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
Kindergarten student rides the CW Van to school
Kindergarten student rides the CW Van to school
Our girls don't have to walk miles in the rain and mud..
                                                                        THANKS to YOU

                               *** Special Opportunity below***

In the Cusco countryside you see little girls walking alone and carrying old plastic containers to fetch water from a communal water source all the time, but it is not safe. Girls alone are at risk most of the time, so CW has a system where we provide the CW school van to pick up and deliver all students every day with 3 shifts of student trips that line up with their class start time. 

Also, the constant rain in Cusco has kept the unpaved rural roads full of holes and sloppy clay. Children who attend school must walk every day a mile or many more to reach the public school. Imagine the fun of slipping and sliding in that mud leaving many children so wet and happily muddy they don't make it to school at all. Attendance at those schools is not good during rainy season.

Poverty prevents the use of bus service for our students, that other children with money can use. Once at CW school, tour older big girls become the big sisters for another exciting day.The added bonus here is that CW attendance is high the entire school year.

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"A quality education has the power to transform societies in a single generation, provide children with the protection they need from the hazards of poverty, labor exploitation and disease and give them the knowledge, skills and confidence to reach their full potential. "    - Audry Hepburn

                                YOUR GENEROSITY is LIFTING these GIRLS 
                                         UP and OUT of POVERTY

                                                THANK YOU 

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When the last downhill road to the CW school is slippery muddy, the van cannot pass and the students must walk across several fields to reach the van on the better road. Ruth will organize a parent work to clear and fill the trenches from water run off so the van can pass. Just another day at CW.

                                      Thank YOU

          For the gift of education and a quality life for these girls.

                 YOU MAKE THIS HAPPEN FOR THEM

First of 3 shuttles to school for the morning
First of 3 shuttles to school for the morning
The younger students would miss school with no VAN
The younger students would miss school with no VAN
Last of the morning shuttle to school
Last of the morning shuttle to school
Arrived to schoo but our road is too muddy for Van
Arrived to schoo but our road is too muddy for Van
So students must walk across 2 fields to school
So students must walk across 2 fields to school

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A shy new kindergarten student begins school
A shy new kindergarten student begins school

                        **VERY BIG NEWS - Scroll down to see**

Every March we receive an excited rush of wide-eyed 4 & 5 year old girls who arrive at the Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls for the first time. They are nervous, shy and a bit scared as they enter the school. Promptly they are buddied up with an older student, who acts as a big sister for these little ones guiding them to their classroom. Immediately they bond with the older girls who will help them to adjust to this new environment. They are often the first to go to school in their family and certainly the first female. 

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou 

Within a week the girls have claimed Chicuchas Wasi as THEIR school and are proud to tell the world that they go to THEIR Jardin (Kindergarten.) It takes little time for these new-to-school little ones to feel the circle of love they have entered, to smile widely, make direct eye contact with teachers and staff, and begin to see how special they are.
By the time June rolls around these same girls are more confident, are learning to read and proud in their new blue jumpsuits though they eagerly await the big girls bright red uniform in first grade. They study and play hard with their new friends and freely share hugs with friends and teachers. We are healing hearts daily while expanding their minds.

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                                      Really BIG NEWS 

                  **MS gives 100% Match of YOUR donations **

           Global Giving & Microsoft YouthSpark MATCH Day  
June 25, 2014 at 9am West Coast  BUT 12:00:00 PM (noon-East Coast)
 with $200,000 available from Microsoft..

                                  YOUR donation will be 
         MATCHED at 100%up to $1000 per each person's donation

            Please consider taking advantage of the 100% match...
          ***it will double your donation...WOW...DOUBLE IT !!!!

Please DONATE for this MATCH....I cannot believe they will offer 100% match again    

             The impact of YOUR generosity is immeasurable 
            Your donations are teaching girls to read & more

                   THANK YOU for CARING about them

 

Older students are big sisters-guide little ones
Older students are big sisters-guide little ones
Youngest girls learning to read, they love books
Youngest girls learning to read, they love books
She too can read now...:-))
She too can read now...:-))

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Mothers cook typical Cusco food-festival costume
Mothers cook typical Cusco food-festival costume
Happy Mother’s Day to ALL Mothers and to the wonderful Aunties who step up when needed.

