLE your Donation

Each month I share a special story of significance at the CW school for girls. This school year will end on December 19, 2014, but right now there is growing excitement for the Graduation of our Second class of students from our new school. Plans are being made for the celebration and siblings, parents and friends are all invited to witness the achievements of their daughters. This event in itself has a ripple effect on siblings, cousins, neighbors and the community who will look upon our new graduates with curiosity and growing awareness as they enter high school. All know that these girls are going to do well in life.

The little girls in this picture are just beginning to learn at CW school and they too will do well...their stories will come next year.

                            GivingTuesday is December 2

NOW is the START of our annual fundraising campaign for the upcoming year. Our main focus is on the our basic operating budget of $130,000. But the school needs a few things we have not mentioned, but should now. Our new school was nearly complete in 2012 and we desperately needed the additional classrooms, so we opened for that school year with 5 grades. Today, it is 2 years later and fortunately all has been well, but we do need to finish up some of the unfinished construction and small projects that we put on hold when the exchange rate dipped. 
The 2015 projects that need completion or implementation as soon as possible
•Safety hand rails lining concrete stairs and sharp patio drop off areas. $4,000.
•Animal cages to raise and contain sheep and guinea pigs to increase meal protein.$2000.
•Designated art area implemented with tables and material for class projects and stipend for volunteer art teachers. $3,820
•Resume Dental care for all students initiated in 2012 and on hold 2013 & 2014. Doing basic dental exams now to determine the amount of work needed & to get Quote for 2015.
•Professionally repaint School building and do deferred maintenance. $8,550.
•Construct a Greenhouse to grow food for the school kitchen in the frigid season.$3570
•Sturdy safe school playground equipment for the students....$2,000
•Additional school van to transport students safely over terrible muddy roads..$50,000.

To complete these projects and programs we will chip away at them as funds allow.
I promised to keep you abreast of our accomplishments and current needs. 
The school construction was completed in 2013 but the above list was left incomplete.
The hand rails are urgent with the heavy rains that make the cement slippery and dangerous and an additional Van is urgent as we are beating up our current Van with overuse on bad roads. 

              Your support this season is greatly appreciated.

                               100% Match day is Here

     GivingTuesday December 2
          Microsoft will MATCH 100% of all CW donations
                              **up to $500**
         Until the money runs out...It will go fast!!

First START Time:  6:00:01 PST / 09:00:01 EST / 14:00:01 GMT 
Second START Time:  12:00:01 PST/15:00:01 EST / 20:00:01 GMT 

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       CLICK HERE ON DEC 2
   TO DOUBLE YOUR DONATION

GiveBack and feel wonderful that you did
GiveBack and feel wonderful that you did
Educate a Girl and change her life forever
Educate a Girl and change her life forever
Students must walk across fields when Van is stuck
Students must walk across fields when Van is stuck
In 2012 Dentist treated all 110 students in CW
In 2012 Dentist treated all 110 students in CW
Interactive History/Art class-acted out Inti Raymi
Interactive History/Art class-acted out Inti Raymi

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Meet our graduating class of 2014
Meet our graduating class of 2014
Meet this years graduating class - our SECOND group of high achievers.

On December 19, 2014 we will celebrate our second graduating class and end the Peruvian school year. Because of YOUR generous donations we have had 8 years to prepare 10 more students for the opportunities awaiting them. They have a solid foundation they received from the CW school for girls to lean on. Leaving CW is always a bitter-sweet time for us all, but they have all taken advantage of YOUR gift of education and are well prepared for high school and the more challenging world of Cuzco.

To celebrate the achievements of the graduating girls, Ruth took all 10 girls on an overnight holiday to the Sacred Valley to expose them to their own heritage with a visit to the ancient Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo. They experienced their first sleepover in a pretty Pisac accommodation full of blooming red and yellow flowers, with dinner on table cloths and were treated as the special girls that they are. The final day outing included swimming, and playing in a paddle boat in a small lake. The girls have worked hard during their 8 years with CW and have grown and changed forever. They have big dreams today, way beyond the domestic chores of most girls from their background. Our girls understand that if they continue to work hard in high school, there is a whole new world within their reach. Confident and aware of their personal self worth today they KNOW they will have opportunities that the women before them never had or believed possible for their daughters. Thanks to the excellent academic and personal preparation at CW school for Girls they are prepared to make good choices.

