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
At CW we practice Loving Kindness and Gratitude
At CW we practice Loving Kindness and Gratitude

Chicuchas Wasi School sends you love, good health and abundance always and Gentle Prayer of "Loving Kindness" for us all  -  in Gratitude

CoVid-19 didn't stop CW Girls or their studies. Final exams are done - we made it through the 2020 school year! Our amazing CW teachers kept their promise that not one girl would fall behind or lose an academic school year. Their parents became more involved supporting (and learning with their daughters) as active CoVid cases continued all around them.

Our teachers prepare a Christmas gift for each studentl and will be delivering them to the girls (at a safe drop off location) on the last day of school. A few year end home visits for some students (outdoor areas, good distance and masked) that need personal contact with their teachers before the start of Peru summer vacation. The CW actual school classrooms will reopen in March to begin the 2021 school year. We are all grateful that this deadly pandemic did not take our students or families though some were sick but healed - none died when so many in Cusco did. 
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Please think of our girls when you decorate your Christmas Trees and donate if you are able.

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

                                                  THANK YOU
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To help CW friends understand how girls are managing, here are two more stories from Gloria for this news update. After posting a student story and photo last month on FaceBook for all to see, the girls reacted. Fully motivated to share on FaceBook, teachers received the girl's best story as well as class assignments at home were fully engaged - a good motivational tool with the prize of being a girl profiled here and on FaceBook. Ursula is the first story for this news update. The second story is of Adriana.

Assistant Director Gloria shares 5 year old Ursula Iveth.  (See photo below)

Iveth is one of our little ones at CW School, who first entered school at 4 years of age in 2019 and just completed 2 years of preschool in 2020. She is very awake, cheerful and a talkative girl. She has confidence in herself that she developed from the constant support from her older sister, Sayuri, who is a CW student in the 5th grade. Sayuri is always aware of her little sister, providing a solid sense of security, that has helped Iveth develop many skills already and a child who participates well and placing in the first place.

In the 2020 school year, Iveth has continued to be the same happy, talkative and participative student with the support of her family - especially her mother and sister - continues to be the first to send her teacher her lessons for the day. At age 5 she has learned to also to read and write that makes her already advanced and ready for First Grade in March 2012. Iveth tells Gloria of her desire to return to her beloved school, that she misses playing with her classmates, and especially dancing and group performances. She has high expectations for entering First grade and continue to be the first in everything and loves very much the teachers and classmates.

Another story from Gloria for Adriana. (See photo below)

Another little princess is Adriana (shown with her mother). She is in Gloria's class of 5 year old preschoolers at CW school. She is very talkative, and restless though she participates in every activity in the class. Her restlessness gets in the way of her concentration for the activities that require calm and patience, and she often gets upset. Adriana has slowly learned with the love and support of her teacher and classmates to become calm so she can concentrate. She is working with more enthusiasm to do her class work now. While observing what her classmates are doing and realizing she can do them as well. 

Today she is ending her final year in preschool and will promote to first grade a happy girl, sure of herself and enthusiastic to share her completed assignments with her teacher. Her family has observed the importance of their support in her academic activities and with their love and respect she is more confident in herself. For Adriana, it is essential to grow her self-esteem young to take with her throughout life to help her achieve her goals and future expectations.

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We hope and pray AND we plan (positively for CoVid vaccine) for CW girls to return to the CW school on March 2,2021, the start of the Peruvian school year and that parents can return to some regular work and be able to feed their families. When the school kitchen opens again in March delivering oatmeal breakfast and a hot main meal -our girls will be healthy again. We still worry that being home for the next 2 months with little nutritious food to eat will have health consequences-anemia and possibly cases of TB (even during CoVid). We plan to continue our emergency meal program through March- if not longer.

Many CW Students have suffered from malnutrition due poverty over the summer months but when our school is open they are supported nutritionally with a balanced daily hot meal, vitamins are also given to girls who have anemia. Since the girls did not attend school due to COVID lock down this year, the school meal program was not available to them. CW was immediately aware of the consequences to their health and created an emergency food program for each family. 
 

PLEASE DONATE a little extra TO HELP during the Pandemic       

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

The CW Emergency Food Program

The Cusco rainy season is now and the ground will soon be wet enough to plant corn and the grasses to restore the tired soil after 3 straight years of heavy planting. Our families are farmers and will cultivate again all around the school as much as possible but will not overwork the land to protect future crops.

