Peruvian Promise - Girls Education & Empowerment

by Peruvian Hearts
Rosa (left) and Gloria in their apartment in Lima.
Rosa (left) and Gloria in their apartment in Lima.

Thanks to the ongoing support of our generous donors, the Peruvian Hearts scholars continue to mature into the next generation of female leaders. We are thrilled this year to watch our first six scholars graduate from university and become the first members of their families to receive a college degree. These Peruvian Hearts graduates will receive their diplomas in the fields of chemical engineering, accounting, and culinary arts. We are extremely proud of these girls and their successes and accomplishments thus far and we’re excited for them to begin the next chapter of lives as young professionals. It is because of the generosity of our supporters that we can continue to make a lasting change in the lives of girls and their families and communities in Peru. I would highly encourage any of our supporters to visit our projects firsthand and get to know the girls you support. Please contact me directly at 303-526-2756, if you're interested.

One of our upcoming Peruvian Hearts graduates this year is, Rosa, who has been studying chemical engineering for the last several years at the National University of San Antonia of Abad in Cusco. Rosa finished her university classes at the end of December and is now currently fulfilling her required internship hours in order to graduate and receive her diploma. Rosa applied to do her internship at the highly competitive National University of Engineering (UNI) in Lima and her application was accepted. She has since moved to Lima and is sharing an apartment with Gloria, another Peruvian Hearts scholar who is currently in her first year of university studying Mining Engineering at Universidad La Catolica on a complete government scholarship. Rosa is scheduled to finish her internship at the end of March and will then receive her diploma. She has already been informally offered a position at the university.

Three of the six upcoming Peruvian Hearts graduates, Epifania, Alexandra, and Lucero, will all graduate with degrees in accounting, while Flor Nelida and Kati will graduate with degrees in culinary arts. Obviously for these girls, finding jobs in their respective fields will be their next big challenge, but now that they are about to accomplish something that no other family members have done before, they are more inspired than ever to continue dreaming big on their path to a brighter future. As these girls take on new jobs and begin their careers, they will remain an integral part of Peruvian Hearts and will help mentor the younger girls we support.

In January, Visionaria Peru, a project sponsored by Rotary International, held its fourth annual weeklong leadership institute in Urubamba, near Cusco. Several of the newest Peruvian Hearts scholars were able to attend this year’s institute, which offered them important opportunities to learn about topics such as leadership, self-esteem, clean energy, and financial responsibility, among others. The girls attended group yoga classes and participated in daily workshops working individually and in groups, brainstorming important topics and presenting their ideas to the larger group. Peruvian Hearts scholar and former Visionaria Peru participant, Maribel, was asked to be a group mentor for this year’s group of participants who are designing a leadership class to teach at high schools around Cusco. After having participated in the institute for the last several years and having worked on designing a leadership class for younger kids, Maribel was honored to be a mentor for some of the participating girls at this year’s institute.

Rosa will finish her internship in Lima in March.
Rosa will finish her internship in Lima in March.
Lucero and Alexandra will graduate as accountants.
Lucero and Alexandra will graduate as accountants.
Epifania (left) will soon complete her thesis.
Epifania (left) will soon complete her thesis.
Nelly plans to open her own restaurant in Cusco.
Nelly plans to open her own restaurant in Cusco.

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Flor Nelida has finished her university classes
Flor Nelida has finished her university classes

Thanks to your generosity and the loyal support of our donors, the Peruvian Hearts scholars continue to prosper and develop into the next generation of leaders. It is truly inspiring to see them grow and it is because of your desire to help that these young women are transforming their futures and empowering their families. We are excited to watch these young women continue to succeed and fulfill their dreams as they mature into young leaders. 

In the coming year, six Peruvian Hearts scholars will finish their university classes, complete their required internship hours in order to graduate, and receive their college diplomas. These young women will be the first of their families to graduate from any sort of post-secondary schooling and their families could not be prouder. As college graduates, these young women will continue to be involved with Peruvian Hearts in various ways and will help mentor the younger girls who participating in our program. As several of the scholars prepare to graduate from university in the coming year, other younger Peruvian Hearts girls will finish their final year of high school. These girls are currently attending preparatory academies to help them prepare for the upcoming university entrance exam later this month.

Recently, seventeen Peruvian Hearts scholars successfully completed an 11-week leadership course in Cusco. Through active participation and dynamic and engaging exercises, the course covered various topics including leadership, self-esteem, public speaking, and spirituality, and many of the girls talked about what a significant impact the course had for them. Several girls mentioned that the course helped them to overcome their fear of public speaking and gave them more courage to openly express their feelings. Courses such as this are invaluable for our girls and continue to help them blossom into extraordinary young leaders.

In honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day on November 19th and Women Wednesday (#WomenWOW) on December 2nd, six Peruvian Hearts scholars will fly to Lima to attend Empresarias en Acción, a two-day women’s entrepreneur workshop in Lima hosted by WEConnect International, Emprende Mujer Peru, and sponsored by the United States Embassy in Peru and the University of San Isidro Lima’s Center for Entrepreneurship. The workshop will give our girls the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by some of the most well respected women entrepreneurs in Peru and they will meet many other like-minded women who also dream about owning their own businesses. They will then bring their newfound knowledge back to their fellow scholars in Cusco to share information and inspiration to others.

