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
Prayer for all Beings
Prayer for all Beings

To YOU, our loyal friends and supporters,

Not a day goes by that we don't think of you, and pray you are escaping the Pandemic we all are confronting. Many of you have had first-hand experience visiting the school and meeting the girls and I want to report all are well.
All of us at the Chicuchas Wasi organization, Cusco school staff and the California Administration team feel, as you must also, the devastating pain of so much loss of life globally. We hold you all in our hearts and pray this universal pray that you have not suffered the loss of loved ones or any other hardships due to these times. We will get through this - all of us - together


The CW girls remember the fun they have in school playing with the friendships developed over several years and deeply miss their trusted buddies and their home-away-from home Their Beautiful CW School. The silver lining with all the family at home in lock-down, is that family relationships have mostly improved greatly. The teachers do talk regularly with the parents on the phone and will soon do home visits to help parents deepen their role in helping the girls not get lazy and forget classes. Our parents are unschooled with few exceptions, so they are learning the assignments alongside their younger daughters. The older girls are used to doing their assignments so ask the teacher by phone for help as needed. 

Like all of us the Pandemic has upset the lives we were used to and we are all adapting. We hope the lock-down in Cusco will ease up soon so that family bread winners can go try to find work again. 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, but I do not expect the borders will open to foreign tourists, a frightening thought, and open the flood gates too fast. We will keep our girls home however, and how we do that will be in the next news update. We can not return to our school as ruled by the Ministry of Education in Peru. All school will be closed until the 2021 March school year.

                   Home school during CoVid includes:

Three cheers for the cell phone in the CoVid era. Students frequently talk to their teachers on the cell phone during Cusco's stay-at-home law in effect. This is how we are managing the home school with no technology available to our families. Our girls are excited to share their lesson progress with their teacher almost daily. Our teachers are passionate and determined that all the girls will not miss any subjects and will be able to continue March 2021 to the next grade level.

Protecting the Environment
Girls empowerment is infused into every subject and event at our school - even at home. CW girls interview family members with a pretend microphone about protecting the environment. They ask how they are supporting the environment and to explain what they do to help. Some of these stories are recorded with some cell phones to place on Facebook. The entire family is learning to separate, recycle and reuse plastic, bottles, and recycle for other use, also not to burn trees. 
 
English Lesson
Girls take advantage of family members to practice their English lessons at home and the recordings are really good, sadly unable to place videos in these updates. Our girls speak three languages: Quechua their indigenous first language, Spanish and now English that will always give them a job in the Tourist town of Cusco. There is a win-win that happens as the girls learn to share their lessons with siblings and parents…all learn along with the CW students. Below are cute clips of a video of 3rd grade Emeline happily teaching English to her siblings, even the little one learns English. CW girls are really enjoying English lessons with Professor Efrain who is a natural with the girls. 

Academic subjects at home
The entire learning adventure is mostly fun (so far) and most are digging in to the assignment and pleasing themselves and their teachers with their success by calling them all hours of the day and night. However, not all are able to stick-to-it and manage alone without parental help, some require more assistance to not fall backwards this school year. Below is an image of teacher Pamela in white standing (mom is behind her) and two sisters (both CW students) that need more help at home.

Scroll down to see more images of the girls working at homeThe mother or father is often holding up the phone and asking them questions. It is interesting to note that our CW girls are the first in their families to attend school at all. The silver lining of stay at home school is the parents are learning along with the girls as they do their lessons. See the image below of the student Karolina's Infograaph about Peruvian animals that are now extinct.
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"I cannot say it enough. CW has the most incredible and dedicated team of teachers, cooks and bus driver Simeon that is possible and rarely does a teaching staff unite to this degree. What a blessing and satisfaction for us all. This is humanity at its best. " - Rae Lewis

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The CW Emergency Food Program

The coronavirus has created another challenge for our families. Lock-down (Marshall Law in Peru) at home means no one is working and this is devastating for our impoverished families. Lack of Basic Nutrition will effect the growth and development of our young girls. CW Admin. Ruth and staff created an Emergency food program with basic food packages a top priority. You cannot learn while your stomach growls.

