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Chicuchas Wasi

Rating: 4.94 stars   67 reviews 3,001

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PO Box 1043 Forestville CA 95436 USA

Mission:

At Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls we promote gender equality, self-esteem, and human dignity for indigenous girls of rural Cusco, Peru, by educating, empowering, and preparing them for economic independence and unlimited opportunity.

Results:

Our attendance is 99%, Parent participation is 95% of mothers and a few fathers. We have just completed the construction of our new primary grade school for girls in rural Cusco. Community, parents and girls seeing the value of educating their girls with the success and enthusiasm they students demonstrate. Our students love to learn if given the opportunity.

Target demographics:

Educate ignored poor Girls in rural Cusco to provide economic security and prepare leaders to end gender inequality in their community.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

We have 110 students this year ending Dec. 31, 2015; The 2014 school year educated 105 students and 9 girls graduating to High School last December. Parent, siblings, mothers and the community benefit. They are watching the progress of our students and sending girl siblings when age ready.

Geographic areas served:

Our students come from rural Cusco area and many are farmer, day laborers, or unemployed and take any job if possible-even putting children on the streets to beg.

Programs:

We provide at our CW Primary school for undervalued Girls, free primary academic education. Our school stresses personal development by instilling social and personal values,empowerment, self- esteem and integrity. The regular curriculum is augmented with classes on Hygiene, Art, English, and Quechua. The school frequently participates in civic events, which are an integral part of Cusquena life, such as Parades, festivals, holiday celebrations, girl value demonstrations, and most recently Celebration of the International Day of the Girl.We provide hot daily meal (often only meal that day for students), safe transportation to ensure attendance, uniforms, school books and supplies and parent classes to empower and help especially single mothers with resources for economic survival.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

1 person found this review helpful

I became familiar with Chicuchas Wasy about 8 years ago and have since then followed its evolution. I have only visited it once, happily being invited to the official inauguration of the new school. This place is amazing in so many ways. First, the general atmosphere is so comforting. One feels immediately the happiness of these children to be there. Having had the chance on the inauguration day to meet many parents, it was also obvious that for them, knowing their girls are in such a loving environment is a huge relief from the hardship or their daily lives.
Ruth, the director of the school is a unique person. She shines in the presence of the girls and one can see how dedicated she is and how she strives to get the best for the girls as well as for their parents in way of coaching them.
I had tears in my eyes when the girls happily and heartily sang and danced on the inauguration day and upon my visit.
All the people I met involved in one way or another with Chicusas Wasi are really involved and caring for the project, which makes it a very viable project. Nevertheless it still needs support in many forms, including financial, as Ruth has great ambition for the girls welfare.
The setting of the school is amazing. Just above Cuzco. The school is very well organised, with food provided to the children, good classrooms, and a diversity of subjects taught, according to age of the girls. Even medical care and dentist check ups are available when possible. People who visit Chicuchas Wasi are usually all ready to help in whatever way they can, because it obviously is a succesfull project that can only bring good to these girls who otherwise would not have this opportunity for a brighter, educated future.
And being a social media addict, it is really nice to be regularly informed via Facebook of what is going on in the school and about the welfare of the girls.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I spent a couple of hours at Chicuchas Wasi whilst visiting my daughter in Peru. I used to work for UNICEF UK, so have visited a number of schools in developing countries. I thought this school was a little jewel - the buildings are well designed and maintained, the girls obviously feel both nurtured and celebrated, and the staff are clearly united in their caring attitude and positive philosophy. I was very impressed.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you for taking the time to write your review and for the kind comments for our 28 year old nonprofit. Please tell your friends about Chicuchas Wasi and become a supporter of our successful work to educate 110 girls in Cusco. -Rae Lewis, Founder

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1 person found this review helpful

I had the privilege of visiting Chicuchas Wasi as part of my work with non-profit crowdfunding platform Global Giving - and found a wonderful school with inspirational, committed teachers and happy, incredible children. I have never felt so welcomed and moved by a project I've visited, which has created a loving and safe space for these girls - who face many hardships in their home lives. I particularly enjoyed being able to spend so much time with both founders of the school - Ruth and Rae - who are truly dedicated and have worked tirelessly for these girls for many years.

