I had the pleasure of visiting Chicuchas Wasi Girls School in May 2016 along with 11 other visitors. We saw first hand the positive impact the Peruvian teachers have had on the 110 girls, their family, and their community. The teachers have focused classrooms not only on various academic subjects but also on cultural appreciation, and personal growth, and responsibility. Each class of students enthusiastically preformed a disciplined, well rehearsed song, dance, poem, reading, or drama. We all shard a meal prepared by their indigenous parents who are thrilled to have their girls in school, knowing that because of an education life will offer their children opportunities that unfortunately they themselves never were given.
I wholeheartedly encourage your support of Chicuchas Wasi Girls School . Almost 100% of funds raised goes directly to support the school.
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.
Thank you Betty for this nice review of the CW school. -Rae
This school is doing incredible things for the girls. The students feel so fortunate and proud to go to Chicuchas Wasi, as they know it is a special opportunity that will change their lives. CW focuses on developing the whole student- academics, personal growth, medical services, art, athletics, environmental awareness, and more. I have never seen an organization be more invested in its girls than Chicuchas Wasi!
We visited the school in May 2015 on a trip to Cusco. The staff were wonderful and the girls so friendly and welcoming. We had a great visit and could really appreciate all the work and cost that goes into running the school and giving an education to these girls who need it most.
We were only too happy to make a donation when we got home.
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at the CW school. Also for your donation to support education for these girls. Gracias. Rae Lewis, Founder
What the street children in Cusco, Peru taught me.
I was a solo traveller in Cusco, Peru in 1986, to try to understand what the enormous attraction was for me to put my CA life on hold and spend a year there to find out. My years as a daily meditator and as a nurse deepened my understanding of empathy and drew me to Cusco somehow. The abandoned Cusco children sleeping in doorways and stealing food to survive found me and surrounded me every day sharing their lives with me and completely changing mine. Desperate young mothers would often try to give me their swaddled infant speaking to me in the Quechua dialect I didn't understand. A mother myself, I could not mistake her meaning and it shook my world and changed my future forever.
In 1987 I founded Chicuchas Wasi(CW) an emergency shelter for many of the children I had come to know and love. Their ability to open their hearts to each other and me, to bond with other abandoned children and find joy in the smallest moment changed my understanding of humanity. We are here to make a difference, one person can and we do not need to move to Cusco, Peru to do so.
I lived in the shelter for 10 years with these children until a young woman raised and educated as a teacher joined our CW team. Together in 1997, she and I reorganized to educate girls and prepare them for a better future out of poverty. Our school for Girls opened and I returned to CA. to seek funding to support it and this has been my ‘work’ for the last 18 years. The passion is very much alive for both Ruth at the school and for me in CA learning to be creative as a fundraiser.
Today as adults, two of our children from the early years of CW serve as board members of the CW School for Indigenous Girls to educate girls and end child abandonment. For the last 28 years this passion has grown and spread to our teachers and support team knowing that the 110 girls being empowered and educated today will never need to abandon their children. I am still inspired constantly by our girls and all they are achieving and are teaching their mothers and grandmothers - denied education due to poverty and being born a girl.
Review from #MyGivingStory
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.
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
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.
Thank you for taking the time to write this review and for visiting Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls in Cusco, Peru. I am glad that GlobalGiving makes real visits to see first hand the work we are doing. Gracias.
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.
Thank you for this thoughtful review and accurate account of what our mission is- education for girls unable to go to school otherwise and destined to a life of poverty without knowing how to read, write and do basic math. Thank you
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.
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.
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.
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.
Atte. Erik Vera.
Gracias Erik para poner tus palabras aqui para todos a leer como piensa alguien que es de Cusco. Mil gracias. - Rae
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.
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