In the midst of Peru's CoVid lock-down, Ruth realized that to buy enough food for 30+ families many hands will be needed to buy and carry the food basics like: canned milk, lentils, beans, and pasta; bus driver Simeon, Ruth and cook Saeya all dressed in hazmat protective outfits must enter the unsafe but busy crowded open-market. 

A quick trip back to CW school to sort out the food for each family package and once more the CW bus was loaded up with these emergency food packages to hand out to the parents waiting at the gate of the food market and unnoticed by the police. We are adapting to the rules as they change to assure we can deliver the emergency food. 

Since the emergency food program will most likely be needed the rest of 2020, Ruth is now buying in larger quantity and using a classroom to separate and prepare packages for our families. This type of bulk shopping from a food staples-store deals only in bulk so no families shop there eliminating a crowd or 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 begun to come in specifically to feed the CW families at home.

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

Please see Simeon's wife and daughter husking the just harvested Purple corn image shown below that is unique to the Andes and grown at the school.  Another Amazing example of our team!

Young CW student doing lesson
Young CW student doing lesson
Infograph about Peruvian extinct animals
Infograph about Peruvian extinct animals
Learning control of writing letters
Learning control of writing letters
Father helps his young daughter
Father helps his young daughter
English practice with siblings
English practice with siblings
Teacher sneaks out to check on student in lockdown
Teacher sneaks out to check on student in lockdown
School harvest of Andean Purple corn
School harvest of Andean Purple corn
School Bus loaded for emergency food delivery
School Bus loaded for emergency food delivery

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Joselyn 4th grader dances and sings in her village
Joselyn 4th grader dances and sings in her village

We have LOVE, incredible solidarity and creative new ways to educate rural girls in Peru...

We are all caught up in the news swirling around us each day, fed by the CoVid global activity. No one has escaped hearing the awful stories. You must be feeling the heavy weight and constant stress of this crisis, we all do. I pray that you and your loved ones and friends are well and staying at home and masked as I, my family, CW girls and team are. People want to return to "NORMAL" and are too quick to throw caution to the wind. However, many are being cautious and going slow to protect their families and it seems to be helping to slow the spread.

I hope the stories I will share in this news update will lift your spirits a little as the virus is slowing down. You will be amazed at how our girls can make your heart sing. I am unable to put videos in this news update, but I am including still clips and some of the text to explain them - a link to the CW FaceBook videos is below. Please click on it - will make you smile - a lot.

Ruth told me that three of our girls needed to return to their distant family villages where their families are farmers and can provie food for them. We plan to make a road trip to these 3 villages with their teachers soon to see how the girls are doing on their assignments - until they can return. They have no electricity or any modern comforts in these villages.

Joselyn is one of these girls, in the 4th grade and has to travel to her community for social isolation. From the village she did her assignment on art and culture. She had to create a song, "I love you so much" for the period of stay home in Cusco. Here she is singing and dancing with her brother, her song in Quechua:

"Sister brother don't go out on the street,
The strong crown virus is walking there.", repeat and repeat..

Please visit our CW FaceBook page for more stories and great viseos too big to put in the news update.

https://www.facebook.com/chicuchaswasi/

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We are learning every day how to better teach the lessons with limited tools. Our more local CW girls are so enthusiastic about showing their teacher their completed assignments on the phone, that the teachers all joke they had to set some limits. A teacher's workday, using the phone, has become all day and each girl eagerly calls her beloved teacher for encouragement and to show off her work. Each teacher has 15 to 18 students per class and you can imagine that one-on-one telephone time is now a busy activity - teachers joke they had to put a cut off time of 10:00 pm, since teachers must sleep too. CW home visits will begin as soon as lock-down is lifted a bit.

Our teachers are quick to jump in to pack the emergency food supplies that many of our local families depend on, even while they tend to their own families too. Our parents are more united together and with the tachers than ever - they are helping (and learning) along with their daughters. The participation is incredible and has improved family relationships enormously. Our parents are ready to come to the school to harvest the remainder of the vegetables and plant the next crop as soon as they are allowed to leave home.

