In 2017 the girls brought to our attention that life away from CW support had become too difficult for them to navigate without help. They requested psychologist support and to be more closely connected with the CW family support since their dysfunctional home life had left them feeling alone and unable to manage their young lives.
The Xiomara program began with regular formal guidance and meetings with Alejandro, the CW psychologist, who worked with parents and CW staff meetings to assure the needs of our graduated girls were met. The results have been exceptional and the girls have been able to stay in high school.
We also increased the support for our 115 primary school girls with this more formal approach to their family abuse, neglect and abandonment at home. The improvement in the parent’s behavior toward their daughters is noticed today.
Our graduates frequently return to their beloved school to visit and share stories of their life in the public high school in Cusco. We are up to date on their progress, achievements and difficulties away from the Chicuchas Wasi family style of comprehensive education. In 2015 we formed the CW Alumnae Sisterhood that meet every 2 months with the director for a lunch meeting and also with the current students of the Chicuchas Wasi school to act as mentors for the next graduating class and to help younger students prepare for life away from CW. They are our youngest ambassadors for CW and are constantly promoting and sharing the values they learned while at CW school.