Educate 130 Girls in Cusco for Economic Survival

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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
Alumnae girls (46 in 2018) meet with Psychologist
Alumnae girls (46 in 2018) meet with Psychologist

CW has 46 grads who still need us...

Last year we at the Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls were abruptly alerted, with the death of 15 year old Alumna Xiomara, to the reality that our 36 CW Alumnae girls attending public high school were ALL experiencing serious emotional stress and parental pressure to quit school and earn money for the family. Some told us they suffered physical abuse and felt very alone without the immediate go-to CW support and mentoring they received before they graduated. They came to us in mass asking for help and to become part of CW in a deeper way - specifically they asked for a psychologists help. We mobilized immediately and created a new program to address these issues.

Dr Alejandro is a wonderful and sensitive psychologist who joined our team created the 'Xiomara Program' for our Alumnae that has proven very effective. We are also working more with the CW girls and parents to better prepare them for the issues the older girls have revealed. For more than 20 years working to bring gender equality in education to underserved girls, this is a slow process with an undereducated and poor rural population with severe dysfunction in their domestic lives.

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*PLEASE DONATE TODAY*

"It is a proven fact that educating girls makes a difference and CW does an amazing job. I met Rae when I moved to Peru in 1982 and have been following the progress of the school and am a monthly donor." - Donor review

Dr. Alejandro, the school psychologist, meets every Thursday after school in his home with the Alumnae girls first for a snack. They then present and discuss the most pressing problems they are facing. Dr Alejandro has come up with several small business ideas to relieve the financial pressure on them to contribute to the family economy and still stay in school. The girls have learned to make fabric dolls to sell while discussing smaller issues as they work. A volunteer pastry chef is teaching the girls to make cakes to sell and with the sale of the cakes and their hand-made dolls they will be able to earn some money to help their families. The domestic dysfunction is covered in weekly/monthly meeting with parents and more often with the girls in small groups or individually as needed. Dr. Alejandro has given each girl his private cell number and is on call 24/7 for them in an emergency.

We now have 46 Alumnae girls with the addition of the 10 new grads. The CW school girls are also benefiting from Dr Alejandro's work with the high school girls and better able to prepare the younger girls for future hurdles in public high school. We will soon have to split the growing Alumnae group into smaller groups to be able to give voice to each girl.

PLEASE DONATE TODAY

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-110-poor-girls-in-cusco-for-economic-survival/
Our younger CW school girls also have their time with Dr Alejandro to confront their family problems and to prepare them in advance of graduation for the reality of public school. He meets with the parents of the CW girls monthly or more often if needed to address any issues that come up in one-to-one private meetings or group talks with the students. He is on-call to address any urgent problem that Director Ruth is concerned about.

Dr Alejandro's various programs (for the primary school girls, the Alumnae girls and both sets of parents) has made a huge difference in the school, for staff, parents and especially for the girls. Our girl have been able to open up to each other and to Dr Alejandro about any serious problems and they are being addressed by him with the parents. The student bond and support for one another and CW staff continues to grow stronger.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS
YOU MAKE CHICUCHAS WASI SCHOOL POSSIBLE.

Dr. Alejandro organizing meeting with girls
Dr. Alejandro organizing meeting with girls
Psychologist meeting with group of parents.
Psychologist meeting with group of parents.
CW's 8 of the 10 grads in 2017
CW's 8 of the 10 grads in 2017
Snack time at Dr. Alejandros home before meeting
Snack time at Dr. Alejandros home before meeting
Far away answers to her questions
Far away answers to her questions

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Alumnae girls (46 in 2018) meet with Psychologist
Alumnae girls (46 in 2018) meet with Psychologist

CW has 46 grads who still need us...

Last year we at the Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls were abruptly alerted, with the death of 15 year old Alumna Xiomara, to the reality that our 36 CW Alumnae girls attending public high school were ALL experiencing serious emotional stress and parental pressure to quit school and earn money for the family. Some told us they suffered physical abuse and felt very alone without the immediate go-to CW support and mentoring they received before they graduated. They came to us in mass asking for help and to become part of CW in a deeper way - specifically they asked for a psychologists help. We mobilized immediately and created a new program to address these issues. 

Dr Alejandro is a wonderful and sensitive psychologist who joined our team created the 'Xiomara Program' for our Alumnae that has proven very effective. We are also working more with the CW girls and parents to better prepare them for the issues the older girls have revealed.  For more than 20 years working to bring gender equality in education to underserved girls, this is a slow process with an undereducated and poor rural population with severe dysfunction in their domestic lives. 