Our emergency food program is still providing food basics to our families until parents can safely return to work. More deliveries through March will include: Canned tuna, oil, sugar, rice, lima beans, lentils, 30 eggs each, canned milk, ½ chicken per family. We will add chocolate and canned milk with panetone for the Christmas custom.

Our dedicated Teachers, Cooks, and handy-man/bus-driver are an impressive display of solidarity. We ARE grateful and proud of their willingness to problem solve with thinking out of the box together to get through this Pandemic for the CW girls. The emergency food program has continued since March and our team sorts, bags and fine tunes each family's food need. Thank you Gulf4Good and End World Hunger for supporting our Emergency Food Program. We count our blessings every day. 

                                  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT 

Teachers laugh while they wrap Xmas gifts for girl
Teachers laugh while they wrap Xmas gifts for girl
Please donate for Christmas
Please donate for Christmas
Ursula Iveth and her story
Ursula Iveth and her story
Adriana with her mother in her home
Adriana with her mother in her home
CW School Bus loaded with emergency food aid
CW School Bus loaded with emergency food aid

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GG Give Tuesday Dec.1,2020
GG Give Tuesday Dec.1,2020

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Chicuchas Wasi School sends you love, good health and abundance for the holidays

Our CW Cusco team and parents continue to hold up well in spite of the active CoVid cases all around them. Teacher have been making home visits to many of their students the last few months, meeting in outdoor areas, good distance and masked to tutor students that need more personal contact with their teachers. CW students will progress to the next grade level in mid December when school year ends. We plan to return to the actual CW school with a big celebration that our girls survived and have not lost a school year during CoVid. 

To help CW friends understand better how girls are managing, Ruth decided to post (one by one) a personal story of a few girls on FaceBook. She tells me that after posting a student photo with her story of school on FaceBook for all to see, now all the girls want to be able to show their friends and parents about their school with their photo and story too. The teachers decided this was a good motivational tool with the prize of being a girl profiled here and on FaceBook. We begin with a student infected with Covid while on home school. The second girl has developmental issues caused from malnutrition over time. Here are two very different and challenging stories where our girls rise above the obstacles.

Assistant Director Gloria shares a student Covid story.

Ruth Yajaira (see her photo) is a little shy, but a very affectionate girl. She is in the third grade at CW primary school. She loves to read, dance 'huayno' (the typical Andean dance) and play. She is characterized as a calm girl, patient in supporting her classmates. Ruth was infected with CoVid-19 and during the first months of her quarantine, she demonstrated a lot of responsibility, but during that time she gave her entire family COVID 19. The family recovered and is much better now, but Ruth's defenses are down and she is doing her best to continue being the responsible, punctual and orderly girl as always. Ruth lives with her parents and her two brothers, in a rented house, her father has health problems but finds works making furniture, her mother is a housewife. Sometimes Ruth is supported by her older brother and sometimes she does her lessons alone. The whole family is grateful to our little school. Her teacher has been giving her private help and she is a good and smart student with this help.

Another story from Gloria:

Deysi (see her photo below) is a twin (other twin is a brother) in third grade in CW primary school. She loves to dance and sing. She had a lot of difficulty learning in the first grade, as well as in reading and reading comprehension, since she suffers from malnutrition at home and permanent anemia. Many CW Students suffer from malnutrition due poverty and when our school is open they are supported with a balanced daily hot meal, vitamins are also given to girls who have anemia. Since the girls did not attend school due to COVID lock down this year, the school meal program was not available to them. CW was immediately aware of the consequences to their health and created an emergency food program for each family. 

Deysi always tries to do her best to learn, but often there is no one to help her at home. Her older sisters work and study and her single mother must go out to work to support her 7 children. Despite all the difficulties, communication with Deysi is constant, she tries to send her lessons, although sometimes she relaxes a little. She has improved a lot from first grade until now; she reads much better, she understands what she reads and we always encourage her, so that she continues the effort. Every day she climbs over her difficulties to achieve her goals. Deysi's family is very grateful to our little school. One older sister, Cresteli graduated from CW 2 years ago and is now in high school, and another older sister is in a tech school and helps Deysi with her lessons.  CW gave the family a cell phone so that Deysi could send her lessons and be in touch with her teacher. Her sisters also benefit from the cell phone for their assignments. Malnutrition in a family with 7 children supported entirely by a single mother who works as a domestic makes it near impossible to provide adequate nutrition. Deysi's teacher Pamela visits often and making sure our emergency food program provides enough to make a difference.

