Meet the Girls of the Scared Valley Dormitory

 

CARLOTA

Hi, my name is Carlota Laucata Quispe. I come from the community of Huilloc, I am 13 years old and my best friend is Sinforosa Huamanhuillca Quispe. Mi favorite food is pizza or whatever la Señora Eli (our cook) or my mom are cooking. My favorite classes are Communications and Quechua. I am happy to be a part of the Sacred Valley project. I want to study tourism and hotel administration.

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth

My name is ELIZABETH Laucata MELO and I am 13 years old. I live in the community of Huilloc which is three hours away to Ollantaytambo . This is my first year in the Sacred Valley Project.  I am in first grade of secondary school.  My favorite subjects are math , communication, and Quechua.  I talk a lot in Quechua with my mom and my two older brothers.

I like to read and study.  My favorite food is chicken stew with vegetables. This year I am excited to be part of the Sacred Valley Project. I want to study hard and be the best student of the school and to inspire other girls to come in the future.

 

 

Flor Nayda

My name is Flor Nayda Ccoiso Ocon, I am 12 years old and live in community of Anapahua.   I must walk three hours to Ollantaytambo where the nearest high school is located.   This is my first year in the Sacred Valley Project and I’m a freshman in secondary school.  My favorite courses are Education for Work, English and Individual and Family.

My native language is Quechua and almost everyone in Anapahua speak Quechua too.  I have two siblings, a brother and a sister, Yessenia, who also is in the Sacred Valley Project.  In my spare time I like reading theater plays, playing volleyball, drawing and playing with my cat.  My favorite food is rice with egg.  This year I want to study hard and read many books.  When I finish high school, I want to be a professional, maybe a teacher.  My favorite book is Myths and Legends and I like to tell stories.

 

NAYDA

My name is NAYDA CARBAJAL CONDOR, I am 13 years old.  I am from the community of Pomatales. I am now in first grade of secondary school in Ollantaytambo.

Pomatales is two hours from Ollantaytambo. It is a very nice place and very cold. Our language is Quechua.  My family is engaged in agriculture.  We grow corn, wheat, potatoes and peaches.

Before joining Sacred Valley Project I walked every day from my house to school. I left my house at ten and arrived at school at 12. After school I would walk home and arrived at 8 pm.

I like studying and my dream is to become a nurse to help my community.

 

nilda

My name is Nilda Sinche Huaman.  I am 15 years and I come from the community of Huilloc. My family consists of my dad who works on the Inca Trail and my mom who is a housewife. I have 7 brothers, all who are currently studying.

At school I like math and English classes. In my free time I like to play volleyball and study for school.

When I finish secondary school I would like to study accounting and have a job that allows me to grow in life and help my family.

I like living in the dorm because I do not live near school and I have to walk many hours each day to get to school.

I also like having good friends in order to share my stuff.

 

nohemi

My name is Nohemi Orihuela Aguilar, I am  17 years old.  I am from the community of Socma. The name of my dad is Porfirio and the name of my mother is Saturnina. I have three sisters named Fiorela , Yesenia and Lucero and one niece called Phierangeli.

I am in my last year of secondary school in General Ollanta in Urubamba.  My favorite subjects are h​istory, religion and physics.

I love sports including soccer and volleyball. My hobbies are listening to music, dancing and playing.

 

 

mariela

I am MARIELA CCOYSO HUILLCA , I am 13 years old and live in the community Pillcobamba. To reach Ollantaytambo I walk four hours, as there is no transport.  My community is small. In my family we are few.  My mom spends her time on housework and taking care of our animals.  My dad works as a porter on the Inca Trail carrying the bags of tourists visiting Machu Picchu.

This is my first year of secondary school and the first year I live in the dormitory of the Sacred Valley Project.

My favorite subjects are math, communication, history and geography.

When I finish high school I would like to study civil engineering.  I would like to build roads to reach remote communities and bridges to make access to communities easier.

In my spare time I like to read and play futbol.

 

Marisol

 

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My name is MARISOL CCASA HUALLPAYUNCA .   I am 14 years old and I am from the community of Socma.   My community is four hours from Ollantaytambo. Only two days a week there are cars , the other days we walk four hours to the main town.

In Socma I completed primary school , but there is no secondary school. I am currently in 1st grade of secondary school.   My favorite course is Quechua, our native language.

In my family we are five children, four women and one boy.   My mom grazes our animals on the hill and cooks for my brothers.  At the end of the day she is very tired.

My dad is a porter on the Inca Trail. It is very hard work because he must carry the bags of tourists on his back.

When I finish secondary school I would like to  continue studying. I want to be a nurse and help my family and the people of my community.

I miss my family a lot during the week, so I look forward to returning home during the weekends in order to spend time with them.

 

Silvia

SilviaMy name is SILVIA HUANACO SURCO, I am 17 years old. I was born on September 6, 1996 in the community of Huayllabamba.  My village is 6 hours from Ollantaytambo.  In my community there is no secondary school.  With Sacred Valley Project , I can stay and live in the house they have for us in Ollantaytambo.  I also get homework help, we have 3 tutors that come every day after school.

