Casa Mantay is a home for adolescent mothers between the ages of 12 and 18 and their babies. The young women at Casa Mantay come from a variety of backgrounds, but most come to the home seeking refuge from abuse, economic hardship, or social stigma. Casa Mantay provides a loving and safe environment and aims to instill the values of hard work and responsibility in its residents through household chores and responsibilities. GirlSportWorks plays a unique role in the lives of these girls, encouraging them to set aside their myriad duties, embrace active play, and enjoy healthy competition.
Colegio San Luis Vallejo
Colegio San Luis Vallejo, known as Santoni, is a public day school located in Santiago, an impoverish district of Cusco. GSW has been working with this school since 2004. Class is held at a community recreational area and thus, the space is shared with other neighborhood children. In 2011, GSW undertook an extensive project to renovate the community courts. The newly renovated recreational space gives students a cleaner and safer place to learn and play. It also garnered significant public attention and support for our program within this community.
Colegio Los Nogales is a co-ed, public, elementary school with 120 students ranging in age from 5 to 13 years old. Located in an impoverished neighborhood near the airport, Colegio Los Nogales sits 15 minutes south of Cusco’s center. The school offers traditional courses to its students and also serves as a social hub for the community. GirlSportWorks introduced its sports program at Colegio Los Nogales in December, 2003, making it GSW’s longest-participating host school. GSW leads sports classes for girls in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade and also offers English classes to all students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade at the school. GirlSportWorks supported the construction of a new building at Los Nogales, and has provided additional support such as grounds cleaning efforts.
Virgen Del Rosario
Virgen Del Rosario, the newest addition to the GirlSportWorks program, was launched in October 2012. Virgen Del Rosario is a small co-ed, public school located in Ayuda Mutua, a neighborhood that sits on a large hill in north Cusco and boasts one of the best views of the entire city. This school is a tight-knit community with 120 students and 6 teachers. GSW utilizes the school´s court to teach sports classes to girls in 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade.