Education
 Peru
Project #10215

Educate a child, Empower a mother in rural Peru

by Asociacion Civil Yachay Wasi Casa Cultural Ollantaytambo
This is Patricio
This is Patricio

A new school year began and many children and their families joined Yachay Wasi .


We started with some crying, games, songs and lots of laughter.

Our children are excited to attend kindergarten. Patricio, a 6 years old boy who has never been to school before is a perfect example of this. Patricio lives 30 minutes walking distance from the kindergarten, but he does not mind the long trek because he loves being at school learning and being with his friends. His joy of being at school makes the journey shorter.

 
The first day of school, he was excited and happy to share with other children. He is eager to learn, and always asks about everything.His curiosity makes him explore and discover new learning every day.

 

On the playground, he likes to play hopscotch, count and learn his numbers. He is very collaborative, always helping the teacher and the younger children. It is wonderful seeing him teach his classmates how to wash their hands or put their shoes on. Patricio is always smiling and gives the group joy. He has a great heart and we are grateful to have him in our big family. Patricio shines and makes us shine as well!

We are looking forward to having a great school year and giving all of our children the opportunity to grow in a happy and caring environment.

Thank you so very much for all of your support and for making this happen!!

Playing hopscotch
Playing hopscotch
having fun in the playground
having fun in the playground
Aaron and Samir getting ready for the play
Aaron and Samir getting ready for the play

Dear friends,

The year came to the end and we want to thank every and each of you for being part of this great year.
It was tough, we had to work very hard during the hole year, but I can say now that it was worthy. The Yachay Wasi children had a very happy year full of games, joyness, learning, songs and friends.
We all feel very grateful and rewarded for all we could achieve toghether.

To celebrate this we organized a big party. Some mothers cooked a "chocolatada" (hot chocolate) with paneton, there was a clown show, presents for the children and more surprises. Children participated in a play in which they danced representing a story that they loved to listen to during the year. They worked hard with the teachers making their costumes and decorations the past weeks and it all looked amazing.

Families, children and teachers had a wonderful time toghether. We are glad to bring hapiness and joy to these great people, who rarely have the oportunity to live moments like this one.

We want the following year to be better than this one. We want to open a new classroom for the littlest ones. There are a lot of families, most of them single mothers, who are asking for attention to their 1 and a half and 2 year olds sons and daughters. We would love to help this women, but we need your help to make this happen and to make 2016 another happy year for our students. we need to cover the salaries of the teacher and teacher assitant to be able to open this classroom.

Would you help us? Any amount of money is a big help for us.

If you can`t contribute donating, you could help us spreading the word on your facebook account, twiter, etc.
Or you can also start your own fundraising campaign between your family and friends, at your school or university, at your club, organizaing a party, etc... Please don`t hesitate to contact us for information or support with this.

We have just two months to collect the money we need for the hole year, so we have to act quickly. We hope this dream will became true with the help of all of you!!!

Thank you very much for being part of this family and this success!!!
You will always be in our hearts.


Merry Christmas to all of you and a great, peaceful and loving 2016!!!


Guillermina and all the Yachay Wasi family.

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Carlota and Gabriel, Gabi`s parents enjoying
Carlota and Gabriel, Gabi`s parents enjoying
enjoying the chocolatada
enjoying the chocolatada
Having fun
Having fun
Aquiles
Aquiles
Graduates... good luck at school
Graduates... good luck at school
Hard worker teachers
Hard worker teachers
dancing
dancing

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Our family!
Our family!

Dear friends,

Since the beginnig of the year we haven´t stopped working. We´ve done lots of things in our preschool and it is looking great!!!

Thanks to your donations and the collaboration of some friends, families and the team efforts we can proudly say that our little ones are having a great school year at Yachay Wasi. They are more comfortable now and we were able to improve the educational work by reducing the gaps we had.

 

Now we have windows and doors in our classrooms.

There are two little toilets and sinks for our children, to promote autonomy.  

There is an office for administrative work and coordination, and a space where the older children can develop  math and language arts exclusively.

With parents and friends help we made a fence for our garden and children painted it with many colors. It looks amazing and protects our plants.

We enable a classroom for motor skills (psicomotricidad), where children develop social and kinesthetic skills. This practice is very important for their personality, self steem, and for future learning.