PH Scholars attend a leadership course in Cusco
PH Scholars attend a leadership course in Cusco
Paige, from Global Giving, visits with PH Scholars
Paige, from Global Giving, visits with PH Scholars

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12-Year-Old Peruvian Hearts Scholar, Maricielo.
12-Year-Old Peruvian Hearts Scholar, Maricielo.

We are so thankful to our many donors and supporters for their continued generosity. Without our loyal Peruvian Hearts family, the inspirational young scholars we support would not be able to take advantage of the life changing opportunities made available by the generosity of our donors such as a university education and the skills and knowledge to break the cycle of poverty. We continue to watch these young women grow and mature as they continue to become leaders and agents of change.

In our ongoing effort to educate and empower more deserving young women, we are excited to welcome our newest Peruvian Hearts scholar, Yoselin. At 19 years old, Yoselin is in her third semester of college studying Communication Sciences at San Antonio Abad University of Cusco, the most highly regarded university in Cusco. In addition to finishing her degree in Communication Sciences, Yoselin wants to specialize in business marketing and publicity. She has also expressed her aspirations to continue her education by studying law after she finishes her bachelor’s degree in order to help the many needy people who face injustice in Peru. We are thrilled to have another inspirational young woman such as Yoselin join Peruvian Hearts and are enthusiastic to watch her continue to accomplish her goals and dreams.

At just 12 years old and in her second year of secondary school, Maricielo is one of our youngest Peruvian Hearts scholars. She might look like a normal 12-year-old, however she is extraordinarily unique. This innocent looking girl happens to be a national karate champion for her age group. Maricielo is currently a blue belt in karate and will receive her brown belt next month. She has travelled all over Peru to compete in numerous national and international competitions. Her next competition is scheduled for September in Cusco in which she is the returning favorite to win. We are incredibly proud of Maricielo and her unwavering determination and work ethic. Given all of her achievements and successes at such a young age, it is obvious that this young woman will accomplish all of her goals and anything she puts her mind to.

Peruvian Hearts currently supports 31 scholars. Twenty three are enrolled at various universities and colleges (8 of the 23 are enrolled in the extremely competitive National University), two are preparing to take the entrance exam for the National University next week, and six are in secondary school determining what they want to study in university once they graduate. It is a very exciting time for Peruvian Hearts, as our first class of university scholars will finish their classes this year and begin their required internships in order to graduate. We continue to be inspired by their constant motivation and drive and want to wish them a successful final semester.

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Peruvian Hearts' Newest Scholar, Yoselin.
12-Year-Old National Karate Champion, Maricielo.
12-Year-Old National Karate Champion, Maricielo.
PH Scholars: Maribel, Epifania, and Jessica.
PH Scholars: Maribel, Epifania, and Jessica.

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Peruvian Hearts Scholar, Gloria, 16
Peruvian Hearts Scholar, Gloria, 16

Peruvian Hearts continues to be inspired by the girls we work with and the ongoing generosity of our supporters and thoughtful donors. It is because of your loyal support that the girls in Peru are breaking the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. Your investment in these girls that is changing the world. Thank you again for your desire to be part of this meaningful and lasting change. The 30 girls we support are studying degrees such as architecture, law, economics, accounting, chemical engineering, mining engineering, civil engineering, education, art, culinary arts, communications & systems, business administration, tourism, and archeology. The following updates are about two young women, Gloria and Jessica, who over just the last few months have shown their great motivation to transform their lives, have established real dreams for a brighter future, and are quickly aquiring the skills and power to significantly change the world.

At just 16 years old, and having graduated from secondary school last December, Gloria, one of Peruvian Hearts youngest scholars, is making history while transforming her life and completely changing the future of her family. One of Peruvian Hearts’ most distinguished scholars, she was recently accepted to attend Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in Lima, to study Mining Engineering on a complete financial scholarship. Gloria was the only female recipient and one of two students (out of hundreds of applicants in Cusco) to receive the extremely competitive award, Beca 18, the most prestigious scholarship offered by the Peruvian government. Gloria was honored nationally and recognized in front of a large crowd in Cusco for her outstanding academic achievement and for entering what has previously been a thought of as a predominantly male industry, mining engineering. She is very excited to begin her five-year university career in August. We are thrilled for Gloria and proud of the amazing opportunity that she has earned. She has always been inspired, motivated, and driven to succeed with a constant vision of her larger dreams.

