Construction started last week with the demolition and removal of the existing building. This week the foundations are being dug. Over the next 16 weeks, you will see the construction rise up. We are targeting a mid-March completion.
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Today, the reconstruction effort is in full swing, the money has been raised, the contracts with the municipality are signed, the site is being cleared, and Dale is in Peru again to begin construction. Quechua Benefit’s wish is that the new construction, the town’s first since the earthquake, will provide people with the understanding that they are not alone. That someone sees their struggle and wants to do something about it.
The best way to understand the volunteer medical team’s achievements over 15 days is to watch them in action. From the time they eat a rushed breakfast until the time they return late at night after a long day of travel, they literally do not stop. Part three of this series covers the Healthy Communities medical mission volunteers.
Sue Regier, the Director of Casa Chapi, and Cassondra Puls of PASS, a Washington D.C. consulting firm, did in-depth interviews of Casa Chapi’s five teachers, four educational staff members, 63 students, and all of their parents. The interviews were conducted in-person at Casa Chapi over a 10-day period.
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 to make an immediate difference in people’s lives.
We recently returned from Casa Chapi and our inaugural “Healthy Communities” campaign. The QB team was honored to be in the company of Dr. Jose Mosquera, an esteemed expert on parasite prevention and anemia treatment, who serves as the Executive Consultant on Public Health at PASS. Read his full analysis of our Healthy Communities Initiative here.
We asked some of our medical volunteers and translators why they choose to volunteer with Quechua Benefit. Here’s what they had to say.
We are often asked questions such as “How long have you been doing missions in Peru?” or “Do you have to be religious to participate?” or “Is there a mission fee?”. This FAQ articles will answer most of those questions and more.
The team arrived in Peru 3 weeks before the Thanksgiving Holiday and left in time to rejoin their families for the traditional rituals of giving thanks and counting blessings. The 32 members some from as far away as Australia and England, formed 4 teams, worked at 9 different locations, saw 1890 patients offering free medical and dental care. Each team member experienced the gift of giving back.
Thirty-one members of the 2013 Quechua Benefit mission traveled to six towns in the Colca Valley on a rotating basis and they inaugurated the Snowmass Health Center with 6 days of continuous operation. They were accompanied by three Peruvian doctors and dentists. Patients were brought to the Snowmass clinic on a daily basis by the mayors from four additional towns.