We built a sand box in the playground where they love to play.

There is a nice kitchen, where every monday children cook their own bread. And they also make the cake themselves when there is a birthday. Besides learning about healthy food, mathematical concepts are worked trough these activities.

 

We are very happy and grateful for everything we have achieved so far.

We hope to do more with your help.

As we always say, we are in this together and without your support none of this would´ve been possible.

Please consider donating to Yachay Wasi so we can continue to learn with our children, giving them the opportunity to grow free, strong and happy.

Thank you.

Be happy and grateful everyday for what you have and who you are... as we do.

Playing in the new sand box.
Playing in the new sand box.
Painting the fence for our garden
Painting the fence for our garden
Thanking the Pachamama and the Sun for the food
Thanking the Pachamama and the Sun for the food
New doors
New doors
Classrooms
Classrooms
gymnasium
gymnasium
Family meeting
Family meeting

The first week of the scholar year passed and we are very pleased to anounce that it was a success!!!

All the children and their families were happy.

32 children from 2 to 6 years old attended the kindergarten with joy. On the second day they said goodbye to their mothers and stayed till the end of the day without droping a tear. They really enjoy being here, playing, singing and learning.

We had a meeting with the families and they all expressed their gratitude to the Yachay Wasi team. They are very satisfied with our work and the quality of education their children are receiving. They are very interested on working with the psychologist and on learning about good ways to breed theirn kids.

But not all are so good news. Despite all this "happiness", there are lots of things to do.

We still need to finish and improve the building. We need doors, sand for the sand box, to plaster the toilet walls, to make the roof for the toilets, to paint, to finish the floor of the sink area, and some other things...

We need your help for this to be done.

Our children will be more comfortable, secure and in better conditions to learn, play and be more independent and autonomous. 

We count on you for this!!! 

Thank you very much for considering helping us through a donation.

With love,

the Yachay Wasi family.

circle time with Inti classroom
circle time with Inti classroom
playing at kitchen corner
playing at kitchen corner
inti classroom
inti classroom
kuyichi classroom
kuyichi classroom
Matias exploring
Matias exploring
classrooms
classrooms
other classroom and kitchen without doors
other classroom and kitchen without doors
toilets
toilets
toilet inside
toilet inside

Dear friends,

Thanks giving day is here and we feel that is the perfect moment to say THANK YOU!

We are really really grateful for all the help you have given to us, for your continuous support, for the smiles on our little children´s faces, for the love and confidence of their families, for the strength and kindness of the teachers, for not giving up despite all the problems we´ve been through this year, for the joy we feel when mothers, as Carlota, who comes from a very tough situation, and walks  30 minutes every day to bring her daughter Gabi to Yachay Wasi, tells us with tears in her eyes: "Muchas gracias mami por todo lo que hacen por nosotros. Estoy muy feliz por Gabi y quiero que ella continúe el año que viene en este jardín" ("Thank you very much for everything you are doing for us. I am very happy for Gabi and I want her to continue in this kindergarden the following year"), and gives us some freshly harvested corn from her field.

This makes that everything we're doing, that all our efforts, worthwhile.

THANKS TO YOU, for helping us build our dreams, for helping us to offer a respectful, loving and quality education to our children, and support to their families, for letting us show them that everything is possible with love and determination, for helping us to pass through this really hard year we had to face, and for giving us hope to continue.

THANKS TO OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, for joining the hardest moments, for all the patience, effort and work they have done to help us with the new building. To the children for their tolerance, for being happy working below a tent for several months, for smiling despite not having things to play with, for their love and gratitude.

THANKS TO US, THE YACHAY WASI TEAM, for our strenght, for our disposal, for making things look "easier", for the love, energy and hard work we put in every little thing, for the patience and for making a great job during the year.

Thanks, thanks and thanks..... we are in this together.

 

 
Carlota and her baby
Carlota and her baby

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Asociacion Civil Yachay Wasi Casa Cultural Ollantaytambo

Location: Ollantaytambo, Urubamba - Peru
Website: http:/​/​www.yachay-wasi.org
Asociacion Civil Yachay Wasi Casa Cultural Ollantaytambo
Project Leader:
Guillermina Sanchez
director
Ollantaytambo, Cusco Peru

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