Parent lecture on how to set up small business
CW believes that to excel in life we must all be constantly learning...
CW school creator and administrator, Ruth, has a number of talented friends in Cusco. Her brother Edgard teaches a group of our parents how to start and run a simple small business and actually make money. The primary cause of the serious family dysfunction is due to the extreme poverty the families live in and lack the skills for even a slight improvement. Small cottage type business can ease the situation and motivate the parents to try something within their reach. Edgard has captured their interest and there is a spark of hope in the room.
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CW Girls are learning skills for life and their parents have noticed
All CW girls are learning skills, like how to bake cakes and cookies to sell when they need money for public high school supplies after they graduate from CW school. The constant fees required cause incredible stress for the alumnae who want to stay in school. We also teach about money management to the girls and the parents thanks to the generosity of our accountant, Shanda, who teaches them how to make a budget, record expenses and income to determine if they are earning money. The baking teacher, Yolanda, teaches CW girls and their parents, excited to learn after tasting their daughters baked goods, and help ease their financial stress. These items are not available in their rural community and they have no ovens to in which to bake. CW will help provide a solution to their great need to earn money. The community is growing closer and tighter by learning how to support each other.
Classes are after school or on weekends at the school and the positive results are showing up in our more relaxed and happy girls and improved family relationships. These skills will serve both girls and parents over their lifetime.
The crisis that appeared last year, when 46 CW alumnae girls struggling to stay in high school flooded their primary school Administration with a pleas for help, sparking the engine that created these programs.
Meanwhile, Dr Alejandro (our psychologist) continues his work with the girls and their parents to stop the aggressive and violent domestic problems in the home with noted improvement. Parents have opened up to him and are now understanding that they can change and the family can heal. Their daughters can attend high school and still help the family in small ways, like baking and selling cakes. The is a WIN WIN for all.
Please come visit us and we will offer you a taste. We are so grateful for the donation of this fabulous baking oven and baking equipment from Martin Currie that will hugely enable the girls future education.
“The importance of teaching a marketable skill to the girls of Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls.”
-CW School Administrator, Ruth Uribe
"The experience of working with our former students teaches us that when leaving CW school and entering public high school, students have fees. To say that public education in Peru is free, is not true; students must make payments to enroll, for the acquisition of a uniform, entry exam fees and educational materials. With the difficult economic situation their parents face, they cannot afford these expenses."
"It is why we made the decision to teach our girls from 1st grade on, pastry baking (cookies and cakes), a 'productive and practical skill' they can learn and can put into play to build their journey through high school and life. A 'know-how' that is built throughout her school career and is very different from her experience of being a student at the primary level. They will not require a large budget or a location (CW school provides the oven), but will provide students the possibility to earn money to support their ongoing studies."
"This important support that CW will provide, adds one more tool for our girls to achieve their goal to continue their educations and achieve a career."
Donations in general are seriously down and that loss is hurting our school program. We know you believe in education for girls and hope you will make a monthly donation. A generous donor just informed us they cannot continue to fund their commitment of $65,000 a year, toward our annual budget of $153,000 leaving us in a panic. I am putting out a plea to all who value what we do for 126 girls every day to please support our operating budget until the new self-sufficiency program is operational (about 3 years) and your donations will not be needed. We are so close to being completely operated and funded in Peru. This was a surprise and a sign of the times we live in now. Due to the sudden loss of this donation we are fearful we might have to close down needed programs like the meal and psychology and both are absolutely necessary and to eliminate some of our dedicated teachers is unthinkable. Please feel free to contact me for more information (707) 695-0504.
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Parents learn how to manage money
Yolanda teaches about baking items for sale
Teacher Shanda teaches about managing money
Girls learn how to bake, ingredients and equipment
Shanda- parent review of budget, income & expense
Psychologist Alejandro works with parents