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Review for Peruvian Hearts, Golden, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I recently travelled to Cusco, Peru to visit the young scholars of Peruvian Hearts. I had the unique opportunity to meet with 28 Peruvian girls and visit their family homes. I listened to their personal stories and met and talked with some of their family members. I learned of the challenges young girls face in getting an education and witnessed first hand the poverty conditions that pervade areas of the country. To be a Peruvian scholar is a unique commitment, one that ultimately can lead to breaking the cycle of unskilled labor, early motherhood, and continuous poverty for adolescent girls. The young women that I met are overcoming the odds and accomplishing great things. They are achieving outstanding academic success in a culture where university education is rare for young girls. Many are receiving honors in majors like mining engineering, mathematics, biology, business management, hotel management and culinary arts. And, they are giving back to their communities through service and home improvement projects. I felt the sense of passion and gratefulness evolving within the girls as they described their academic work and the support they experience through Peruvian Hearts. They are dreaming about their futures and becoming leaders in their communities even as they work hard to overcome the difficult circumstances they face. Their stories uplifted me and changed me. Peruvian Hearts is making a difference.

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