Thank you for your generosity to Quechua Benefit. 2020 has been the most challenging year on record for most of us, but you have created many bright spots along the way for people we serve in Peru.
In December of 2019, Isaac became our first Casa Chapi student to graduate from high school. Mike first met him as a small, shy 6thgrader, but now he is a confident young man who has been accepted to attend SENATI Technical Institute. Isaac, his brother Christian and twin sisters Lizbeth and Judith all have a bright future because of Casa Chapi.
In March, Ichupampa’s Sister Antonia’s Kitchen celebrated its third anniversary. After an earthquake destroyed the original kitchen in August of 2016, you generously donated to rebuild it. Since March of 2017, loving hands have served many thousands of hot meals to needy residents.
“I am very old, but I am the happiest person about the kitchen. I don’t have to eat alone, and I can see my friends.” –A resident of Ichupampa
COVID-19 hit Peru hard in just after a new school year began in March. Our Casa Chapi kids returned to their homes. In-home quarantines and curfews continued for months. Your generous donations supplied cellphones to all the children, and Casa Chapi’s teachers were trained to provide virtual learning so your kids will keep learning.
Families were struggling to provide necessities. So, in June you provided monthly food boxes, schoolbooks, anemia treatment, and cellphones for Casa Chapi families. When Alejandro, our Peru Country Director, received permission to travel, he made deliveries and reported, “I saw our kids after two and a half months. Those days were very emotional for the kids and me. They miss Casa Chapi and their teachers.”
Since September, you have helped us reach more than 16,000 people in nine remote villages with masks, soap and educational brochures to fight the spread of COVID. They are grateful that you love them and have not forgotten them.
We could not have done it without you! We’re looking forward to doing more in 2021 to help the Quechua people in the highlands of Peru not only survive but also to thrive.