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.
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
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.
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
I became familiar with Chicuchas Wasy about 8 years ago and have since then followed its evolution. I have only visited it once, happily being invited to the official inauguration of the new school. This place is amazing in so many ways. First, the general atmosphere is so comforting. One feels immediately the happiness of these children to be there. Having had the chance on the inauguration day to meet many parents, it was also obvious that for them, knowing their girls are in such a loving environment is a huge relief from the hardship or their daily lives.
Ruth, the director of the school is a unique person. She shines in the presence of the girls and one can see how dedicated she is and how she strives to get the best for the girls as well as for their parents in way of coaching them.
I had tears in my eyes when the girls happily and heartily sang and danced on the inauguration day and upon my visit.
All the people I met involved in one way or another with Chicusas Wasi are really involved and caring for the project, which makes it a very viable project. Nevertheless it still needs support in many forms, including financial, as Ruth has great ambition for the girls welfare.
The setting of the school is amazing. Just above Cuzco. The school is very well organised, with food provided to the children, good classrooms, and a diversity of subjects taught, according to age of the girls. Even medical care and dentist check ups are available when possible. People who visit Chicuchas Wasi are usually all ready to help in whatever way they can, because it obviously is a succesfull project that can only bring good to these girls who otherwise would not have this opportunity for a brighter, educated future.
And being a social media addict, it is really nice to be regularly informed via Facebook of what is going on in the school and about the welfare of the girls.
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.
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
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.
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
Chicuchas Wasi is a fantastic organisation and we wish them all the best. They were introduced to us by our tour guide Efrain Valles and we visit the group twice a year on our tours. The project is doing such incredible work and there is always a sense of joy and enthusiasm from all those involved, not least the girls themselves. We are very privileged to visit the project and we always try to support them whenever we can. Many thanks for the warm welcomes we always receive, it is always one of the highlights of our tours to see the wonderful work being done by your incredible team.
Thank you so very much for your kind words about our School and the Cusco team who run it, especially Administrator Ruth Uribe and the teachers. We are very proud here in California of the skill and creativeness that Ruth puts into the curriculum to really engage all 105 girls. Your visits and FaceBook views (many of your travelers I have met here) are much appreciated. Perhaps I will get to meet you on one of your trips that coincides with one of mine.-Rae
Make a summary of the kindly Chicuchas Wasi activity is something very simple for me, because I have very vivid memories of the moment of its creation in the mind of Rae Lewis.
I met Rae in Lima, on their return from Cusco, by the end of the 1980s, she had attended a gathering with a group of friends engaged in the various expressions of the Andean culture, and at the end of the meeting everyone went to walk by the malecon of Miraflores.
On that occasion she told me that she had come to Peru as a turist. In Cusco she had an impressive encounter with the "street children".
Cusco is one of the most cosmopolitan cities of South American, and she never thought to find so heartbreaking images as small children in such a state of neglect. This childs, very advanced night, gathered in parks and squares of the city in order to sleep making mutual company and mutual protection in all circumstances.
She told me how difficult resulted to her achieve that some of them get closer to her at that evening hours, while on the day time, was so simple to watched them play and interact with tourists in many activities ranging from simple trade of sweets, newspapers, shoe shine... in short, all those that we are “use” to see.
Something different was to try that they accept her as a "protective", since adults infuse them great fear at that time. But she gradually won their trust and could make a "pact" with a handful of them, who agreed to receive a plate of hot food a day with the condition to accept to go to sleep in the place that she would provide for them.
In little more than one month she gets together nearly twenty children of different ages and conditions... and also of different feelings. Some of them decided to leave the street in exchange for the offer that they were receiving, in addition to food, personal hygiene (first level of health), and education.
Her determination led her to contact some of the children parents to ask for the motives and reasons to leave their children on so abandon situation on the street. There were explanations of all caliber and very dark silence, that were lost in the inhuman feelings.
Rae came to involve in her cooperative work several people, but their respective wills sometimes did not coincide with her´s and they left her "hanging". And she complained that. However, on the other hand, she had obtained positive response from restaurant owners who were permeable to cooperate with her.
Telling me all this and with my knowledge of the legal reality of the Peru I told her that it would be appropriate that she depersonalize her work in order to avoid falling into side responsibilities that could compromise their future and that of his work.
Her determination led her to contact some of the parents children to ask regarding the motives and reasons to leave so their children on the street.
Rae came to commit his work to several people, but their respective wills sometimes did not coincide with yours and they left "hanging". And she complained that. However, on the other hand, it had obtained positive response from restaurant owners who was raising to cooperate with it.
Telling me all this and with my knowledge of the legal reality of the Peru I told her that it would be appropriate that he despersonalize her work in order to avoid falling into side responsibilities that could compromise her future and work.
As presumably her continued tenacity and so then she acquired a house in the town of Urubamba - Valle Sagrado of Cusco which he called Chicuchas Wasi. Its initial conception was to make it a very special tourist hostel, where the first housed were just the children. They received there food, education, housing and dress, but above all love. In addition, having to learn everything that will help them in the future to interact in society and continue to be good people and prosper.
In 1992 I went with a large group of mountain cyclists friends to make several tours arround Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and we get accommodation at the hostel. Living pleasantly with children, from whom we receive many collaboration and joy. So enjoyable moments of sympathy they were recorded in all of us.
It was remarkable to see them very compromize to their respective student obligations, taking care of their own personal and communal obligations. Always emphasizing the joy and happiness of living under the protective mantle of Rae.
I have witnessed very risky facts and one of them was when the urgency of getting a vehicle that would serve as transportation for when she had to go with the children to visit their natural families, who lived in very remote areas of the provinces of Cusco.
She came to Lima, as she announced to bay a vehicle. With this intent we went to different local sale of second hand, until we find the ideal van.
I warned her that it would be necessary to wait for the transfer formalities to conclude so then take it to Cusco. I had to accept the reality that her tenacity and willingness to serve their children was more powerful than the "paperwork", because they can not wait. And, that same evening she went to Cusco... as if it were just around the corner. Of course, that encouraged me to join her... but I was only a lawyer with obligations and a Saturday cyclist adventurous, while she was off-road adventurous solidarity.
Two days later, I received her call, she had arrive to Cusco with peace of mind, despite her little knowledge of the territory and language, thanks to her vast knowledge of herself and confidence that things would be as God had predicted to be. For me, it was a splendid lesson.
Now, at least thirty year later…I may have more to add & tell about Chicuchas-Wasi until today school for girls…is a magnificent work for the good of them that in other circumstances will receive to little from life.
Thank you Lucho. I think you covered most of the 27 years (and only a few errors from memory) so I am impressed. Thank you so much for taking the time to dig down deep to recall all those years. I am glad to see your comments here. Happy Holidays Lucho.-Rae
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.
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.
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!
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.
I have been familiar with Chicuchas Wasi and the work that they do for several years now. I came to know about it through one of my dearest friends, who as a girl went to that school and was eventually able to come to the US and make a life for herself here from a background of poverty. None of this would have been possible if not for CW. CW is changing lives for young girls in Peru for the better and opening doors that otherwise would undoubtedly remain closed, through education. They also provide meals and transport to/from school. CW is a wonderful organization and deserves all the support it can get.
Thank you Kate for you kind words about CW. I know you know quite a bit about our students and the constant action around what we do here as well as in Cusco at the school. I appreciate so much young people who really understand that one person can make a difference in the lives of others and together we move big mountains.