Join us for an opportunity for 30 lucky adventure-minded travelers to extend further into the landscape and the natural habitat of alpacas and the people who have nurtured these incredible creatures for countless years. We only have 4 open seats, so don’t delay!
I’m thrilled to post the first post in our new blog series, Faces of Peru. Each week, I’ll be posting a set of five portraits around a central theme. I hope you enjoy these photos of radiant Casa Chapi students!
The 20/20 alpaca will be the primary premise of my alpaca blog posts. 20/20 is simply a metaphor for what we might achieve. Hopefully this idea will open our minds to a new vision of what is possible when we apply science to the art of alpaca breeding.
“A month after the tragedy, almost 90% of victims are still living precariously in tents, exposed to the cold and prone to illness, and the Central Government has not planned effective action for rehabilitation, and, above all, has not guaranteed the necessary resources,” stressed Arequipa Congressman Apaza Ordonez.
So far, we have raised $35,620 toward the $70,000 needed to build a new kitchen for the people of Ichupampa. Mayor Paricela, the Elderly Association, and the group managing the previous kitchen all identified this project as their number one priority.
The August 15th earthquake in Peru reduced Ichupampa to rubble. Quechua Benefit recently met with the parish priest and the town’s new mayor, whose heart aches for the people she was recently elected to lead. She identified Ichupampa’s greatest need – to rebuild the community kitchen that had been serving its community for many years.
Quechua Benefit has identified a major project in the center of Ichupampa, which is to rebuild the Community Kitchen which was destroyed by the earthquake. The Mayor asked if we could take responsibility for the financing and construction of the building. We are asking for your help to make this possible!
From Peru’s Diario Correo: The 47 students of the primary school San Antonia received blankets so that they could protect themselves from the harsh cold that effects the Colca Valley. The donation was made by the non-governmental entity Quechua Benefit of the United States.
The Colca Valley was hit by a 5.4 earthquake whose epicenter was 15 minutes from Casa Chapi. As fate would have it, the quake virtually destroyed the poorest community in the valley — Ichupampa. This small village’s population includes a disproportionate share of elderly people. Eighty percent of the homes and buildings in the town were destroyed. There is no running water, sewer, or shelter for the homeless.
We asked some of our medical volunteers and translators why they choose to volunteer with Quechua Benefit. Here’s what they had to say.