We hope and pray that CW girls can return to the CW school next March, the start of the Peruvian school year, and receive the oatmeal breakfast and hot main meal program daily to to restore their health. The girls miss their friends, teachers and the special school that was created for them. Ruth feared after 1 year away from school during a pandemic, that many students who attend public school will never return - a generation lost to education. Gratefully, our girls will return with eager support of their families, a deep relationship our team has developed over the years.

                                 The CW Emergency Food Program

Director Ruth reports that the rains are late and therefore the ground around the school is too hard and dry to cultivate. But this is the Cusco rainy season and the ground will soon be wet enough to plant corn and the grasses to restore the tired soil after 3 straight years of heavy planting. Our families are farmers and will cultivate again all around the school as much as possible but will not overwork the land to protect future crops.

Our emergency food program is still providing food basics to our families until parents can safely return to work. There will be 2 more deliveries through December to include: Canned tuna, oil, sugar, rice, lima beans, lentils, 30 eggs each, canned milk, ½ chicken per family. We will add chocolate and canned milk with panetone for the Christmas custom.

Our dedicated Teachers, Cooks, and handy-man/bus-driver are an impressive display of solidarity. We ARE grateful and proud of their willingness to problem solve with thinking out of the box together to get through this Pandemic for the CW girls.The emergency food program has continued since March and our team sorts, bags and fine tunes each family's food need. Thank you Gulf4Good and End World Hunger for supporting our Emergency Food Program. We count our blessings every day. 

                                THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT 

PLEASE DONATE a little extra TO HELP US during the Pandemic: LINK Below: 

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/send-disadvantaged-rural-girls-to-school-in-peru/

                              Please BUY the CW STORY

                           "JUMP ON THE LOVE TRAIN"
                        a fundraiser to EDUCATE GIRLS
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                   100% of the proceeds go to the school
                                      Thank you

Ruth Yajaira has a her CoVid story
Ruth Yajaira has a her CoVid story
Deysi shares her CW story
Deysi shares her CW story
Teachers pack bags of food for families
Teachers pack bags of food for families
Teachers sort food for families
Teachers sort food for families
CW mother receives emergency food supply
CW mother receives emergency food supply
Global Giving  Tuesday December 1, 2020
Global Giving Tuesday December 1, 2020

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A very focus student on her assignment
A very focus student on her assignment

CW teachers, students and families are holding up well; families are more united and engaged with their daughter's education and the school than we ever imagined they would be -- especially during a Pandemic.  
 
Our girls and their parents ask about You. They hear about the fires, storms, flooding and hurricanes in your homeland so far away so, send you 126+ skinny-arm HUGS and blow you kisses to be strong...and they send prayers to you.

CW school administrator, Ruth Uribe, sadly reports the tragic result of a 7 month closure of all Peru's public schools during the Pandemic; Peru is experiencing a serious decline of primary to high school students, especially noticeable is the absence of girls not returning to school. These Andean students have not studied in any form in the time away from school. They have no internet or ability to stay in contact with their teachers and classmates and most will not return to school when it reopens. Once they quit and go to work in this poor community they will never return to school. This is a national tragedy and a problem for all of Peru says Ruth, but especially for the Andean children that do not have parental encouragement to return to school, in favor of going to work. This is a return an old belief that education is not of value. CoronaVirus Pandemic will cause an entire generation of children to be uneducated.

The value of our CW School for poor girls is more important than ever for communities that do not value education. In stark contrast to the Peruvian Public School system, the CW creative style of education has managed to provide home school with little more than a cell phone. Our dedicated and passionate teachers have continued to work, refusing let our girls lose the school year and habit of study - the risk when schools close.

CW School is really thriving even with home schooling because of the constant contact with their teachers who encourage them as well as provide them with a weekly video class that they watch on a simple cell phone, and the matching grade- level worksheets from the class workbook. Teachers also prepare audio instructions for their students as well as telephone instruction. After 7 months of home study we have noticed how happy the girls are with their independence to do their assignments and practice on their siblings or parents. Ruth tells me the teachers all comment on how grown up the girls have become and do their work at home responsibly with little need for parental help. The silver lining here is the parents also learn quite a bit while helping their daughters. The weekly transfer of completed worksheets and delivery of the next weeks lessons are made each week with one mom receiving the new assignments for her daughter's class and delivering the completed work to Ruth to be delivered to the teachers. They then talk one-on-one on the cell phone to their teachers to go over any corrections or additions to the work completed. They also try to lighten up the academic environment of the week with some fun activities like role-playing with new English words with parents and siblings with humor and giggles all around. 

