Chicuchas Wasi

Rating: 4.94 stars   70 reviews

Address:

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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707-939-7162
www.chicuchaswasi.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Gracias Erik para poner tus palabras aqui para todos a leer como piensa alguien que es de Cusco. Mil gracias. - Rae

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

Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I think that Chicuchas Wasi is a wonderful educational opportunity for girls in South America. The organization shows girls the foundations of nutrition and family values while giving them an education. I wish success going forward.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you Michael for your generous support of the Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls. I appreciate your willingness to make a difference using your talent with the website design in wordpress. Thanks for the time and the almost finished redo or our webpage.

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I became involved with Chicuchas Wasi as a monthly recurring donor. I picked the organization because I absolutely love their mission and focus on helping educate the indigenous girls in Cusco Peru. I also started following them on Social Media and through a series of interactions with Rae Lewis, the founder of Chicuchas Wasi, I am now a part of this incredible organization. The passion and dedication the volunteers have is amazing! They have come so far with just a few passionate people who give every ounce of their heart to this mission. They say that what you put out comes back to you tenfold. The volunteers, teachers and board of Chicuchas Wasi give so much kindness and love to their project that you can see the fruits of their labor in the beautiful smiles of the girls they teach. Saying Chicuchas Wasi only teaches girls is an understatement. Every girl who learns to read and becomes educated will now have an impact in her family, her community and eventually the world. Thank you Chicuchas Wasi for all you do!

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you Christina for this touching testimony of your experience and support of our school as our Social Media Manager and what a good job you do. What a wonderful surprise to have one of our donors step up and offer those very important skills and to understand so well what Chicuchas Wasi is about. Thanks Christina. I couldn't do it without your help these days.

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been part of CW since the early years and I know first hand experience the dedication and hard work of the founder and board members to maintain this girls school one of the best schools in Cuzco Peru. It focuses on the underprivileged, indigenous girls who have almost no opportunity to obtain an education due to their circumstances.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you for this glowing review of our Chicuchas Wasi school for girls. Please visit us on FaceBook @chicuchaswasi and also sign up to receive our newsletters at chicuchas_wasi@sonic.net. Thanks again for taking this time to speak out. - Rae

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have first hand experience about this amazing organization. I was one of the first few children that lived in Chicuchas Wasi 25 years ago when it was founded by Rae Lewis. When I was seven years old, both of my parents passed away leaving my five siblings and I orphaned. It was through a social worker that I met Rae, who took my siblings and I into her home. At the time Chicuchas Wasi was a children's home, where I lived for seven years. It was through this organization that I received a scholarship to further my studies in the USA. I left Chicuchas Wasi Peru when I was 14 years old but I was still part of this organization until I graduated from college and became independent. It was because of CW that today I am a Registered Nurse and I am able to help my family in Peru financially. Today, I travel to Peru once a year to visit family and also see the school and the rest of the CW family. Words alone cannot explain how grateful I am for having met Rae Lewis and for giving me not only a place to live but an education that will last me for a lifetime. Coming from a place where women are still the minority and have fewer opportunities, an education is the foundation to a better life and opportunities in many ways.

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?

2010

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you R. for submitting your review of Chicuchas Wasi. You certainly have inside knowledge having been one of the first children in the shelter back in 1987, and seeing it grow into today's new school. As one of our girls in the early project -if we had had a school in those years- you would have benefited from our school today. Congratulations on all your achievements in Nursing today and your continued support of your siblings in Peru.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

It was good the hear that the Chicuchi Wasi project, that was introduced to me some twenty years ago, has become such a success story. It was then that Rae Pieraccini came to the San Francisco office of VARIG Brazilian Airlines and made me aware of the dire situation of the young girls of Cuzco. She explained the project in details and of her plans to open a local school for the poor. She requested assistance from us to transport a large amount of cargo to Lima from California that would be needed to bring the school's program to fruition. What Chicuchi Wasi accomplished in the early years, and continue to do so, is a work of wonder. I feel gratified to know that we were able to offer our assistance and to realize how successful Chicuchi Wasi has become in educating so many young girls for a better future.

Roger J. Pacheco
Sale Mgr. (retired)
VARIG Brazilian Airlines

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you Roger for taking the time to do this review. Your support has always been there for the children in need in the Cusco region and you are greatly appreciated. After 27 years it is wonderful to still see you still with us. Thanks for who you are and always being so willing to lend a hand. - Rae

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I just visited the Chicuchawasi School a few weeks ago during my trip to Cusco. Efrain Valles, my guide on the Inca Trail, told me about the school and his involvement with the organization. I was inspired by the work Ruth and her staff are doing at the school, changing the lives of these young girls and their families. I truly believe educating and empowering women can change the world. Thank you Ruth, Rae, Efrain and all the rest of you for the wonderful work you are doing. What an inspiring organization! Jane Engel

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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

A little

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you Jane for your glowing review of our school. I am so pleased that you were able to visit the school and see the positive results that we are having. Our students will have a much better life than the women that came before them. Opportunities not given to their mothers and grandmothers will be available to girls with education and personal preparation. Please tell your friends and come again. Please support education for girls denied without our school. Your donation is greatly appreciated. -Rae Lewis, Founder