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.
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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.
It is a beautiful Sunday afternoon here in Indiana. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and there is a smile on my heart. Spring? Yes, but that’s not all. I have seen the face of God today, but not where you might expect. The face of God for me today was clearly one and the same with the face of an eight-year-old young lady named McKayla Adair.
The other path is paved with the footprints of people with good hearts from around the world. People simply motivated by their own personal faith, convictions, goodwill and charity. The other path is one devoid of labels, numbers, outcomes, miles traveled or material accomplishment. It is a simple spiritual journey that has led Quechua Benefit sponsors to do whatever good they may do. We need each of you no matter which road you take.
by Nicholas Skinner This November my sister and I had the opportunity to participate in the 2012 Quechua Benefit Mission in Peru. Our family, as Snowmass Alpacas, has sponsored the building of a medical clinic at Casa Chapi. This year the final construction of the clinic was completed, and we were there to attend the grand opening. The first phase of our journey involved long flights, layovers, sleep deprivation, white-knuckle bus rides along cliff-side roads, and a rapid acclimation to 12,000+ feet. […]
Sister Antonia, provided a spiritual example for the charities work that has inspired our volunteers and given guidance to our interactions with the Quechua people. Quechua Benefit will do well by learning from her life.
Sister Antonia Kayser is a plucky 81 year-old Catholic nun with a secret. Born and raised in the borough of Brooklyn, New York she is a member of the Maryknoll Order. Sister Antonia has been feeding 800 dirt-poor people a day since 1973 from the courtyard of the church in Yanque, a small town in the Colca Valley of Peru.