TEXTBOOKS FOR PERU
– ANNE WHITE AND KIRA WILCOX
Anne White and Kira Wilcox traveled to Peru in July of 2013 with Pam,
Kevin Pechacek’s sister-in-law. Anne is a Spanish teacher in the Hudson
School District. Kira is a member of Rotaract, and has worked on several
past Rotary projects; her father is a member of the Hudson Rotary Club.
Anne and Kira visited the villages of Patawasi, Chaupiwasi,
Chaukipampa, Hantupampa and Paccha. While these villages are just 12
miles west of Ayacucho as the crow flies, it is a somewhat treacherous five hour
trip by motor vehicle. It is not uncommon for children to walk two
hours to school.
The River Falls Rotary Club’s support of Fundacion Comunidad http://fundacioncomunidad.org/ over the past nine years has helped
support the construction of school buildings; school lunches at six schools;
mini-libraries for six schools; school teacher salaries; and university
Anne and Kira were impressed with the high level of parental
involvement; parents are engaged both at school and at home.
Kira was particularly impacted by the scholarship program; she noted that
in some cases, we are providing opportunities for higher education to
students from villages with nothing more than preschool programs. Of
the 600-700 total students in the villages we support, 40-50 students
graduate each year; 4-5 of these are provided with scholarships to cover
living expenses (the government funds the universities).
John Kremer reported that we are planning to apply for funding through
Rotary International, whereby we could turn $10,000 from clubs in our
district into nearly $40,000. Stay tuned for more information!
Learn Quechua!(The language of the villages)
Bye = Ripuchkanina (Ree pooch ka neenya)
Thank You = Sulpayki (Sool pie kee)