Chicuchas Wasi wishes to dedicate this month’s update to all the mothers who live in the shadows and are invisible to most; a mother who quietly stays up all night to make a dress her daughter needs to wear in the morning and then goes to work as a house cleaner, or the mother who drives her son all over town to find him just the right baseball cleats she can’t afford, so he can fit in with the rest of the team. Mothers who sit with us quietly sharing our pain and hold us tight as our heart breaks at the end of a first love. Mothers who cheer our successes and stand next to us with our failures. If we had that kind of mother we were so blessed. But not all of us do. And many mothers that do their very best for their children are not honored - are not valued at all. 

Chicuchas Wasi Girls have mothers who have nothing material, nothing at all. They cannot read, write or do basic sums, but most do care and try to give their best, with all their limitations, even if very little.

Our special classes for mothers have lifted the spirits of some of our mothers and today they enthusiastically engage with their daughter's class, choose a lead mother to organize each group of mothers to help with what they can do. Lifted out of depression they present creative ideas to help the teacher and show their daughters they care.

Last year during Cusco’s annual festival to honor the ancient culture of Cusco, each room mother organized her mothers to purchase and prepare food from a village (many villages to choose from) to sell at the school festival - using the money loaned by the Administrator Ruth to buy ingredients. They then compete with other classroom mothers who prepare food from a other villages. A local chef was invited to judge the best representation and taste prepared of the village and the mothers were thrilled if their culinary talent won. The money raised from guests and parents who bought the food was used to repay the loan to Ruth, and then to buy something the class needed. One year they bought DVD players for each class for educational presentations. Each class received a TV donated 2 years ago by a local tour company, so a DVD is useful as no internet is available in this area. This is a win-win for the mothers, girls and the entire class. The girls are proud of their mothers and the mothers of their daughters - a change from the burden of believing your daughter is destined to suffer like her mother.

To every Mother who does her very best with what she has to care for her children - Chicuchas Wasi honors you today.

Education for poor indigenous girls has never been important in Cusco and was not accepted by this rural community until CW opened a special school for these intelligent and curious girls. Mothers and some fathers are now seeing how their daughters are progressing and are very proud of them. We are changing the old beliefs, day by day.

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When I look around our beautiful primary school, I see happy girls in bright red uniforms and a big Van to safely deliver them to and from school. I see 105 hot dishes of hearty nutritious meals being served to hungry students and I see classrooms filled with eager students actively engaged in the process of learning. AND I see the huge impact of YOUR generosity. Your financial donations have made it possible for us to provide free education to girls who would not otherwise receive it.

                                 THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN OUR GIRLS

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                                              IMPORTANT NEWS

                             ** CW must be sitting under a very bright star ** 

WOW An extra Microsoft YouthSpark Bonus Day.  The next matching campaign will be on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.  There will be $200,000 available in matching funds from Microsoft, and the matching will be applied at 100%!  up to $1000 per each donation. More to come next month...

Please consider taking advantage of the 100% match...it will double your donation...DOUBLE IT !! More details next month..so not yet please - wait for the 100% match June 25.

Rare that this would be offered. Thank you Microsoft

CW Mothers cook village dish for Cusco festival
CW Mothers cook village dish for Cusco festival
Mothers compete for best food prepared
Mothers compete for best food prepared
CW cooking and costume festival competition
CW cooking and costume festival competition
Mothers, fathers, brothers dance for CW festival
Mothers, fathers, brothers dance for CW festival
Mother's class to address and help their problems
Mother's class to address and help their problems
The Daughters - our CW students - THANK YOU ALL
The Daughters - our CW students - THANK YOU ALL

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Fresh kindergarten students going to school :-0
Fresh kindergarten students going to school :-0

Hi everyone,

These are some of the girls who are receiving your gift of education. Without eduction these girls are destined to be domestic servants and baby making machines for anyone who can provide for them. You are giving them a foundation of education and a preparation for a better future.
THANK YOU

The Microsoft BIG MATCH Day is this Wednesday, April 16 at 9AM PST..That is this Wednesday at 9AM (PST)..MS has given us Two MS choices to grow your donation BIG! Read on and Please set your calendar alarm for that day at 9am. 

#1 from MS: Please consider donating on April 16th. All donations up to $1000 will be MATCHED by 50% until the $100,000 available is gone. The project with the most donors will get a $10,000. Bonus!! WOW!!

