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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

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

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

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

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you for your review of Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls. Many people have misspelled our name (indigenous dialect of Cusco) and pronouncing it is not much easier. We appreciate your loyal support to educate 110 girls. I am that nurse you refer to :-) and thanks for reading our history too. You matter Skatinrn. -Rae

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you Angel. You captured the spirit of Chicuchas Wasi on your visit and we hope you will come again some time. Thank you for taking the time to write your review. -Rae

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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(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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(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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(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.:-)

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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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(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

(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  

1 person found this review helpful

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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(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.