I cannot say it enough. CW has the most incredible and dedicated team of teachers, cooks and bus driver Simeon that is possible and rarely does a teaching staff unite to this degree. What a blessing and satisfaction for us all. This is humanity at its best.

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Mother's Day in Peru is huge and special to honor Mothers. Our CW girls wrote poems, sang songs, and spoke lovinly to their mothers who sat in front of them to listen, then hugs were shared all around. These images are all clips from the sweet videos that I know you will enjoy and see a bit of the reality at home for our girls. Please click on the link below to see and listen to them all. One girl tells her mother:

"Today I dedicate a poem to my mamita

"Mamita you are very good, very affectionate to me
My Mamita is the moon, and the sun and all the stars around us
If I am not with my mamita, I am with my aunt.
Happy Day Mamita."

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The CW Emergency Food Adventure 
In the midst of Peru's CoVid lock-down, Ruth realized that to buy enough food for 30+ families many hands will be needed to buy and carry the food basics like: canned milk, lentils, beans, and pasta out of the market; driver Simeon, Ruth and one teacher all dressed in hazmat protective outfits entered the busy crowded open-market to shop. A quick trip back to school to sort out the food for each family package and once more the CW bus was loaded up with these emergency food packages to hand out to the parents waiting at the gate of the food market and somehow not noticed by the police. This is the new method - two classes at a time is manageable.

We still have more vegitables to harvest soon at the school. Just amazing!
In Closing:
*Our two
 pregnant teachers have both (a month apart) delivered healthy babies.  
*CW school will continue with home school classes for the entire 2020 school year. Our teachers have no intention of letting our girls slide backwards – CW students will continue to learn lessons at their grade level, so they will not lose the year academically. 

* The CW emergency food program is finding its rhythm, feeding developing minds and bodies during this Pandemic. 
                               THANK YOU
               for sticking with us to EDUCATE
                 and FEED HUNGRY GIRLS 
girls sing for mother's day to mamitas
girls sing for mother's day to mamitas
Back in village student recites her poem for mama
Back in village student recites her poem for mama
student sings to honor her mother, Mother's day
student sings to honor her mother, Mother's day
A song daughter sang for mamita
A song daughter sang for mamita
Ruth in Hazmat ready to go to market with helpers
Ruth in Hazmat ready to go to market with helpers
Teachers, Ruth at school sorting food for families
Teachers, Ruth at school sorting food for families
Simeon driver and another teacher on market run
Simeon driver and another teacher on market run

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Serious student doing assignments at home
Serious student doing assignments at home

Love, incredible solidarity and creativity have opened new ways to educate rural girls in Peru.

Chicuchas Wasi girls and the entire CW team are just amazing, they refuse to let any obstacle interfere with the mission of CW. The 126 students, alumnae girls, the teachers and staff, and Administrator Ruth and assistant admin. Gloria are well and safely hunkered down. Girls do their assignments at home as shown in these photos. The staff has come together via Zoom and telephone to create and establish a good plan. All immediately knew that food would be the urgent priority that the girls and their families face now due to their extreme poverty, no work and no social services. 

Last month I reported that the school year opened on March 2 for 2020 and lasted just one week. Due to CoVid-19, the government of Peru placed the country in lock-down with a stay-at-home order to protect the people. Everyone has been staying home and honoring the cerfew after 6 pm - that is enforced. Ruth and I talk almost daily and she believes that the stay-at-home order will continue another 2 weeks. Women are allowed to go to the market 2 times a week and this gave the team the opening to attack the most urgent need. Food first.

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

While teachers taught classes and received the images of girl's school work, staff living close to the school got busy. They took advantage of the allowed market day for parents to meet outside the market and find the CW school bus. Simeon (bus driver, resident security of the school, handyman too) and Saida and Margarita (the cooks who live near the school) prepared 36 packages of basic food from the school pantry plus the CW harvest to give to the families with most urgent need. The bus was loaded up with these 36 packages and Simeon then drove the bus to meet them outside the market and to avoid the police. The supplies were received with much emotion and gratitude from the families. Just telling this story fills me with emotion and gratitude that we are able to save lives from severe malnutrition and make a difference for our CW families.