Our girls shared a special weekend with their Director, their teacher and another teacher, and together they experienced what they never before had the opportunity to experience. They were all glowing and clearly enjoyed this time together.

 

           THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE FOR OUR GIRLS

“When we liberate girls with an education, they liberate those around them.” -Queen Rania of Jordan

                              Big MATCH DAY for CW supporters
                                           100% Match day

                                 for Chicuchas Wasi School

                                GivingTuesday December 2

                 Microsoft will MATCH 100% of all CW donations
                                      **up to $500**

                 Until the money runs out...It will go fast!!

        First START Time:  6:00:01 PST  / 09:00:01 EST  / 14:00:01 GMT 

   Second START Time:  12:00:01 PST  /15:00:01 EST  / 20:00:01 GMT 

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                    PICK ONE TIME  - Two times to choose from

                                    DONATE HERE
                   ON DEC 2 to Double Your Donation

Our graduating girls will always remember the CW school that gave them so much. 

            THANK YOU for making education possible for girls  

                          Please DONATE HERE December 2

 
Visiting Ancient Inca ruins in Ollantaytambo
Visiting Ancient Inca ruins in Ollantaytambo
Honoring them with a touch of elegance
Honoring them with a touch of elegance
Give Education to Girls on GivingTuesday
Give Education to Girls on GivingTuesday
Double your donation next Tuesday Dec 2
Double your donation next Tuesday Dec 2
THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF LIFE CHANGING EDUCATION
THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF LIFE CHANGING EDUCATION

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CW students greet their HERO returning from London
CW students greet their HERO returning from London
Our teachers make it fun to learn and OUR GIRLS LOVE to have fun.

          The Annual CW Newsletter for 2014 is HOT off the press!  

                          (Click blue image attachment at bottom)

Last month we shared the story of one of the first children, Efrain, to be embraced by the arms of the Chicuchas Wasi family 26 years ago, and  showed why we have a school for just girls today. Efrain was a 9 y/o boy living on his own when he joined the CW family and today he works tirelessly to assure that CW will continue to provide free education for girls who will someday be mothers who will need an education to survive economically and never be so desperate as to abandon their children.

Efrain is much loved today by so many people around the globe who know him as a kind and generous man of integrity and the 2014 "World's Greatest Tour Guide" - especially his family, his 3 children and all the 105 girls at the CW school for girls. They call him Tio (Uncle) and they he cares deeply for them. We need more fathers like Efrain who really care about education equality for girls.

Efrain has just returned home to Cusco, Peru from London where he received the TOP award for the "World's Greatest Tour Guide" and the award money he donated to the CW school. He is surrounded below by CW little girls who love him and all he does to give them a better chance at life.              THANK YOU EFRAIN!

                          ***** Big news for CW supporters*****
                                     100% Match day is soon

Microsoft will Match 100% on GivingTuesday for Chicuchas Wasi School

#GivingTuesday is a special call to action - a national day of giving during the holiday spending season 

    Microsoft will MATCH 100% of all CW donations ***up to $500***

                Until the allocated funds run out....funds will go fast!

                                ON Tuesday, December 2, 2014

                                       START is 6:01 PST

                        (please check YOUR location time)

Please save this date and check your email inbox for the final details and hot link to come in a week.

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."           -Winston Churchill

 CW children are still benefiting from YOUR generosity over 27 years

 THANK YOU for giving the gift of education and changing lives

SAVE THE DATE - DECEMBER 2, 2014
SAVE THE DATE - DECEMBER 2, 2014
One of our adorable students having fun learning
One of our adorable students having fun learning
Girls having fun, on a break from studies
Girls having fun, on a break from studies

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