**Special 50% Donation MATCH next Wednesday,
April 16th - start 9am & ends 9pm (PST)**

                                                         DONATE Here

#2 from MS: ANOTHER MICROSOFT BONUS - DOUBLE WOW - MS will match 100% of NEW recurring donations for the first 3 months if you begin on Wed. April 16th at 9am..That is 100% of donation amount X 3 months...if you were thinking about donating, this would be a good time. Just click on any donate button in this email to get to page and then click on orange DONATE. Choose the recurring donation choice below orange button.
 
We have an opportunity to really grow our donations this Wednesday with the Microsoft YouthSpark campaign. Read it over for one-time - vs - recurring donations please. Donate April 16th if you can.
Thank you -Rae

Click here to go to our Global Giving page April 16.

 YOUR donation provides free education to 105 girls and is greatly appreciated.

   **Start time is 9AM PST for either choice and match money will go fast. 

We all THANK YOU for your  donations to give education to our girls.

Girls who are living a dream believed impossible
Girls who are living a dream believed impossible
THANK YOU FROM OUR STUDENTS
THANK YOU FROM OUR STUDENTS

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New students see books for the first time
New students see books for the first time

Happy Spring Sunshine and Abundant Flowers to you,

Imagine for a minute.....what if...

YOU were born of your mother onto a thin straw mattress on the hard-packed dirt floor of a one room adobe. In the corner is a small rammed-earth stove fueled by animal dung and ready so that your mother can prepare a meal out of whatever is available for your sisters. Three used candles lie on the floor next to the stove for light at night. There is an empty basket for vegetables and nothing else. Her man is gone and now it is up to her to feed your two sisters (under three), plus you. She cries as she looks upon you sadly - another daughter. She believes all females are destined to suffer - if only you were a boy you would have a better life. This mother has no skills, she is uneducated and is unable to provide for children. She is desperate and might give YOU away.

This is not your story, but it is for some of our girls. Those of us women reading this did learn to read early and were educated. Women who can at least read have more possibilities and can learn skills to survive. Our girls will have much more with quality education !

Our students can READ and love to read to others..all thanks to you!!

Please watch for their progress in the CW monthly email updates, and on FaceBook.

Chicuchas Wasi school has been in session for 4 weeks and our new 4 & 5 year olds are looking at a book for the first time, fascinated. The older girls sometimes read to them and watch as their eyes open wide in wonder. Little by little they are learning to read and a whole new world is opening up to them. What they are learning can never be taken away. They will have choices, opportunities and skills for their futures. They are changing already with the newfound knowledge that they will have a better life than the women before them. The older girls demonstrate the confidence and self-esteem that CW preparation and education has given them as they help the little ones adjust to their dream come true.

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If you were thinking of donating to educate girls - APRIL 16th is the DAY to make your donation grow - MICROSOFT is supporting girls with their YouthSpark campaign with a 50% MATCH of all one time donations.

***If you sign up to do a recurring monthly donation - see the additional MS WOW BONUS below***

             Special 50% DONATION MATCH next WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16th
                                   START TIME IS 9am & ends 9pm (PST)

This is a RARE opportunity to grow your donation by 50% to fund education for undervalues girls. Microsoft & GlobalGiving have partnered with the 'MS YouthSpark' campaign and Chicuchas Wasi School will benefit.

                                                            DONATE 

Please consider donating on April 16th at 9am PST-funds will go fast. All donations up to $1000 will be MATCHED by 50% until the $100,000 available is gone. 

Click here to go to our Global Giving page April 16 9AM PST.

            ****Microsoft adds still another Bonus for April 16th****

MS will match 100% of NEW recurring monthly donations for the first 3 months if you start on WED. APRIL 16TH AT 9AM (PST).That is 100% of donation amount every month X 3 months PLUS the 50% match on APRIL 16th...if you were thinking about donating, this would be a good time. Just click on any donate button in this email to get to page and then click on orange DONATE. Choose the recurring donation choice below orange button.

 This is a lot to take in and all because MS has chosen to help projects for girls. Please do the math for one time and recurring donations.Thank you for hanging in there while I describe this incredible offer to you. Please set you calendars to alarm to remind you -Rae

 YOUR donation provides free education to 105 girls and is so greatly appreciated.

THANK YOU for caring about CW girls and giving them a better life.

 

All eyes-Incoming Kindergarten students for 2014
All eyes-Incoming Kindergarten students for 2014
Older students often read to our younger students
Older students often read to our younger students
We can't take reading for granted-many cannot read
We can't take reading for granted-many cannot read
Please donate APRIL 16th 9AM PST
Please donate APRIL 16th 9AM PST
Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls
Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls

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Location: Sonoma, California - USA
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