Leading up to the loading of the bus with food supplies, much more went on behind the scenes. Our amazing team understands that everyone is needed to get through this crisis. Their solidarity and passion is demonstrated as they volunteer to do almost anything that will help. Every inch of land around the school was planted at the end of last year with potatoes, peas and beets and was ready to harvest. Since the parents cannot come to the school to harvest this crop, Simeon (bus driver and all-round handyman) and the two cooks harvested the crop and prepared the 36 packages and loaded up the bus since they were the only ones close to the school. Now the CW pantry is empty, but Ruth plans to purchase more food basics like: canned mlk, lentils, beans and pasta for our other CW families. Also we still have more to harvest soon at the school  Just amazing!

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One of our 2 pregnant teachers, Jessica, just delivered a baby girl in the hospital and both are healthy and safe. CW school will continue home school for the entire 2020 school year. Our teachers have no intention of letting our girls slide backwards – CW students will continue to learn lessons at their grade level, so they will not lose the year academically. 

                  THANK YOU

for sticking with us to EDUCATE GIRLS

Order CW student doing her assigned work at home
Order CW student doing her assigned work at home
Student holds her work to be be sent to teacher
Student holds her work to be be sent to teacher
New to school this little one is just learning
New to school this little one is just learning
4th or 5th grade student digging deep into assign.
4th or 5th grade student digging deep into assign.
CW bus loaded ready to deliver food to families
CW bus loaded ready to deliver food to families
All mothers receive a bag of emergency basics
All mothers receive a bag of emergency basics
36 mothers receive emergency food
36 mothers receive emergency food

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First day of school excitement on March 2
First day of school excitement on March 2

LOVE is still the driving FORCE for us all at Chicuchas Wasi - even when Peru is drawn into the GLOBALPANDEMIC.  (I apologize for forgetting to add the images for the story- so added here)

It is the first day of school March 2, 2020 and every girl is ready to get to work in her classroom with her teacher and ready for 2020. Ruth greets the girls in front of the homemade sign that says "Today I am happy because I am home." CW teachers are lined up smiling on the terrace responding to the eyes focused on them. Giggles and excitement are bursting in the air all week and the party atmosphere little girls love is full of hugs, hugs and more hugs.

Things can change so fast and the next week everything did. The Peru Government sent an order that because of the global pandemic, CoVid-19 virus, Peru is in lock down and all schools and business must close. Anyone on the street will be placed in jail.  It is more like a Marshall law and nobody dares to complain or argue.

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Normally I send the Chicuchas Wasi update early each month throughout the school year. But this news put us all in instant overwhelm. The school team jumped in to prepare the parents and the girls to know what to do and why. All were instructed in how to prevent getting sick and spreading the virus: hand washing, coughing & sneezing into elbow, standing 6 feet away from friends and others, no hugging or sharing food or school supplies. At the parent meeting Ruth taught these prevention instruction and teachers delivered the same to the girls in their classrooms.

Preparing for home schooling, each teacher prepared a notebook for each student with daily assignments for the next month. Teachers will be in touch with the girls by cell phone that girls now have (set up by the psychologist for emergencies) and will be able to talk to their teachers regarding assignment issues.

Our girls have no internet connection, laptops or iPads at home, so the notebook will provide the ability to continue to study and receive any help they might need by phone. In a developing country like Peru, the best we can do is teach how to not get sick. The community we serve are high at risk for uncontrolled spread of the CoVid and death as we have already seen in the states. This Marshall Law type of shutting down all of Peru will save a lot of lives and is a no nonsense way to get the people to comply, since the police will take them to jail if found on the street.
 
All of the CW School team, Ruth and Gloria and the girls are well. No one is sick.  Our bus driver-handyman, Simeon, is living and is security now for the school. Our CW staff depends on their CW paycheck to survive economically and CW continues to pay all permanent staff in their new role as home school teachers during this crisis.
         

