The highlands of Peru are home to the vast majority of all the alpacas in the world. The Quechua Indians, who domesticated the vicuna more than five thousand years ago, are the source of the alpaca which now reside in the outside world. Their world of high plains and harsh environment resists the probability of profit, providing the Quechua only a subsistence level existence. A pair of shoes, an extracted tooth, or a warm blanket is out of reach for […]
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Quechua Benefit has returned to Peru every year since 1996 delivering clothes, school supplies and dental assistance. The alpaca breeders of the United States have made this possible with their kind and generous donations. Fund raising has progressed from a few loyal donors to the point today where more than 216 breeders have contributed, many donating thousands of dollars.
I have been given the privilege of sharing with the entire Quechua benefit family the joy and success our most recent medical outreach to the Colca Valley this past November. The mission was staffed by 17 American and Canadian volunteers; our largest group of volunteers to date. We had four physicians, four nurses, one medical assistant, one occupational therapist and seven wonderful helpers that working together at the Health Posts in Chivay and Callilli.
I received a phone call from the director of Quechua Benefit, Mr. Mike Safley, at 3:00 AM this morning to tell me that he had just been advised by Peru that there is some problem with the license the charity has been granted for the importation of donated medicines;…
Quechua Benefit’s first medical mission and their largest mission to date served more than 2000 patients.
Hearts are forever changed when people step out of their own world and enter someone else’s. Mirian and Katarina know this better than most.
Marilyn Nishitani’s kind word and loving touch did as much as the medicine she prescribed on a recent trip to Peru.
The Quechua have become a forgotten people, often abandoned by their government, exploited by the machinery of commerce and left behind by the advances of medicine and the march of modernity. It is Quechua Benefit‘s goal to deliver a modest measure of relief and hope to the everyday challenge of their lives.