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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Chimichanga Wasi is one of 3 charities I donate to monthly. Their start up story is amazing- started by a nurse who saw a need and filled it. And continues to fill it on a daily basis.
Updates at least monthly, immediate acknowledgements, always accessible if I have a question or comment.
I truly am confident my day nation goes straight to the school and the girls, and not swallowed by overhead cost.

 
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I had the opportunity to visit Chicuchas Wasi in April 2015. I was humbled on a number of levels. It was wonderful to see an environment that engendered children that were playful, engaging and curious. They were curious about where I am my trek colleagues where from an about our families and countries. One could see a nurturing environment from teachers and other school staff to allow that thinking and other learnings. The school is clearly providing education that is really building strong future members of Peru society. I wish them great success going forward.

 
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Chicuchas Wasi is an outstanding educational opportunity for underprivileged girls. This organization not only provides an important education element for their future but a caring, loving environment that nurtures the whole child. The foundations of nutrition, family support and transportation are all components considered by Chicuchas Wasi to make the educational opportunity a success and foster a brighter future. I wish them great future success!

 
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gitana (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you so much 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. These really do matter to help us get out to the public :-) Thanks again for taking this time to speak out. - Rae

Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Traveling the world, both in person and with written word, I have experienced the astounding contribution to civilization that 'girl education' is making to the world. One of the best is Chicuchas Wasi in Peru. It is a text book example of how a 'home-grown' organization, ran by dedicated creative people can uplift many lives, and do so by keeping them deeply involved in their culture, but at the same time, making them citizens of the world. You should look into Chicuchas Wasi in Peru.

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gitana (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you Steve for you generous praise of Chicuchas Wasi. We have made a difference in the lives of many many children in our 26 years serving them in Cusco. And we plan to continue forward for many more years and see many indigenous girls educated, prosperous, no longer oppressed and abused in the future. We are preparing future leaders to make the changes necessary in their culture so that gender inequality will end.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I first met Chicuchas Wasi founder Rae Lewis over 20 years ago. I marveled then at her passion and commitment to bringing healthcare and education to Cusco's street children, and I marvel now at how that vision has grown, embraced others, and been made manifest in the Chicuchas Wasi Alternative School for Girls. I am an enthusiastic supporter of the organization's work--both as a donor and as a new board member--because Chicuchas Wasi honors girls and women, transforms lives, and offers great hope for future generations.

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gitana (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks Francy for your great review of CW and the warm fuzzy for me. I look forward to your deepening relationship with us all at CW, both here and Cusco. Our director Ruth arrives here in California on Sept. 9th and we will have a lot of opportunity to expand our knowledge with her updates.:-)

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My wife and I first learned about Chicuchas Wasi a number of years ago, and finally had a chance to visit in 2011. I arrived already convinced that educating and empowering girls in developing countries is the single most powerful means to a healthier and happier planet. Experiencing Chucuchas Wasi in action showed me a terrifically high-performing example of that craft, and told me that here is a terrific investment!

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gitana (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you Dave for your kind comment. I am pleased that you recognize the value of our work for the children unable to go to school without Chicuchas Wasi. Please come visit again.-Rae

gitana (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you Dave for your kind comment. I am pleased that you recognize the value of our work for the children unable to go to school without Chicuchas Wasi. Please come visit again.-Rae

Rating: 5 stars  

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I am glad to support Chicuchas Wasi! My husband and I visited the school at its former location in 2011, and spent a wonderful morning surrounded by young girls so eager to learn! We are so pleased to see that the new school has opened, and that more grades have been added so that more girls can benefit from this wonderful opportunity.

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With the new Chicuchas Wasi school now in its second year, I found it a wonderful and moving experience to be able to look back over the last quarter century to see how far CW has come from its humble beginnings. I highly encourage you to visit the Chicuchas Wasi website and peruse their comprehensive photo gallery. I am convinced that you will come away with a profound appreciation for amazing accomplishments of the dedicated CW volunteers. The photos beautifully express the undeniable, life-affirming joy they bring to the girls of Chicuchas Wasi.