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In the few days before we closed the school the girls took the opportunity to thank their beloved EfrainValles who provided the swing set posts, some tourists to contribute to the school playground area, so the parents could finish the ground and final details of the playground equipment next to the primary school. The sign is thanking Efrain for always there to help the girls. He has been a member of Chicuchas Wasi for 33 years and the most active board member in CW Peru ever.
                                  THANK YOU Efrain & CW Parents
                
                               THANK YOU LOYAL SUPPORTERS
                                         OF GIRLS EDUCATION

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Girls share giggles hugs so happy to be home again
Girls share giggles hugs so happy to be home again
Workbooks are notebooks and class begins day one.
Workbooks are notebooks and class begins day one.
Parents prepare playground for new ground cover
Parents prepare playground for new ground cover
Parents, volunteers and Efrain plan completion
Parents, volunteers and Efrain plan completion
School thank Efrain support for grasslike cover
School thank Efrain support for grasslike cover

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LOVE is still the driving FORCE for us all at Chicuchas Wssi - even when Peru is drawn into the GLOBALPANDEMIC.

It is the first day of school March 2, 2020 and every girl is ready to get to work in her classroom with her teacher and ready for 2020. Ruth greets the girls in front of the homemade sign that says "Today I am happy because I am home." CW teachers are lined up smiling on the terrace responding to the eyes focused on them. Giggles and excitement are bursting in the air all week and the party atmosphere little girls love is full of hugs, hugs and more hugs.

Things can change so fast and the next week everything did. The Peru Government sent an order that because of the global pandemic, CoVid-19 virus, Peru is in lock down and all schools and business must close. Anyone on the street will be placed in jail.  It is more like a Marshall law and nobody dares to complain or argue.

                                          How did Chicuchas Wasi begin?

                                         Read the entire story in the new

                                     "JUMP ON THE LOVE TRAIN" book 
                                        www.chicuchaswasi.org/book/

Normally I send the Chicuchas Wasi update early each month throughout the school year. But this news put us all in instant overwhelm. The school team jumped in to prepare the parents and the girls to know what to do and why. All were instructed in how to prevent getting sick and spreading the virus: hand washing, coughing & sneezing into elbow, standing 6 feet away from friends and others, no hugging or sharing food or school supplies. At the parent meeting Ruth taught these prevention instruction and teachers delivered the same to the girls in their classrooms.

Preparing for home schooling, each teacher prepared a notebook for each student with daily assignments for the next month. Teachers will be in touch with the girls by cell phone that girls now have (set up by the psychologist for emergencies) and will be able to talk to their teachers regarding assignment issues.

Our girls have no internet connection, laptops or iPads at home, so the notebook will provide the ability to continue to study and receive any help they might need by phone. In a developing country like Peru, the best we can do is teach how to not get sick. The community we serve are high at risk for uncontrolled spread of the CoVid and death as we have already seen in the states. This Marshall Law type of shutting down all of Peru will save a lot of lives and is a no nonsense way to get the people to comply, since the police will take them to jail if found on the street.
 
All of the CW School team, Ruth and Gloria and the girls are well. No one is sick.  Our bus driver-handyman, Simeon, is living and is security now for the school. Our CW staff depends on their CW paycheck to survive economically and CW continues to pay all permanent staff in their new role as home school teachers during this crisis.
         

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

In the few days before we closed the school the girls took the opportunity to thank their beloved EfrainValles who provided the swing set posts, some tourists to contribute to the school playground area, so the parents could finish the ground and final details of the playground equipment next to the primary school. The sign is thanking Efrain for always there to help the girls. He has been a member of Chicuchas Wasi for 33 years and the most active board member in CW Peru ever.
                                  THANK YOU Efrain & CW Parents
                
                               THANK YOU LOYAL SUPPORTERS
                                         OF GIRLS EDUCATION

                                               *****************

                               **Please BUY the CW STORY**
                                "JUMP ON THE LOVE TRAIN"
                               a fundraiser to EDUCATE GIRLS
                                 WWW.chicuchaswasi.org/book/
                           100% of the proceeds go to the school
                                    

                    We are grateful for all you do for CW Girls

 

 

 

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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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