At 20 years old, Jessica joined Peruvian Hearts in February and has quickly proven herself to be a true leader and an extremely hardworking and motivated young woman. She began her university studies in economics in April at the National University in Cusco. During a welcome ceremony for the incoming class of students at the National University, a faculty member offered anyone in the entire student body an opportunity to speak in front of the audience. After no other students volunteered, Jessica stood up and took the opportunity to say a few words. She enthusiastically thanked the faculty and staff, on behalf of her entire class, for welcoming the new students, and spoke of her excitement about getting to know her classmates, and the benefits of learning from each other over the course of their studies. After she finished her remarks, the students began chanting, “Presidente! Presidente! Presidente!” Jessica has said she is not sure if she is ready to run for class president yet because she is still very focused on her schoolwork, but that she will think about it in the future. A quick learner, Jessica is growing accustomed to her demanding university schedule while also adjusting to her new life in the Peruvian Hearts apartment in Cusco with several of the other scholars, including her sister, Alexandra, who is studying accounting.  Both Jessica and Alexandra are exceptionally inspired to become leaders and agents of change, transforming the lives their entire family and their communities.

Gloria receives her award on stage in Cusco, Peru.
Gloria receives her award on stage in Cusco, Peru.
Jessica next to the UNSAAC economics building
Jessica next to the UNSAAC economics building
PH Girls doing their homework in the apartment
PH Girls doing their homework in the apartment
Architect, Communications Specialist, Lawyer
Architect, Communications Specialist, Lawyer

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New PP Scholars: Gloria, Jessica, & Miriam
New PP Scholars: Gloria, Jessica, & Miriam

Thank you to each and every one of our amazing supporters for your ongoing committment and support.  Your investment in the young women in Peru continues to make a lasting difference and is helping to change the world.

For Peruvian Hearts, 2015 has gotten off to a sensational start.  We are delighted to announce our recent partnership with Colegio Educandas, a girls’ secondary school in Cusco.  After meeting various students from Colegio Educandas, who all deserve the opportunity to participate in Peruvian Promise, we are thrilled to welcome 6 young women from Educandas into the program: Miriam, Gloria, Helen, Sharron, Kristel and Thilcia.  While all of these girls have lived through hardship and struggle, they have shown that they possess the perseverance and drive to overcome obstacles placed in their path. These studious young women have shown the drive and motivation they have to accomplish their dreams and we are excited that they have joined the growing family of Peruvian Promise scholars.

In addition to the 6 young women from Colegio Educandas, we are overjoyed to welcome Jessica Peralta, the older sister of Peruvian Promise scholar, Alexandra, into Peruvian Promise.  Jessica was recently accepted into the extremely competitive National University (UNSAAC) to study economics and has demonstrated her passion to learn and hunger to succeed.  As is the case for the thousands that apply for entrance into the National University, gaining admittance was not easy for Jessica.  The first three times that she took the demanding entrance exam she was unable to attain one of the very few coveted vacancies.  While disappointed, she did not give up and her persistence and determination prevailed. On her fourth try, she was one of 24 students, out of more than 500 applicants, who gained acceptance into the National University (an acceptance rate of only 4.8%).

On January 17th, the scholars of Peruvian Promise hosted Peruvian Hearts’ 2nd Annual Women’s Conference at Colegio Educandas.  More than 150 girls, boys, women, and men attended the event and listened to speakers present on topics such as leadership, self-awareness and self-esteem, family violence, and sexual health.  This one-of-a-kind conference was exceptionally well received and as the attendees departed the event, many of them asked when the next convention would be held.  Peruvian Hearts brought in a team of specialists: Christina Berton, Santiago Trabolsi, and Marina Armendares,from Amara Foundation in Mexico to present the program for this year’s conference.  Amara Foundation works hand in hand with Dove’s global initiative for girls’ empowerment and self-esteem.  The knowledge and expertise that each of these remarkable experts brought, and their ability to connect with their audience through dynamic and engaging activities, made for an unforgettable and life-changing experience for many of the attendees.

On January 16th, the day before the Women’s Conference, the Peruvian Promise scholars had the opportunity to attend a private workshop held by the Amara Foundation team, who worked with the young women from 8:30am until 6:00pm.  For many of the Peruvian Promise girls, it was a day filled with personal growth and empowerment.  The team from Amara has put together a curriculum especially for Peruvian Promise and will continue to work with the Peruvian Promise scholars throughout the year via Skype.  We are excited to be working with such a wonderful team and are so grateful for their commitment to Peruvian Hearts and the young women we support.

New Peruvian Promise Scholars: Helen and Sharron
New Peruvian Promise Scholars: Helen and Sharron
New PP Scholar, Kristel, with her mother
New PP Scholar, Kristel, with her mother
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Peruvian Hearts' 2nd Annual Women's Conference
Attendees participae at the Women
Attendees participae at the Women's Conference
PP Scholars handle registration at the conference
PP Scholars handle registration at the conference
Peruvian Hearts
Peruvian Hearts' 2nd Annual Women's Conference
PP Scholars during the workshop on January 16th
PP Scholars during the workshop on January 16th
Alexandra & Jessica with PP director Jeannette
Alexandra & Jessica with PP director Jeannette
PP Scholars: Thilcia, Miriam, Gloria and Karen
PP Scholars: Thilcia, Miriam, Gloria and Karen

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Peruvian Hearts

Location: Golden, Colorado - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.peruvianhearts.org
Project Leader:
Danny Dodson
Executive Director
Golden, CO United States
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