Chicuchas Wasi

Rating: 4.93 stars   57 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have just found and talked to this nonprofit. After much research, I was so impressed with what they do, how much they accomplish, and the fact that only approx. 3% goes to overhead and 97% of the donations goes to programs for the girls! The Founder and the majority of the Board have been doing this work for 27 years and are incredibly dedicated, talented and passionate. I also like the fact that they have an actual tuition-free school,that offers excellent academic studies, as well as personal development and community outreach. They are fantastic!

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

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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gitana (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you for this glowing review of our Chicuchas Wasi school for girls. Your participation and support of this work is very impressive and thank you very much for all you do. Thanks again for taking this time to speak out. - Rae

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Having worked in education for over 20 years and with Hispanic populations, I have seen students navigating life changing experiences. I have seen one student after the other gain confidence, survive life challenges, gain employment, and give back to the community with passion. I have seen proud parents, friends and family pull together to support a mother, father or child through school. Their stories teach me over and over again that achieving the impossible is actually possible.

It is with pride that I am now serving as a Board Member of Chicuchas Wasi. CW captured my attention for its efforts to promote gender equity through education and it kept me engaged for the genuine care I found underlying a well-managed and solid organization. Chicuchas Wasi (CW) brings together collaborators from around the world providing access to quality education for young girls from an indigenous population in Peru. The school not only focuses on girls, it also reaches out to family and the community to tackle poverty and provide economic empowerment, resulting in a broader impact. The effort began in 1987 and has been growing ever since. Do join in and help us help others.

 
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gitana (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you for this glowing review of our Chicuchas Wasi school for girls. Please visit us on FaceBook @chicuchaswasi and share us often with your friends and family. Your support and effort to help grow and make CW a stronger support for our students is much appreciated. Thanks again for taking this time to speak out. - Rae

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a part of Chicuchas Wasi since the beginning and I can't tell you how rewarding this experience has been! We are into our second year of school at our new facility and just completed the Global Giving challenge to be accepted on their website. Follow our progress on Chicuchaswasi.org, Chicuchas Wasi Cusco Peru on Facebook and at @Chicuchaswasi!

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2013

 
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Chicuchas Wasi started over 25 years ago as a refuge for children living on the streets of Cusco, Peru. We have evolved over time into a school for underprivileged girls - our current enrollment is 113!
We don't charge the families for their daughters to attend school, we support the school entirely with donations and are currently involved in a fundraising drive on Globalgiving. These girls are receiving an education that they would never have dreamed of. I am proud to be a part of this life changing organization. Please visit our website: chicuchaswasi.org!

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2013

 
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gitana (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Dear Karen, As an active member of the California Board of Directors since the beginning 26 years ago, you have truly seen the many changes and incredible growth of Chicuchas Wasi. With the new school in 2012 we have been able to accept more girls needing access to our Alternative style of education. We not only include academic education, but we support growth in confidence and self-worth and values that are daily reinforced by staff and director. We are the Chicuchas Wasi Family of 115 students, 13 staff members at the School and in California another 5 on the board of directors...all working together towards the same goal. Education of a girl will give her and her family one day, the key out of poverty. Thank you for all your loyal hardworking years of service to the poor children of Cusco, Peru.

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1 person found this review helpful

I have been a part of Chicuchas Wasi for over 25 years. We started by helping just a few kids and in 2013 will have 130 girls enrolled in our school! We provide a solid education for these girls who would never have had a chance to be educated. All of the board members are volunteers so all of the donations we receive go directly to the school. I am so proud to be a member of this worthwhile grass roots organization. Please visit our website chicuchaswasi.org or Facebook - Chicuchas Wasi - Cusco for more information.

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

Definitely

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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gitana (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Another great review from someone who has seen what just a few people can do to lift up the life of a child, and change it forever. To see those toothless smiles appear warms my heart. Karen has tirelessly helped grow Chicuchas Wasi for 26 years. The students in our school know Karen by name, and thank her with those smiles. Join us to change the lives of our students escaping poverty with your help. Girls and education= opportunity. Donation of $55. will provide all school supplies for one female scholar of CW school for an entire year: Go to www.chicuchaswasi.org

Rating: 5 stars  

I love visiting the Chicuchas Wasi website and seeing the photos of the girls. 2013 is the second year in their new school and especially for the older girls, how exciting for them to experience this long-anticipated dream come true. Parents volunteer at the school, helping at special events, working on landscaping, and I think what great role-modeling this is for the CW Girls to see their moms and dads involved at their beautiful school and so committed to the girls' education.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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When I first became involved, Chicuchas Wasi was just being established as a nonprofit organization, and we worked to raise money in California to feed and shelter abandoned children found in Cusco, Peru. Now, more than 25 years later, CW has evolved from that small grassroots organization into offering an Alternative School for Girls operating each school year on donations large and small from supporters around the globe. What a revelation it was, this elegant solution to child abandonment: educate the girls! CW teaches parents that if their girls stay in school, they will grow to be women able to support themselves and their own children if necessary --- and capable of avoiding the difficult consideration of abandoning their kids just to survive. CW students may be growing up in poverty, but parents, family members, and others in their indigenous communities now see the bright, intelligent, confident faces of CW girls who will always be richer for their awakened interest in learning. Along with academics and a broader awareness of the world around them, CW girls gain self-esteem, personal integrity, and strong values that will last a lifetime. Please visit www.chicuchaswasi.org and LIKE us on Facebook.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...be so pleased that Chicuchas Wasi students will be offered even more opportunities when the Ministry of Education, Cusco, Peru, becomes able to support Girl Education at Chicuchas Wasi School by funding of teacher salaries. This is an advancement CW looks forward to and which will hopefully come to be in the near future.

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

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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gitana (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you Terry for your review sharing beautifully the 26 years of Chicuchas Wasi. You have been an important part of the CW team since the beginning and what a team we have. All the beautiful artwork, brochures, flyers and website are all your talented contributions over the years. CW is lucky to have our own professional graphic artist all these years. You bring to the project your passion and generosity to help the girls we serve. The Chicuchas Wasi non-profit teams in California and also Cusco, Peru have become this wonderful CW family. Like a family we all work together and are there for one another to make our world a better place.

Rating: 5 stars  

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?

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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gitana (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

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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gitana (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  

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

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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gitana (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.