We have just celebrated 33 years of Chicuchas Wasi on Sept 19 and so along with the class assignments delivered there were party cones full of treats for each girl and some cell made videos the girls made with their family to share for the school celebration.  

Please visit our CW Facebook page for our anniversary videos too big to put in this news update.  https://www.facebook.com/chicuchaswasi

Our dedicated Teachers, Cooks, and handy-man/bus-driver are an impressive display of solidarity. We ARE grateful and proud of their willingness to problem solve and collectively thinking out of the box to get through this Pandemic for the CW girls. We count our blessings every day 

                                 Please BUY the CW STORY
                              "JUMP ON THE LOVE TRAIN"
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                       100% of the proceeds go to the school
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                      The CW Emergency Food Program

The survival challenges for our unemployed families during a pandemic are huge. Lock-down , but curfew from 8pm to 4am is still in force. Jobs are like a fine mist that is quickly gone in a breeze. Our families depend on our Emergency Food Program until reliable work is available for them. We are making a difference by providing basic nutrition for all of our families and grateful that we are able to do so. All thanks to donations from Gulf4Good and End World Hunger for the CW Emergency Food Program. The bottom images show Ruth with her list of basics needed and bulk shopping at the store for food supplies to prepare the packages for each family and then do the distribution.

The CW emergency food program will continue through 2020. By purchasing food in larger quantities, Ruth is staying away from the high risk for CoVid in the open market. This type of bulk shopping from a food staples-store deals only in bulk so no families shop there eliminating the risk of contagion for our team. With no social services in Cusco, the Chicuchas Wasi Org and all staff voted to do the right thing and help our families during this crisis trusting that the funds we need to do so would be there. Gratefully you responded specifically to feed the CW families at home

                 THANK YOU SO MUCH for sticking with us
to EDUCATE and FEED Chicuchas Wasi GIRLS during this Pandemic crisis

          

Reading the lesson- then writing her understanding
Reading the lesson- then writing her understanding
Photo of work shown via cell to teacher
Photo of work shown via cell to teacher
Meeting place to transfer lesson pages/collect new
Meeting place to transfer lesson pages/collect new
entire family dance jungle style for anniversary
entire family dance jungle style for anniversary
Gifts handed out with workbook lessons
Gifts handed out with workbook lessons
She received a gift from her school celebration
She received a gift from her school celebration
Parent delivers class work/receives new/girls gift
Parent delivers class work/receives new/girls gift

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Students discuss lesson with Teacher Karen on cell
Students discuss lesson with Teacher Karen on cell

CW Girls miss their beloved school - but are enjoying home school now

CW team sends LOVE and Courage for us all...

Cuzco continues in self quarantine, no longer Marshall Law, until the end of Sept. With the hospitals overwhelmed and full there is no place to go if seriously ill with CoVid-19 but home. O2 supplies are exhausted and in high altitude low O2 levels make recovery more difficult. Many deaths now as people do not follow the science guidlines. CW girls are all well and teaching their parents to please stay home, mask, wash hands to stay well. Ruth has delivered more homemade masks to families, teachers and girls. Only one CW family is infected and being treated at home now. We have had 7 teachers ill but 6 have recovered and one is recovering. All recovered while doing home school assignments for their students. CW has provided more homemade masks (by Ruth) for everyone.

Our girls love their grownup independence doing home school classes and have become very responsible to deliver the worksheets on time. Every Friday the teachers meet on Zoom to plan the following weeks assignments. After the Zoom, while at home teachers prepare 2-3 video classes every week & the audio instructions for daily work they deliver by cell phone to each student. The daily worksheets Ruth prints the next day and delivers to room mothers in protective hazmat wear, in a safe uncrowded place to both receive the girls finished work from the previous week and deliver the new week worksheets to the girls.

We have fine tuned the CW home school plan and it works very well. The one exception is that we have 10 families without their own cell phone and have needed to borrow a neighbor phone to get the assignments by video. The good news is that Efrain (long time board member and now English teacher for the girls) has managed to get 3 cells phones donated for the families who need them for home school. So we still have 7 cell phones yet to acquire. Fortunately the neighbors are generous and kind to the CW girls and loan their phones.

