October 23,2016Alpaca Breeding
Don Julio Barreda once told me that he believed alpaca were mana from heaven, rained down on Peru by a benevolent God. There is an old Quechua myth that tells the story of a princess, the daughter of an Apu, who lived in Lake Titicaca and was given a dowry of alpacas when she married a young boy who lived on the shores of the lake. But there is...
October 20,2016Healthy Communities
Nonprofits often report on their activities by quantifying the results in mathematical terms, but these numbers do not begin to describe the work that hundreds of loving volunteers and generous donors do to create the math. The most recent trip to Peru by a Quechua Benefit team is a case in point – the story of people moving small mountains...
October 18,2016Casa Chapi
The donkeys hit their harnesses but the wagon would not move. More than a dozen men set their backs to the wagon, but still, it did not budge. Bent over from their effort and completely perplexed, the men in charge of the caravan suddenly heard a voice that seemed to emanate from the statue. It was crying, “Chaypi! Chaypi!”
October 16,2016Alpaca Breeding
The Inca rulers, with their gift for organizing and governing vast territories, elevated the wild vicuña to exclusive status in their empire. The Sun Kings forbade the killing of vicuña. Instead, ceremonial hunts, or chaccus, were held annually. Thirty thousand people would form a half circle, beating drums and chanting, as the vicuña ran...
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“llaqtakunaq atipayninwan, teqrimuyuta kuyuchisunchis”
When the villages work together, we will turn this world around
~ Quechua proverb
Let’s work together
With your help we can bring medicine, doctors, schools, and help to the Quechua people
“QB is taking aide directly to the people who need it without it being filtered through bureaucracies and a lot of money being spent for nothing. It’s very efficient and they make good use of the volunteers and the doctors. (more…)
“I loved the trip to the highlands, but it was hair-raising at times. The people up there are so tough, I just admire them so much!”