Catherine Wehage By Catherine Wehage | April 11, 2018

Casa Chapi Children’s Village

Casa Chapi Children’s Village was conceived, created and constructed with one thought in mind: children should be given the opportunity to dream, grow and prosper in a safe, loving environment. In the poverty-stricken communities of the Peruvian highlands, this ideal is often not attainable.

Casa Chapi provides a nurturing refuge to children whose families, despite their hard work and best efforts, are unable to provide for them. It gives these kids a roof over their heads, warm clothes on their backs, nourishing food in their bellies, and excellent education. It provides a nurturing space for play, learning, creative expression, and big dreams.

We currently have 100 children living and going to school at Casa Chapi, and this number will continue to rise as we expand our facilities.

The cornerstone of life at Casa Chapi is the family unit. The children, boys and girls ages 5 through 13, are all raised together in age-appropriate “families” in small cottages, each lovingly attended by a full-time tia (Aunt).

Families travel as often as they can visit and maintain closeness with their children. Some travel for hours, coming from remote villages in the highlands. Each contributes according to his or her ability, from preparing a few potatoes and washing clothes, to bringing welcome pieces of fresh meat from their homes.

The pulse that runs through Casa Chapi is fueled by love and generosity. The children’s vitality can be seen in their wide-eyed, joyful faces as they strike the soccer ball or dig their forks into platters of thick meat, potatoes, vegetables, and beans. It can be seen in the look of concentration as they study their math text or the speed with which tiny hands shoot to the sky when the teacher poses a question during their morals and values class. The smiles are broad and unmistakable.

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