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!
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“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.
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.
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The wild Vicuna stood rigid and still a mere three feet away. Her round ebony eyes mirrored the image of man — her mortal enemy for more than ten thousand years. She seemed to be simultaneously contemplating escape and submission. The cria stood boldly at her side, while the Chacu swirled on around them.