Chaska's mission addresses poverty and gender equality by supporting girls from poor to extremely poor 1-parent families and helps them build stable futures through education.
About 24% of the population of Cusco, Peru, live on the edge of extreme poverty. This represents about 30.000 families of which 72% are single mothers with on average 2.6 children. Girls growing up in these families have a pre-destined path ahead of them that leads almost inevitably to forming the next generation of extremely poor families.
First of all Chaska selects the candidates based on character and personality rather than previous school results. This is done with psychological tests like HSPQ and SDQ which we adjusted specifically to fit local culture.
Second, Chaska offers a broad range of support including financial, educational and emotional programs. Working with families that live in extreme poverty since 2006 has taught us that it is really important to address all limitations so that girls can start dreaming of a bigger and better future and break the circle of poverty.
Who We Are
Asociación Civil sin Fines de Lucro FairServices is a Peruvian non-profit organization, founded on September 16th, 2006 in Cusco, Peru by 2 Peruvian sisters; Fanny and Noemi Huanec Cabana and a Belgian; John Adriaenssens. In 2006 FairServices started training single mothers, living in poverty, to become Spanish teachers to teach foreigners, competing in a very opportunistic market based on cheap labor and foreign prices.
In January 2007 we opened our Spanish school, employing and supporting 15 single mothers. With a unique combination of quality, service and social purpose, FairServices grew really hard and soon after became a serious player in Cusco. Between 2007 and 2011 we did a lot of research to find a way to break the circle of poverty, seemingly being handed down from generation to generation. This brought us to children and the importance of education in combination with nutrition and health. Numerous volunteers, travelers and interns added their knowledge, ideas and creativity which led to the concept for WaaW.
In March 2012 we opened WaaW, our after school project for poor children. WaaW focuses on young children, ages 6 to 12, from poor to extremely poor families. In 2013 we started a partnership with a Dutch organization; Poco-a-Poco. They help children and teenagers with education and needed a stable base in Cusco.
Since 2014 we started the first of a number of research projects to understand how the educational system in Cusco works and why it is so hard for poor people to get a decent education and a diploma. In 2016 we connected the concept for young children with the rest of the educational system and developed a number of programs to help poor children, starting at primary school level, all the way up to their graduation. On this website you find all the information about what we do, why we do it and how you can help us reach our goals.
Making a Donation
To make a donation you just have to follow the link to our Paypal donation page by clicking the button below. This link is for general donations only. For a donation towards specific kids,teenagers and young adults please contact our office to see what the possibilities are.