The mission of the Sacred Valley Project is to provide boarding and supplementary education for young women from low income families in remote areas of the Andes so that they can continue and complete their secondary education.
Addressing a Need
In the Sacred Valley of Peru, the world’s most direct descendants of the Inca Empire live in extreme poverty, struggling to meet even the most basic of needs. One of the most severe problems for rural villages in the region is a lack of access to public services. Children must walk several hours to the nearest elementary school and high schools are often only located in larger towns, too far from home for students to commute daily. While boys often move to urban centers to pursue an education, this same opportunity is not available for many girls. Only 3 in every 10 Peruvian girls from rural Andean communities enroll into high school.
The Sacred Valley Project makes secondary education possible for young, indigenous women from mountain communities who would otherwise not be able to attend school. We believe that education for women is an especially important investment as young women are likely to pass on the benefits of their education to their children and families, and have a greater impact on reducing the cycle of poverty. Studies show that an educated woman is more likely to have a smaller and healthier family, a stronger voice in family negotiations and the ability to advocate for herself and her children.
What We Do
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of indigenous girls from the Andes Mountains of Peru. We work with adolescent girls from remote regions of the Sacred Valley with strong academic potential but little access to education.
In our program, young and bright girls are provided with a safe place to stay, well-balanced meals, access to public schools, private tutoring and opportunities for learning and work after graduation.
We have been helping young Andean women since 2010 and are looking forward to expanding our project to benefit more students in 2013.
Long Term Goals
Construct and maintain dormitories for female students from poor and marginalized communities who show academic potential.
- Provide supplementary education, academic support and security for girls to attend secondary school.
- Assist in the pursuit of higher education in order to form female leaders who will work for the progress and development of their communities.
- Educate the women who will become the mothers of educated children and will cultivate a culture that prioritizes education in their communities.
- Preserve the cultural values by utilizing traditional agricultural, artistic and culinary practices.
- Create an atmosphere in which the students approach their studies as a priority and work to develop their vocational talents in computation, handicrafts and other skills that will be complementary to their studies and will assist in achieving independence.
Download SVP’s Mission Statement.