 
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I have been indirectly involved with Chicuchas Wasi for several years, having a close friend who has traveled there and sharing her times there. Through the stories and experiences of her visits, coupled with the material learned from the Chicuchas Wasi web site, I have become aware of the important work this school is carrying out among underprivileged and impoverished girls.
I receive regular communications from the school, and it’s through these e-mails that I am made clear on the effectiveness of its mission. I am learning that there is close interaction of teachers and administrative personnel with the girls. Teachers have the necessary supplies to work with, and the school provides appropriate materials enabling the teachers to do their work. There are course programs, and the topics covered are quite appropriate for the children's age.
It is clear to me that the goal for this school is for the education of its girls. Education will enable them to move out of their impoverished circumstances and have an impact in and on their community. Because these are the goals of learning I personally believe in, I have since become a passionate and enthusiastic supporter of the mission of Chicuchas Wasi.

 
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I have been with Chicuchas Wasi and on the board since its inception in 1987 when the founder, Rae Lewis, was looking for support to start a shelter for street children. Soon we had a home in Cusco, with 12 children, providing them shelter including nutrition, health care, school and life skills. Over the next 9-10 years we cared for many children including those who just came to the door for a meal, pair of shoes or medical assistance which ultimately amounted to hundreds. Eventually we realized that education of girls was the key. In 1997 we transitioned to Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls to prepare and educate poor girls to become future leaders for social change, to end gender inequality, female abuse and child abandonment. Starting with a small class of 4 and 5 year olds, growing every year, we now have our own school in Cusco with 110 students. This year, celebrating our 28th anniversary, we will graduate our third group of 6th graders. I am so proud of these girls and how far they have come.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I have been on the board of Chicuchas Wasi for 25 years and have been to the school. All board members are volunteers for this very worthy organization started by a California nurse who gave many years of her life living in Cusco to help street children. I have watched it grow and transform from a home for street children to the present configuration of 93 girls in classes to the 5th grade in our new school in Cusco, Peru. It is an honor to be associated with this organization providing an education that would otherwise be unavailable to these indigenous girls. Please see the complete history and current news at www.chicuchaswasi.org and Facebook.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you Mary for your review and sharing your experience with Chicuchas Wasi. We have been truly blessed to have 5 very active and dedicated volunteer board members in California for so many years. We provide needed administrative support including: all social networking and management of website, FaceBook, Grant writing and submissions, and fundraising events to support the CW Alternative School for Undervalued Girls in Cusco, Peru. Without this incredible support team, it would be difficult for the Project to continue.

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Hola amigos de Great nonprofits, escribo este reporte como conocedor y voluntario de Chicuchas Wasi,pues conozco la obra desde hace mas de quince años y mas ahora que el proyecto va dedicado a la educación de niñas en situación en alto riesgo de la ciudad del Cusco - Perú, labor que es regentada por la profesora Ruth y su noble equipo de profesoras que hasta la fecha han logrado varias promociones de niñas que han culminado su primaria con éxito y se vislumbran como lideres pues estas niñas han aprendido lo más importante de su formación que es la autoestima y el amor por su prógimo, la escuela en si alberga a mas de cien niñas que son formadas con un buen nivel educativo. Para finalizar y con mucha franqueza debo recomendar a los amigos y benefactores que deseen conocer de la obra, visiten la escuela Chicuchas Wasi y conozcan a las niñas que estudian allí y a las profesoras, además de paso logran visitar la maravilla del mundo Machupicchu y la hermosa ciudad del Cusco.
Gracias.
Atte. Erik Vera.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer with Chicuchas Wasi since its founding by Rae Lewis, RN 28 years ago. Presently I am on the CW BOD. Started as a home for abandoned children, CW has evolved into a school for indigenous girls, who otherwise would not be educated. Education is the road out of poverty and into a life of opportunity. I have been to the school many times and observed first hand the faces of the girls light up with learning. Under the direction of Ruth Urbe and her staff the 110 girls thrive. The girls are taught educational basics plus English, nutrition, conflict resolution, and an appreciation of their Inca culture. CW also provides uniforms, and one hot meal a day since many of the girls come from impoverished families that have problems providing adaquate nutrition. Our overhead in California is minimal since members receive no monitary compensation. Almost all of your donation will go directly to supporting the school Thank you for considering donating to Chicuchas Wasi Girls School.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you Betty for this nice review of the CW school. -Rae

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3 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with Chicuchas Wasi since its inception and have visited the school at least 8 times. The girl’s faces tell the story. They are alert, energetic and happy to be in school, demonstrated by their positive school progression and interest in extra activities. Their teachers understand the importance of educating the girls in order to move them out of poverty and to give them opportunities that without an education would be unavailable to them. This project definitely deserves, needs, and appreciates your support.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you Betty for your loyal support all of these years. You are right about the faces of our students. Those faces have gone from resigned unhappy to the faces we see today...alive, alert, excited, and curious with intelligence. Your support has made a difference in their lives now and forever.

