About Our Philanthropy:
The Sacred Valley Project addresses the need for better access to secondary school for Quechua girls from rural Andean communities by removing the barrier of a long and unsafe journey.
We do so by providing a dormitory and education center where the girls can live in a safe and nurturing environment while receiving nutritious meals and after school tutoring so that they do not have to make the trek to and from their villages (located on average 2-4 hours away) on a daily basis.
The pilot dormitory opened in Ollantaytambo in 2010 and was the first step towards improving access to secondary education for a few young women of the highlands. We quickly gained support from local and international communities alike. In 2015 we opened a second location in a town called Calca, Peru. We support girls from approximately 18 rural, Andean communities in the region.
SVP students come to the dormitory on Sunday afternoons, attend the local school during the week, and if possible, return home to their villages on the weekends so they may spend time with their families and participate in their traditional familial responsibilities. Students whose villages are too far from the dormitories will spend the weekend with us as well and go home over longer school breaks.
From inception, the dormitory was intended to be more than just a living space. It is a place of community and growth, in which the girls learn to set goals and achieve them in a warm and positive environment. We provide a space that nurtures and supports indigenous girls in their endeavor to adapt to the culture of an urban area, Spanish speaking schools, and academic struggles as result of poor primary education.
The Sacred Valley Project and the Embassy of Peru cordially invite you to join us for our third annual Evening with the Sacred Valley Project. This year we are focusing the evening on creating awareness for the obstacles girls face in reaching secondary schools within the Andes. Showcasing footage of the journey students face, we will tell the story of two Sacred Valley Project girls and the distances they, and others among them, must travel from their communities to access to education. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate the young women in the Sacred Valley who are transforming their lives through education by enjoying an evening of inspirational programming, silent auction, Peruvian dance, the Embassy’s latest Peruvian art exhibit as well as Pisco sours & hors d’oeurves including Peruvian fare sponsored by the Embassy of Peru. Returning again for the second year, Papalca USA specializes in sharing the knowledge and love for Peruvian arts, music & dance. We are so excited to see these talented dancers perform again this year! Proceeds of this event will benefit the incoming SVP Students for the 2019 school year. At this year’s Annual SVP Event, we have a goal of raising enough funds to open FOUR new spots for adolescent girls from remote communities in the Sacred Valley of Peru to benefit from boarding, access to education, tutoring and mentorship. It is our hope that we can expand to meet the needs of more students who desperately want a chance at an education and at a choice for their future.
*The Sacred Valley Project is a federal tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code, EIN 27-1185258. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.