Ruth says:  " We still cannot begin our teacher home visits as we planned last March; the COVID situation in Cuzco is too dangerous to risk exposing the teachers." 

Life in the time of a Pandemic is not pleasant for any country or culture but CW family life today is managing with CW emergency food help. This is school life now, we can not return to our school as ruled by the Ministry of Education in Peru in 2020. All schools will be closed until the 2021 March school year begins.

Please visit our CW Facebook page for new stories in the time of a pandemic and great home schooling videos too big to put in this news update.           https://www.facebook.com/chicuchaswasi/

Our dedicated Teachers, Cooks, and handy-man/bus-driver are an impressive display of solidarity. We ARE grateful and proud of their willingness to problem solve with thinking out of the box together (no matter their job description) to get through this Pandemic for the CW girls. We count our blessings every day.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Please BUY the CW STORY
"JUMP ON THE LOVE TRAIN"
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100% of the proceeds go to the school
Thank you

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Chicuchas Wasi celebrates 33 years on September 19 

Our CW school is closed now and normally we would celebrate with dances and music and awards etc. on the playground patio with all of our 130+ students (a few alumnae too) participating. Not this year sadly. The students don't have access to Zoom so not sure what the Cusco team plans. In true Peruvian style an important anniversary never goes uncelebrated...I will keep you posted and include any photos of the event if they come up with something.

The CW plan for self-sufficiency in the future is nearly finished. The Maria school construction workers were allowed to return to finish building the ramp to the third floor of the school. All proceeded well and I can see the windows and doors installed - well almost anyway - in my mind's eye now. Our Maestro (Chief of the construction) is down with CoVid and Ruth is hunting down any meds and O2 he might need. He wanted to keep working, but Ruth sent him home for 20 days and all the workers also to quarantine so they too would not get sick. So I don't have the finished photos to share yet...soon though. It is really hard to build anything in Peru, even when there is no pandemic.

All the workers have been working in hazmat suits and use caution as instructed by Ruth to protect them. We plan to have the final details, and a colorful paint job by the end of this year and be ready to operate next school year - depending on CoVid.  We will keep you updated. 

PLEASE DONATE TO HELP US -if you can-

THROUGH THIS TIME:

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The CW Emergency Food Program

The survival challenges for our unemployed families during a pandemic are huge. Lock-down opened up 4 weeks ago, but curfew from 8pm to 4am is still in force. Jobs are like a fine mist that is quickly gone in a breeze. Our families depend on our Emergency Food Program until reliable work is available for them. We are making a difference by providing basic nutrition for all of our families and grateful that we are able to do so. All thanks to donations from Gulf4Good and End World Hunger for the CW Emergency Food Program. The bottom images show Ruth with her list of basics needed and bulk shopping at the store for food supplies to prepare the packages for each family and then do the distribution. 

The CW emergency food program will continue the rest of 2020. By purchasing food in larger quantities, Ruth is staying away from the high risk for CoVid open market. This type of bulk shopping from a food staples-store deals only in bulk so no families shop there eliminating the risk of contagion for our team. Chicuchas Wasi Org and all staff voted to do the right thing and help our families during this crisis trusting that the funds we need to do so would be there. Miraculously donations have come in specifically to feed the CW families at home.

              *THANK YOU SO MUCH*

 for sticking with us to EDUCATE & FEED HUNGRY GIRLS during CoVid-19. 

On student shows teacher her finished assignment
On student shows teacher her finished assignment
Ruth's home made masks for families, teachers
Ruth's home made masks for families, teachers
Anatomy lesson by student over cell phone
Anatomy lesson by student over cell phone
Girls school work while cell photo taken by mother
Girls school work while cell photo taken by mother
Ruth and teacher bulk shopping for families
Ruth and teacher bulk shopping for families
Emergency food distribution and record keeping
Emergency food distribution and record keeping

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Lead mother picks of weekly assignments from Ruth
Lead mother picks of weekly assignments from Ruth

CW Girls are eager to return to school - but not so fast - virus is still lurking,

Cusco opened up 3 weeks ago and quickly the people flooded into the streets. Like us they could not wait to get outside, hunt for work and see their friends - unaware they were inviting the aggressive CoVid to spread. Cusco is seeing more people i'll now with the virus. Director Ruth, teachers and staff contacted all the parents, and girls to tell them to be extra cautious and stay home using the protocols they have all learned - it is too fast to open the city again to crowded streets and huge gathering to celebrate their Independence Day the 28 of July.  Rural Cusco is a poor community and people are desperate to find work so the warning often falls on deaf ears. Fathers (and mothers) are out looking for work to survive and Ruth tells me the city is going to close down again. 

