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
Administrator Ruth Uribe addresses assembly
Administrator Ruth Uribe addresses assembly

CW School is open for 2014

Everywhere summer vacation is anticipated as a fun time for school children, and Cusco children are no different. In Cusco summer school break is Dec. to March and gives everyone a welcome little rest, however, for the staff there are some things best done during this quiet time that cannot easily be dealt with during the busy school year.

Classroom and bathroom maintenance are some of those chores undertaken during this time when the school is otherwise closed. With only two weeks left until the start of school, our dedicated teachers decided to paint their classrooms in bright new colors: peach, lime, cream, orange, etc. to give a fresh new look to start the year. They showed up ready to paint their classrooms with their own vacationing children in tow. This is yet an another example of our incredible CW team and their enthusiastic spirit that filled the last days of Cusco summer with cheerful positive energy ready to begin again on March 3rd, the 2014 school year. Our teachers are well prepared educators and our students are the winners.

Our students are really THRIVING, thanks to YOU!!

On the first day of school the returning students line up for the assembly on the patio grounds and show the incoming kindergarten 4 & 5 year old girls the ropes. In January the teachers completed the curriculum work and all subjects are prepared and ready. Updated text/workbooks are waiting piled in every classroom and the walls are freshly painted bright cheerful colors to dazzle the incoming students, returning students in freshly laundered uniforms hug their classmates as deep bonds are reunited and all make ready for the year.

Administrator Ruth Uribe opens the beginning of CW school year 2014 with the traditional assembly line up, pledge to the flag and the national anthem. The teachers line up behind Ruth to welcome the students back to school and share important announcements for this year. The Peruvian Ministry of Education arrives the first week to introduce a few new additions to the curriculum they are requiring of all schools. The Cooks are busy with shopping, carrying the big sacks of rice, lentils, and other food items to the school, crossing several fields due to never-ending rain now the road to the school is impassible, from the main road with the help of some of the teachers and then preparing the first hot meal of the year.

Life is never dull at the CW school and spirits run high with enthusiasm no matter the challenges. Such is the ongoing way of life in Cusco.

**NOTICE:  Special 50% MATCH DAY April 16th**

RARE opportunity to grow your donation by 50% to fund the CW 2014 school budget. GlobalGiving (partnered with Microsoft's YouthSpark) to offer this big 50% MATCH.

Please click: DONATE HERE -click orange donate button on page

**Please consider donating on April 16th.**

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 start time (PST)- end time is 9pm.

We are still trying to raise this years budget and your donation is greatly appreciated. Start time is 9AM PST and match money will go fast.

We all THANK YOU for your donations to give the gift of education to our girls.Their lives are changing already. 

Opening day assembly of students
Opening day assembly of students
Serious student focused on her assignment
Serious student focused on her assignment
Teachers painting their classrooms
Teachers painting their classrooms
Teacher mixing cheerful color for her classroom
Teacher mixing cheerful color for her classroom
Chicuchas Wasi Logo
Chicuchas Wasi Logo
Eager young students waiting for class
Eager young students waiting for class

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Teachers work together for best results possible
Teachers work together for best results possible

Greetings from Chicuchas Wasi School starts on March 1, 2014

The month of January at Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls is a busy month even though it is the summer vacation for all of the students. Ruth, the CW Administrator/Director, and all of the teachers gather together to discuss and review the school curriculum for every subject for each grade. This is when the specially created texts and workbooks the CW team has created will be updated and prepared for the start of the next school year. Every student will receive a copy of this text/workbook for each subject of her grade level.

This is a mammoth task done each January, but a valuable one to maintain the quality of education that we provide at the CW School. Ruth trains all of the CW teachers in the style of CW education for our students to include interactive activities and group creative problem solving. We stress personal development and academic excellence to prepare future leaders that will one-day change their society towards gender equality. Our students are THRIVING thanks to you!!

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 GLOBAL GIVING MATCH DAY is FEB 12

We are in our major fundraising campaign to fund the 2014 school budget of $130,000. This MATCH is an opportunity to grow your donation by 30% for Chicuchas Wasi on GlobalGiving to support education for our girls. PLease donate and grow your donation.

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The Global Giving Bonus Day is Feb 12 and individual donations up to $1000 will be matched by 30% until the $75,000. available is gone. 

Click here to go to our Global Giving page Feb 12.*6AM start time.

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CW girls truly appreciate the support you always give to keep their school open and free for them...West Coast supporters please know we will send you many kudos for getting up to do this-----Start time at 6am PST and match $$ is gone by 7-8am. Please consider setting your alarms for BONUS days to make your donation grow by 30%.  