I would like to go to college when I finish secondary school.  I want to study Tourism and get a good job as a guide to help my family.

I have a very large family, we are eight siblings. Five girls and three boys.  My dad is a farmer and my mother is a housewife.

In my free time I like to play, dance or read stories.  My favorite subjects at school are math, art, physical education and Quechua.  When I’m at home on the weekends I like to cook and clean my house.  I also help my mom with whatever she needs.

 

sinforosa

My name is SINFOROSA HUAMANHUILLCA Quispe , I am  14 years old. I am from Huilloc , a community that is 13 miles from Ollantaytambo.  In my community I speak Quechua and it is very nice because all the residents wear colorful clothes that we make ourselves. I am in the 2nd grade of secondary school.   My favorite course is Mathematics , Communication, Science, Technology and Environment. I like to read legends, football and music.

I have two sisters and two brothers. My dad is a farmer.  He grows corn, a variety of potatoes, and tarwi . My mom is a weaver. She makes very nice blankets, scarves and skirts. My mom sells her weavings to tourists who visit us. I like being home on the weekends with my family because they are fun , they love to tell jokes and stories.

In the future I would like to be a professional. I want to study accounting to work in an office or want to be a police officer.

I am grateful to the Sacred Valley Project because they help me a lot with what I need. I will always strive to be a better person due to this experience.

 

vicentina

 

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My name is VICENTINA CALIZAYA YUPANQUI.  I am from Abra Malaga.  I am in 3rd grade of secondary school in the town of Ollantaytambo.

In my spare time, after doing my homework, I like to study and read.

My family consists of my dad who works the land, he is a farmer.  He grows various potato varieties.  My mom is a weaver.  I have a younger brother who is attending primary school and a baby brother who was recently born.

My community is located at Kilometer 119, at the top of the mountains. Sometimes snow falls where I live and it gets very cold.  For that reason, plants don’t grow, only mountain grass. The houses are built with stones and thatched roofs. My family also raises animals like alpacas and llamas, the only animals that support the low temperatures.

Sacred Valley Project supports me a lot.  I learn a lot here and the project gives me the opportunity to study. We have private tutors who help us understand our homework and course work.

I would like to continue studying when I finish secondary school, but I still do not know what career I will choose . I just know I want to be professional and I hope to help my family in any way I can.

Now I live in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley Project house with my school mates . With them I play a lot.  They like to dance but since I don’t like to dance I just applaud them when they dance.

 

yackeline

My name Yackeline Ttica Cgumo and I am 13 years old.  I live in the community of Pomatales about two hours walking from Ollantaytambo. This is my first year in the Sacred Valley Project.  I am in first grade of secondary school.  My favorite subjects are math , communication and family and human relations.  I speak Quechua at home with my mom, dad and brothers. I have two brothers and two sisters.  Most people speak Quechua in Pomatales but also Spanish.

I like studying math, helping my mom cook, dancing, helping to set the table, washing dishes, grazing our animals, planting, herding our cattle, working on the farm, and listening to Huayno, the traditional music from the Andes.  My favorite food is cauliflower and green beans with egg and french fries. This year I want to study hard, improve in math and communication, make good friends and learn from the other girls in the project.  When I grow up I want to be a cop.

 

YANET

My name is YANETH SOTO SALARY, I am 14 years old.  I am in my first year of secondary school.  I study at school Ollantay.  My favorite courses are science, technology and environment.

My family consists of my mom, dad and 6 older brothers. We all live in Marcuray, it is a very nice community that is 6 hours of Ollantaytambo.  No cars to get home , we walk to go to any site.

 

 

 

YESSENIA

 

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My name is Yessenia Ccoiso Ocón, I am 13 years old an I am from the community of Anapahua.  My partneral grandfather and dad helped me to be born, because in my community there are no doctors or nurses.  I am in second grade of secondary school.  I enjoy reading books of stories, legends, and jokes.  My dad is a farmer.  He grows various potato varieties, corn, wheat, barley, peas and other things.  My mother is a housewife and knows how to knit sweaters.  I have a sister and a brother.  On the weekends I like to visit my grandfather because he tells me stories and anecdotes.

I would like to continue studying in college when I finish.  I still do not know what career but maybe tourism so as to be a guide .

Living in Ollantaytambo is nice but I miss my family, especially my mother and my brother. I make this effort thinking that if I study it will help me be better every day and give me new opportunities in the future.

 

graduates of the program

In 2013 the Sacred Valley Project celebrated our first graduate, Dina Suarez Echame.  Dina is currently studying administration with a focus in accounting at the La Sale Institute of Urubamba.

Dina

Dina

My name is Dina Suarez Echame. I live in the community of Pallata and I study at the La Sale Institute in Urubamba. I am currently studying administration with hopes to one day become an accountant. My favorite dish is chicken and rice and I would like to travel to Arequipa. I like all types of music.