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I have believed in and helped support Chicuchas Wasi since 1989. When you read reviews of this amazing non-profit, you can’t help but be impressed by the life-affirming, life-changing outcomes it has fostered over the last 25 years. What may not be as evident, but is vitally important, is the steadfast, tireless, passionate, and effective work that the Chicuchas Wasi California Board of Directors has performed over that same time period. As a past Executive Director of one non-profit and the Chief Development Officer of another, I know first-hand how critical a board of directors is to the success, or failure, of any non-profit. Many members of the California Board of Chicuchas Wasi have served for the entire life of the organization. Rather than becoming fatigued or blasé about their duties, members of this board are as enthusiastic, dedicated, tireless, energized, and effective with their time, talent, and treasure today as they were at the outset. This solid foundation of leadership guarantees a bright future for all the girls fortunate enough to find themselves at Chicuchas Wasi.

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gitana (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you Ken for your wonderful review. You clearly understand the commitment and passion we all feel as the California Board and supportive team for the outstanding director and staff that make up Chicuchas Wasi Alternative School in Cusco, Peru. We all want to ensure that our rural and forgotten girls will have a future full of opportunity their mothers could never have imagined. Thank you also for your years of support, and please know how much you are appreciated.

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While hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu our guide, Efrain Valles shared with me the meager beginnings of what has become the non profit, Chicuchas Wasi. Efrain was a street kid, saved by founder Rae Lewis and he refers to her as his Mom. He has a college education, a beautiful young family and a successful career. His passion for Chicuchas Wasi is contagious and he pays it forward by working on the school, donating and fundraising. I wanted to see the school when we returned to Cusco, so Efrain arranged for Ruth Uribe, the school director to pick 3 of us up. I was so excited to see the girls! The school was very impressive, well layed out, clean and organized. The small group of younger girls doing art outside the classroom all got up and ran to greet Ruth and you could clearly see how much they love her. We were surprised to find in another outdoor section they had planned a special greeting for us. All the girls looked sharp in their uniforms and they were in rows by grade. We stood before them and they entertained us with songs, dance, a poem and presented us with cards and drawings they made. We were moved to tears! They were so happy, loving and gave us big hugs. Afterward it was lunch and they had a healthy, hot cooked meal in the cafeteria/kitchen, which had a beautiful view of the mountains. I am excited for these girls and the oppurtunity they are provided through the Chichuchas Wasi school. The gift of education by a caring staff will expose their strenghts, self worth and free them to be independent, confident young women with boundless possibilities!!

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

Teach them the English language. With so much tourism coming into Cusco and many of the tourists speaking English, they can only soar higher and go further with many oppurtunities knowing English.

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gitana (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you Pamela for your sharing your touching experience with the students of Chicuchas Wasi School. You have met our incredible Director Ruth Uribe and can see how she is moving mountains of old beliefs that females have no value and making lasting cultural change. I am so glad you were able to visit and know her and the girls first hand. Thank you for your generous support to educate these girls. They will make you proud.-Rae

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I've chosen to support Chicuchas Wasi because I respect the people behind this organization and trust in their leadership to maintain extremely high standards. Education is a key in improving the lives of all children and when girls are denied this right, the whole community suffers. This nonprofit has grown and changed over the years, and will continue to do so, to meet the needs and enhance the lives of all the girls and young women in its reach.

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gitana (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you for your support to educate our special and forgotten girls. Your review of our Alternative School, created to specifically address the issues of girls held back for too long, is appreciated. Together we are changing lives forever for these girls. It is clear you also appreciate and value the education for girls everywhere. Thank you for being part of our Chicuchas Wasi community. Visit us on FB @ chicuchaswasi and www.chicuchaswasi.org for the latest updates. -Rae