Our students are staying home alone now and gratefully all are well. We continue with home schooling since the school year in Peru won't end until December. Our families do not have technology at home, only a family cell phone for most. We depend on this family cell phone - some have screens, but some do not so neighbors help out and take pictures of the assignment to send to the teachers. A family will have just one phone and now that the father is looking for work he is gone all day and has taken the cell with him. So, we move to plan B for the second stage of home schooling during CoVid. 

The teachers meet on zoom every Friday to problem solve CW rural home schooling and agreed to work on Saturday (plan B) to prepare their grade level assignments for their students. Ruth then prints them out, a copy for each student, so that on Monday they can be delivered to the lead parent per grade. Each mother will go to her daughter's grade lead parent and designated home to pick up their daughters lessons. There are still two additional pick-up points for more isolated girls to receive their assignment closer to their homes. There is no limit to how far the team will go to educate CW students. They will not have cell phones for a while. Ruth and I are trying to see what the cost might be to buy cheap simple phones in Peru just for the student home study as no other communication is available.

A year ago I hauled 2 suitcases full of my stash of fabric to the school for school projects. While in lock-down Ruth was able to make masks with this fabric for all 130 girls, their parents and the teachers to keep them safe. All safety measures are constantly reinforced to our families, as if still under Marshall law.

Ruth says:  " We cannot begin our teacher home visits as we planned, the situation in Cusco is getting ugly. I cannot risk exposing the teachers and the parents. Thank God we do not have a single child or parent infected. We created an awareness campaign for the parents to protect them and the girls. With more virus cases in Cusco now, all will return to mandatory shelter-at-home again soon. Our new system of printed assignments for each girl, plus the videos and audios that the teachers prepare every day and can be watched on the family phone late at night when the father returns we hope, shows the plan is very good. Already in this third week we have had excellent results, plus the girls do not have to read from the tiny cell phones.  When the parents return home the girls make them sit and listen and see the teachers videos. 

The Pandemic has upset the Andean life our families were used to, but Andean people are always adapting. We hope CoVid will ease up soon so that family bread winners can find work. Most are day laborers or domestics and so it remains to be seen when work will open up again. Cusco is a tourist town and economy that needs to work; foreign tourists are not allowed yet, but local tourists from Lima have flooded the city, a frightening thought for new infections, after opening the city too fast. We will keep reminding our girls to stay home however, and will keep you posted in the next news update. Sadly we cannot return to our school as ruled by the Ministry of Education in Peru in 2020. All schools will be closed until the 2021 March school year.

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Please visit our CW Facebook page for new stories and great videos too big to put in this update.           https://www.facebook.com/chicuchaswasi/

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Our dedicated Teachers, Cooks, and handy-man/bus-driver are an impressive display of solidarity. We ARE grateful and proud of their willingness to problem solve with thinking out of the box together to get through this Pandemic for the CW girls. We count our blessings every day.

                  THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT

 

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My birthday reminds me again that after 35 years of depending on donations and grants to fund Chicuchas Wasi organization, we are seriously well on our way with our self-sufficiency plan to fund the CW school going forward. Ruth and I promised the girls that CW school would continue into the future for poor girls still unborn, and we are keeping that promise.

The CW plan for the future is almost completed. The Maria school construction workers were just allowed to return to finish building the ramp to the third floor of the school. Hopefully they will finish before being shut down again and fill the open spaces of the walls with windows and doors for the classrooms. All the workers are in hazmat suits and use caution and are instructed by Ruth to protect the them. We hope to have the final details, and colorful paint job by the end of this year and be ready to operate next school year - depending on CoVid.  We will keep you updated. This is an amazing achievement for any non-profit and we could not have realized our plan without our forward-thinking supporters who realize most small nonprofits do not outlive their founders. We are all grateful to YOU who have stepped up to help build the Maria school. To be honest, if I am able to really retire next year I doubt I will do so completely. I love our work, the CW girls, teachers and staff who have become one large family and the many supporting friends everywhere and the California Board and retired board who still weigh in often. 