I am a night person and getting up early to donate is a lot to ask, I understand.....but for 30% bonus $$...I must try....on Feb 12..please set your alarm for 6am and donate and then go back to sleep...does that work for anyone? The East Coasters have a definite advantage over west coasters so if you are PST- please make this special effort for our girls. 

These workbooks are a mammoth task to write
These workbooks are a mammoth task to write
Girls are ready to begin school
Girls are ready to begin school
Students are using our CW text/workbooks
Students are using our CW text/workbooks
ChicuchasWasi School commitment
ChicuchasWasi School commitment
FEB 12 - Matching Donations START 6am PST
FEB 12 - Matching Donations START 6am PST
Ruth and Students thank you for their education
Ruth and Students thank you for their education

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Promotion Celebration after 8 years at CW School
Promotion Celebration after 8 years at CW School

Chicuchas Wasi is off to a busy start for 2014 - the new year is favoring us :-))

A bright light is shining on our smiling and excited, and just promoted CW school girls who will now move on to public high school. The 8 years with CW has prepared them well to confront the challenges ahead. We will continue to stay in touch with them all, to be sure they do well and continue in school. THANK YOU all for believing in these girls. Just look at these radiant young women, filled with their newly envisioned and possible dreams.

At the promotion ceremony, Ruth gifted each girl with the book you see in their hands: 'The Dreamer' to take with them to High School to remind them to dream and dream big. 

We are so proud of how they have risen above their personal hardships and are looking forward with new eyes, new strength and new confidence. Coming from similar personal backgrounds, these girls have created a deep connection together and will stand by each other in the new school.

Last year's financial crisis was stressful and we seriously worried about the future of Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls, but it also forced us to investigate new ways to fund our small nonprofit.

We discovered online crowdfunding with GlobalGiving and took a chance. YOU also took a chance and joined us and together the financial crisis was averted for 2013. Whew!! GlobalGiving required that we enter their required Challenge last April to raise $3000 in 4 weeks - YOU raised $23,000. We were nervous, but YOU came through with your donations and your faith and trust in CW. The spirit of the support you gave us lifted our spirits, both here in California and in Cusco, Peru too. We were all in this challenge together (north and South) rooting, recruiting and donating and watching support grow online. We proved to GG we were serious about education for our girls.

We didn't need to lay off even one teacher or combine any classes in the end. Thanks to YOU Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls remained open and free to all 100 students in 2013. We add new younger students when the higher grades are promoted and we will have 105 students enrolled for March 1, 2014 when the school year begins in Cusco, Peru.

Last year we learned there are many new modern ways to fund a small nonprofits not blessed with a big endowment fund. We will continue to tell you what works and what does not. Crowd funding does help and can bring in support from new unknown sources. Supporters of CW often send us a link or tell us of a funding organization seeking to help educate girls in developing countries that we would never see. You really do make a difference. We welcome your suggestions as the learning curve is huge and it takes many eyes and ears to for small organizations like CW to continue to thrive.

Thank you doesn't seem big enough to express my personal gratitude for your loyal support to keep the school open for our students who desperately want to learn. Your generosity has given CW a new life and 100 girls new opportunities and the key out of poverty. YOU did this.

Please look at their photos again and feel proud of the lives you have changed.  THANK YOU
Rae Lewis, Founder 
Chicuchas Wasi since 1987

*******GLOBAL GIVING NEWS******

Global Giving has 4 quarterly BONUS Days (matching donation) planned for 2014.

The first Bonus Day is Feb 12 and individual donations up to $1000 will be matched by 30% until the $75,000. available is gone. 
Click here to go to our Global Giving page Feb 12.

We truly love and appreciate you all and --- this is the difficult part for some of our donors on the west coast-----Start time at 6am PST and match $$ is gone by 7-8am. Please consider setting your alarms for BONUS days to make your donation grow by 30%.   For anyone like me, it is a lot to ask.....but....I must....on Feb 12..set your alarm for 6am and donate and then go back to sleep...does that work for anyone?

 

 

The Girls are a tight support group for each other
The Girls are a tight support group for each other
CW School Girls want to say THANK YOU
CW School Girls want to say THANK YOU
Graduating Class say thank you for their education
Graduating Class say thank you for their education
ChicuchasWasi School Commitment
ChicuchasWasi School Commitment
FEB 12 - Matching Donations 6am PST
FEB 12 - Matching Donations 6am PST

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           Chicuchas Wasi wishes you a Prosperous and 
            Happy New Year with Peace and good Health

The Chicuchas Wasi Team began 2013 with serious concerns that we could not raise the basic operating budget of $131,000 for the school. When the CW school was created in 1997, we made a commitment to provide free quality education to every girl enrolled. Cutting teachers or closing the school was a terrible idea we were forced to discuss. 