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

                                   *PLEASE DONATE TODAY*

"It is a proven fact that educating girls makes a difference and CW does an amazing job. I met Rae when I moved to Peru in 1982 and have been following the progress of the school and am a monthly donor." - Donor review

Dr. Alejandro, the school psychologist, meets every Thursday after school in his home with the Alumnae girls first for a snack. They then present and discuss the most pressing problems they are facing. Dr Alejandro has come up with several small business ideas to relieve the financial pressure on them to contribute to the family economy and still stay in school. The girls have learned to make fabric dolls to sell while discussing smaller issues as they work. A volunteer pastry chef is teaching the girls to make cakes to sell and with the sale of the cakes and their hand-made dolls they will be able to earn some money to help their families. The domestic dysfunction is covered in weekly/monthly meeting with parents and more often with the girls in small groups or individually as needed. Dr. Alejandro has given each girl his private cell number and is on call 24/7 for them in an emergency.

We now have 46 Alumnae girls with the addition of the 10 new grads. The CW school girls are also benefiting from Dr Alejandro's work with the high school girls and better able to prepare the younger girls for future hurdles in public high school. We will soon have to split the growing Alumnae group into smaller groups to be able to give voice to each girl.  

                             PLEASE DONATE TODAY

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-110-poor-girls-in-cusco-for-economic-survival/
Our younger CW school girls also have their time with Dr Alejandro to confront their family problems and to prepare them in advance of graduation for the reality of public school. He meets with the parents of the CW girls monthly or more often if needed to address any issues that come up in one-to-one private meetings or group talks with the students. He is on-call to address any urgent problem that Director Ruth is concerned about.

Dr Alejandro's various programs (for the primary school girls, the Alumnae girls and both sets of parents) has made a huge difference in the school, for staff, parents and especially for the girls. Our girl have been able to open up to each other and to Dr Alejandro about any serious problems and they are being addressed by him with the parents. The student bond and support for one another and CW staff continues to grow stronger. 

             THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS
     YOU MAKE CHICUCHAS WASI SCHOOL POSSIBLE.
Dr. Alejandro organizing meeting with girls
Dr. Alejandro organizing meeting with girls
Psychologist meeting with group of parents.
Psychologist meeting with group of parents.
CW's 8 of the 10 grads in 2017
CW's 8 of the 10 grads in 2017
Snack time at Dr. Alejandros home before meeting
Snack time at Dr. Alejandros home before meeting
Far away answers to her questions
Far away answers to her questions

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Parents collect plastic bottles for project
Parents collect plastic bottles for project

CW active parents solve a problem..

Cusco parents (especially in the rural areas) have believed for generations that educating girls is a waste of time, BUT that long held attitude is changing within our Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls community. After 20 years of CW School presence working to bring gender equality in education to underserved girls, our parents see a change in their daughters and families and come together to find a solution for the hot Andean sun beating down on their daughters...

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CW girls are often the first females in their family, mothers, grandmothers, aunties who came before them, to be able to go to school. This is a huge achievement for families of the rural community we serve.

The enthusiasm and pride they show in their daughters achievements is apparent as they attend and participate in the parent classes at the school to learn about responsible parenting and how to protect their daughters. They ask questions during the psychological meetings and are changing their behavior slowly improving their domestic live - all improving the girls abilities to do well academically.

During the January / February CW school summer vacation, our parents are busy working to solve structural school problems by creating special projects for the benefit of the school.  One such project was to block the hot sun over the school main patio - 1/2 the size of a football field, so that their daughters would not be subject to heat stroke under the hot Andean sun while performing a theatrical history project the girls will present to the entire student body, teachers and parents. The result is this very clever use of recycled bottles that now covers the patio and provides shade. 
This project cost is only pennies to complete and will cover the entire large patio and a smaller patio where school events take place, casting a welcome shadow over the girls and audience. Parents and students have collected plastic bottles, washed them out and painted the inside different colors to block the sun. They then strung them creating a long line to reach across the patio, line by line to block the sun. This was very creative, effective and used only recycled plastic throw-away bottles. Everyone wins including mother earth.
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Here is another example of what the parents do to make the school successful for their daughters. We have created a community where all the participants are learning and growing because of their participation. This is a win win for all.

Parents create a school vegetable garden each year taking advantage of the rains and supply the school meal program with many fresh vegetables that grow in the fertile soil of rural Cusco. They planted and then returned to harvest the corn, potatoes, cabbage and other vegetables.

These are just a few ways our parents are learning to value their own skills and their growing desire to help their daughters.  Our parents live is absolute poverty without the material things we take for granted, but they have found that they can contribute to their daughters education by working with the other parents to create needed projects they can do, like painting the school over the summer. Another win win for all.  
We appreciate our active parents at the school
                                 
                         THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS
            YOU MAKE CHICUCHAS WASI SCHOOL POSSIBLE.

So many expand who they are and benefit personally from our special school for girls - because of the changes they see in our students, like their parents, siblings who learn from their sisters, cousins and stories they share with neighbors. 

