Just 3 of every 10 Peruvian girls from rural Andean communities enroll in high school. While primary education is provided, the rural communities situated deep in the Andes Mountains of Peru lack secondary schools. While boys often move to urban centers to continue their education, the same opportunity is not available to the majority of girls. Lack of access to education perpetuates poverty, malnutrition and poor family planning.
The Sacred Valley Project provides a safe living environment for 13 young women while they attend secondary school in Ollantaytambo. SVP is dedicated to furthering the education of indigenous girls from the Andes Mountains of Peru. In order to do so, we work with the adolescent girls from remote regions of the Sacred Valley who have strong academic potential but lack access to education. We provide these young and bright girls with a safe place to stay, well-balanced meals, access to education.
We believe that education for women is an especially important investment as young women are likely to pass on the benefits of their education to their children and families, and have a greater impact on reducing the cycle of poverty. An educated woman is more likely to have a smaller and healthier family, a stronger voice in family negotiations and the ability to advocate for herself and her children.