We searched for new ideas, gave presentations, sent emails to all of our friends and lists, planned a concert fundraiser and then online crowdfunding came into view.

We joined Global Giving online fundraising organization's challenge last April and YOU donated with us. YOU helped us win the $5000 in awards and we slowly chipped away at the budget amount needed. It is true, we all matter and ordinary people can make extraordinary gifts that change the lives of others. YOU came through and we are so very grateful. We didn't fire one teacher or close the school in 2013 and 100 girl's futures are changed forever.

        YOU kept Chicuchas Wasi School for GIrls open in 2013 --
                        
NO words can say THANK YOU enough!

   •••YOU still have 2 DAYS to get the 2013 US tax benefit•••  

Please do remember our students this holiday season with your year-end donation to educate girls whose lives are literally in our hands. Your donation will change their futures. Educated girls will not live a life of poverty, oppression and abuse as the women before them have been forced to endure because they had no education and no skills to provide for themselves or their children. 

 We have just kicked off our annual fundraiser to meet the new school budget for 2014 needed to keep CW doors open, teachers paid and education free to every student. Please consider becoming a monthly donor. See the pie below to learn how we use your donations.

                             Thank YOU to you all


These girls value your gift of education
These girls value your gift of education
Our first graduating class will go far
Our first graduating class will go far
CW School for Girls 2014 operating budget
CW School for Girls 2014 operating budget

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Chicuchas Wasi wishes you, your family and extended family a holiday season of laughter, joy and love shared.

We also wish you the joy of giving back and bringing happiness to others less fortunate this year. More than in past years, this holiday seasons began a month earlier with 2 pounds of shopping ads in the local paper and little about all the kind and caring things that people are doing this season. The UN iniated 'Giving Tuesday' to remind us all that this season is about more than shopping. This is a time when ordinary people can make extraordinary gifts of change in the lives of others. Put a smile in your heart now and receive the incredible joy of giving.

Please Donate today and receive year-end tax benefit.

YOU are very much appreciated for all you do for our students. Thank you!

At our Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls, a Christmas celebration is brought to the school by a local tour company, Amazonas, and they bring the spirit of Christmas to the entire school with hot chocolate, sweet panetone bread and a gift for every one of our girls. This is the only gift most will receive. Look at the joy in the faces of each student as they soak up the love being given to them by the staff from Amazonas and from CW. This celebration every year is orgainzed by Efrain Valles, an early CW resident from 27 years ago when CW had a shelter for abandoned children and who is today a responsible family man with 3 children of his own and an active board member of CW Shool for Girls in Cusco. We are very proud of him and the man he has become. 

YOU have kept CW school operating. No words can thank you enough. Because you care about education for impoverished and ignored girls, Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls still exists in spite of tough global times. Please do remember us this season with your year-end donation to educate girls whose lives are literally in our hands. Your donation will change their futures. Together we are making a huge difference for them forever. They will not live a life of poverty, oppression and abuse as the women before them have been forced to endure because they had no education and no skills to provide for themselves or their children. We began Chicuchas Wasi in 1987 to provide emergency shelter to children living on the streets and sleeping in doorways. Their mothers also could not read or write and had no work skills and in desperation abandoned their children. My commitment and passion to keep CW going is because I too am a mother and was born to better circumstances for which I am forever grateful.

We have just kicked off our annual fundraiser to meet the school budget for 2014 needed to keep CW doors open, teachers paid and education free to every student.

 Please see the PIE image showing how we spend your donations below, and make a Holiday donation to educate our worthy girls. CW is a 501 (c) 3 and can offer the tax benefit for 2013 for all donations.

All of us at Chicuchas Wasi School send our love and gratitude and many blessings to you all. 

PLEASE DONATE today... Thank you

Most likely her only christmas gift
Most likely her only christmas gift
CW is transparent on GuideStar and Great Nonprofit
CW is transparent on GuideStar and Great Nonprofit
Gift of love from Amazonas Travel Co.Hot Chocolate
Gift of love from Amazonas Travel Co.Hot Chocolate
Our Efrain organizes this party and more yearly
Our Efrain organizes this party and more yearly
A Xmas present for every girl at CW school. Thanks
A Xmas present for every girl at CW school. Thanks

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Chicuchas Wasi

Location: Sonoma, California - USA
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Diana Rae Lewis
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Sonoma, CA United States
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