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3 people found this review helpful

I have been actively involved in Chicuchas Wasi since its inception 25 years ago by its inspirational founder, Rae Lewis. Starting as a grass roots home for abandoned street children it has evolved over the years into a school for indigenous, poor girls. These Andean girls would otherwise have little or no opportunity for education and most probably would continue in the cycle of poverty and abuse which plagues their mothers. I have made 6 trips to Cusco, Peru and have observed first hand all aspects of the school and the girls it serves. Under the tutelage of Ruth, the Peruvian Director and the teachers she directs, the girl's education not only incorporates academic standards but also stresses personal values, integrity, self esteem and responsibility. Presently I am on the Board of Directors and can assure you that all donations go directly to support the school. Betty Woods

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

A terrific review of our Chicuchas Wasi School for the Undervalued Girl in Cusco, Peru. The team of active volunteer supporters are amazing and committed to empowering poor girls of this area. Betty is one who has never said no when some action was needed for the school. Look into the eyes of of our young students on FB and feel their joy in being able to study finally. Together, you and I are preparing poor indigenous girls for a life of dignity, and economic survival. To be a woman raising babies alone uneducated and impoverished is horrific. Step forward and join us today. Donate: www.chicuchaswasi.org. Thank you and Merry Christmas. Rae Lewis, Founder

Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to Chicuchas Wasi a little less than 1 year ago. I met Rae Lewis and Ruth Uribe, when Ruth came to California. I was so impressed by the program, that I wanted to help with whatever I could. When we traveled to visit my parents who retired in Peru, I asked if I could take anything for them. That is how my involvement started. On August 20th, 2015 my husband and I had the opportunity to visit Chicuchas Wasi. I was so impressed with Ruth’s dedication, endless energy and love towards not only all the students, but also her staff, the parents of the students and the community. The Chicuchas Wasi teachers and staff are awesome and very dedicated to the young ladies they are educating, by not only giving them the academic tools but also giving them the tools to build their self-pride, self-reliance and self-confidence for a successful future. The Chicuchas Wasi program educates young ladies from pre-school until 6th grade.
We were invited to visit every classroom and were welcomed with songs, poetry, safety lesson, art lesson, English class and a science project. The Chicuchas Wasi young ladies overcome extreme hardships to get an education, yet they all were very welcoming. Their songs and poetry expressed how grateful they are for their education (which is free), how much they love their teachers and especially their director Ruth. I left each classroom with tears in my eyes and a heart full of love from all the hugs I received. Visiting Chicuchas Wasi was the highlight of our visit to Cusco and I am so glad to be a little part of the Chicuchas Wasi family.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Dear Isabel. I am so pleased that you were able to visit first hand the Chiuchas Wasi school for girls and were moved by our girls, teaching team and Ruth. It matters even more as you are a part of our support family in California :-) I know we will be seeing more of you. Gracias amiga for those great fotos to. -Rae

Rating: 5 stars  

My recent visit in August 2015 to Chicuchas Wasi was the highlight of my trip in Cusco! Rae coordinated my visit, and Ruth gave me a full tour of the school. I met all of the students and faculty at this beautiful location in a unique and secluded area in the hills of Cusco. Everything was so well organized, from my time spent there to the facilities, and more importantly to the curriculum and values taught to the girls. I was so impressed by the organization, the giving and loving staff, and I hope to be involved towards the future efforts of Chicuchas Wasi.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you Jennifer for taking the time to share your experience at our school. I am so glad you were able to visit and lend a hand in the tech area. Your photos are wonderful too, thanks. Keep well and visit us again soon. -Rae

Rating: 5 stars  

My recent visit to Chicuchas Wasi was the highlight of my trip in Cusco! Rae coordinated my visit, and Ruth gave me a full tour of the school. I met all of the students and faculty at this beautiful location in a unique and secluded area in the hills of Cusco. Everything was so well organized, from my time spent there to the facilities, and more importantly to the curriculum and values taught to the girls. I was so impressed by the organization, the giving and loving staff, and I hope to be involved towards the future efforts of Chicuchas Wasi.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you for visiting our amazing school and taking the time to meet the girls, teachers and Ruth. Your experience and sharing it with us helps to keep the the awareness high for the need to educate girls unable to attend school otherwise. Muchas gracias amigo -Rae