For the 2018 school year we will be adding 36 new kinder students. We graduated 11 to high school in December of 2017. We will have approx. 140 students this year.
Hot sun requires big floppy hats for girls
Hot sun requires big floppy hats for girls
Parents work together to string up bottle shade
Parents work together to string up bottle shade
Bottle string lines are being hung for shade
Bottle string lines are being hung for shade
Plastic bottle shade effect over small patio area
Plastic bottle shade effect over small patio area
Parents plant school garden for meal program
Parents plant school garden for meal program
Chicuchas Wasi School: THANK YOU
Chicuchas Wasi School: THANK YOU

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Recycled creative artwork
Recycled creative artwork

A look at the CW 2017 school year   

Ruth reports on the Chicuchas Wasi School Year 2017...

"Our objectives set forth at the start of the year were satisfactorily fulfilled, and all 115 girls were promoted to their next grade level. To achieve this our teachers had to work in an extraordinary way, searching for unique strategies to achieve our objectives. Within our special projects, CW maintains its focus on personal development and using the creative arts (like theater and recycling projects) to discover hidden talents, personal expression and self-esteem. CW put out an invitation and a professional theater director from Lima, in Cusco temporarily, volunteered to work with the girls reinforcing our work." -Ruth Uribe, Director of CW School

"This year we pushed harder on our reading program with the knowledge that reading is an important tool for life that we are fostering in our girls. Recent visitors from Martin Currie of Scotland were impressed with the reading expansion plan and donated the funds to expand our library to meet the needs of our girls - THANK YOU!  " We will have a REAL fully supplied library of diverse books soon. -Ruth

"October is the month we recognize the achievements with special presentations and awards for the most researched and expressed types of text, involving girls from Kindergarten through 6th grades. Parents were invited to witness the impressive academic achievements of their daughters." - Ruth

       ***PLEASE DONATE to keep CW education FREE to our 115 girls ***

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"We were also visited again by our friend Manuel, a young Peruvian Dietition from SanFrancisco, California, who has been raising funds for our nutritious lunch program. Manuel came back in December to deliver a symbolic check." - Ruth     
THANK YOU MANUEL


Our CW school support program with a professional psychologist has made a big difference to educate parents on how to improve understanding without emotional and physical punishment for a better relationship with their daughters. Parents, CW girls and teachers and all have become much more trusting and open about their problems which enables the girls to relieve the stress in their home reality. Our social worker makes surprise home visits to observe progress or identify if more action is needed. This program has been the much needed help our girls have asked for and now receive. THANK YOU Pamela.
                

                      ***Our heartfelt THANK YOU from our 115 CW girls***
Muchas Gracias from Ruth & Rae, the Cusco CW team (and California team too)

Hi protein school hot meal
Hi protein school hot meal
Class work is serious stuff
Class work is serious stuff
5th grade girls share environmental project
5th grade girls share environmental project
6th graders enjoy friendship over lunch
6th graders enjoy friendship over lunch
Love of Reading and more BOOKS coming
Love of Reading and more BOOKS coming
Student gazes off thinking....
Student gazes off thinking....

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Our 4 & 5 y/o kinder girls are SO excited
Our 4 & 5 y/o kinder girls are SO excited
Only 4 days to receive your CW donation tax credit until 12/31/17 

Meet a few of the enthusiastic 115 Chicuchas Wasi School Girls you have supported in 2017. Beginning at age 4 and up to age 12, we provide an education their own mothers were unable to receive. This is thanks to all of the incredible people like YOU who value education for poor GIRLS even when their society and culture does not.

CW school, at the end of each Peruvian academic school year, gives every student an earned Diploma to prove that they completed and passed on to the next grade level. This honors their accomplishment with this proof that they have been to school also should their parents move too far for them to attend CW - this occasionally happens. Here our youngest girls (not in red uniforms) proudly hold up their diplomas. When they are promoted to the first grade they will receive their red uniforms identifying them as a CW primary school student. The upper grades also receive their diplomas through the 6th grade when they graduate and move on to public high school.

Ruth stands next to one student who has been part of CW since she was 5 years old and proudly hands this high achieving 2017 graduating student a special diploma acknowledging her dedication to her education. She will go far.

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                               PLEASE DONATE TODAY

                    **Still there is time for the tax credit**

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

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This is a bittersweet moment for the graduating class of 2017 as they move on and leave the loving arms of their special home away from home for many 6-8 years. These 6th grade girls will leave CW School for Girls to move on to public High School - yes, but they will also join the 37 CW graduates currently in high school and become members of the CW Alumnae Sisterhood who meet weekly with the the CW psychologist for support over a lunch meetings in his home. These girls will continue to be part of their beloved school and receive the support otherwise lacking in their lives.  Thanks to YOU!

5 y/o is READY!
5 y/o is READY!
CW High achiever will move on to High School
CW High achiever will move on to High School
First in her family line of women to go to school
First in her family line of women to go to school
Bittersweet moment-graduating to public HighSchool
Bittersweet moment-graduating to public HighSchool
Grads pass on advice to the young kinder girls
Grads pass on advice to the young kinder 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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