Thank you for your continued support of Quechua Benefit during the coronavirus pandemic. This is an unusual situation for the entire globe, and we appreciate your concern for our extended family and programs in Peru. So far very few cases of the virus have been reported in the Colca Valley where Quechua Benefit operates. You can keep up-to-date on the coronavirus in Peru here.
On March 16, Peru was placed in a mandatory quarantine and is expected to remain in this state until at least April 26. This was just a week after school had begun, so all the students at Casa Chapi in Chivay and the secondary school boarding houses in Arequipa were sent home.
As soon as possible we will open the doors of Casa Chapi and welcome the students, teachers, house mothers and parents back.
Our scheduled spring anemia campaign was also put on hold. As soon as possible, we will begin reaching more than 2,900 women and children throughout the Colca Valley with testing and treatment for anemia and parasites. Since the campaigns are operated through the schools, we have to wait until school resumes for the campaigns to begin.
You give families in Peru hope during this uncertain time. They need you now more than ever. Quechua Benefit is focusing scarce resources where they are needed most and will have a lasting impact. Your generosity now enables us to get through this difficult time and emerge as a stronger organization to help even more people in need.
Our work among the most vulnerable in the remotest parts of Peru will continue, but we have had to cancel or postpone several scheduled fundraising events due to the current circumstances.
Your donation today will directly impact the education, health and welfare of the Quechua people. Remember that 100% of your generous donation goes directly toward breaking the cycle of poverty among the Quechua people of Peru.
Thank you for your faithful support.