PLEASE DONATE TO HELP US -if you can- THROUGH THIS TIME:           www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-110-poor-girls-in-cusco-for-economic-survival/

The CW Emergency Food Program

The survival challenges for our unemployed families during a pandemic are huge. Lock-down (Marshall Law in Peru) opened up 3 weeks ago, but appears it will need to resume again soon. Curfew from 8pm to 4am is still in force. Impoverished families under normal times barely get by, and CoVid has shut down all work since March. We have always been concerned of the risk of malnutrition and the need for basic nutrition for the children in our care during their critical years of growth and development, therefore, will continue the food program through the end of the year. We harvested the produce that our parents planted around the school and will replant the gardens on the school grounds again around Sept with the onset of rain. The next harvest will help fill the school pantry again this year to divide up for the families. 

Ruth now shops in bulk after turning a classroom into our food distribution center for sorting and packaging up food for delivery. The photos below show the food sorting team, bagging up to load the bus for delivery to families. The whole team participates in this mammoth project in full protective gear to avoid potential risk.

For every food delivery, the CW bus is loaded up with the emergency food packages to deliver to our parents who are waiting at the gate of the food market on market day. We are all adapting to the rules as they change to assure we can deliver the emergency food to our families. 

The CW emergency food program will continue the rest of 2020. By purchasing food in larger quantities, Ruth is staying away from the high risk for CoVid open market. This type of bulk shopping from a food staples-store deals only in bulk so no families shop there eliminating the risk of contagion for our team. Chicuchas Wasi Org and all staff voted to do the right thing and help our families during this crisis trusting that the funds we need to do so would be there. Miraculously donations have come in specifically to feed the CW families at home.

                 THANK YOU SO MUCH
We plan to continue until this crisis is controlled.

Ruth now shops in bulk after turning a classroom into our food distribution center for sorting and packaging up food for delivery. The photos below show the food sorting team, bagging up to load the bus for delivery to families. The whole team participates in this mammoth project in full protective gear to avoid potential risk.
For every food delivery, the CW bus is loaded up with the emergency food packages to deliver to our parents who are waiting at the gate of the food market on market day. We are all adapting to the rules as they change to assure we can deliver the emergency food to our families. 

The CW Emergency Food Program

The survival challenges for our unemployed families during a pandemic are huge. Lock-down (Marshall Law in Peru) opened up 3 weeks ago, but appears it will need to resume again soon. Curfew from 8pm to 4am is still in force. Impoverished families under normal times barely get by, and CoVid has shut down all work since March. We have always been concerned of the risk of malnutrition and the need for basic nutrition for the children in our care during their critical years of growth and development, therefore, will continue the food program through the end of the year. We harvested the produce that our parents planted around the school and will replant the gardens on the school grounds again around Sept with the onset of rain. The next harvest will help fill the school pantry again this year to divide up for the families. 

Ruth now shops in bulk after turning a classroom into our food distribution center for sorting and packaging up food for delivery. The photos below show the food sorting team, bagging up to load the bus for delivery to families. The whole team participates in this mammoth project in full protective gear to avoid potential risk.

For every food delivery, the CW bus is loaded up with the emergency food packages to deliver to our parents who are waiting at the gate of the food market on market day. We are all adapting to the rules as they change to assure we can deliver the emergency food to our families. 

The CW emergency food program will continue the rest of 2020. By purchasing food in larger quantities, Ruth is staying away from the high risk for CoVid open market. This type of bulk shopping from a food staples-store deals only in bulk so no families shop there eliminating the risk of contagion for our team. Chicuchas Wasi Org and all staff voted to do the right thing and help our families during this crisis trusting that the funds we need to do so would be there. Miraculously donations have come in specifically to feed the CW families at home. We plan to continue until this crisis is controlled.

                         THANK YOU SO MUCH
for sticking with us to EDUCATE and FEED HUNGRY GIRLS during this Pandemic crisis. 

 

 

 

Teacher gives Ruth completed assignments of girls
Teacher gives Ruth completed assignments of girls
Serious Home Schooling-learning to write
Serious Home Schooling-learning to write
Construction Workers back to work-CoVid protection
Construction Workers back to work-CoVid protection
Ramp construction from ground to roof
Ramp construction from ground to roof
Bulk food and staples sorting and packing
Bulk food and staples sorting and packing
Time to deliver, checks, lists, needs all packed
Time to deliver, checks, lists, needs all packed

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Location: Sonoma, California - USA
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