Alejandro Tejeda, our Peru Country Director, and the QB Peru Staff have been like Energizer bunnies during the pandemic, overcoming tremendous obstacles and never tiring in their efforts to serve Casa Chapi kids and their families.
Alejandro was concerned for kids as they returned to their homes when the pandemic began. Many families struggle to have enough food during good times. When COVID hit Peru, many families in the highlands were unable to work. Thanks to your generous donations, as soon as it was possible, the Peru Staff purchased and delivered a month’s supply of food and schoolbooks to Casa Chapi families. The kids were delighted to see “Tio Alejandro,” and he loved seeing them, too.
Quarantine deadlines were extended, and Casa Chapi kids couldn’t return to the campus. So the QB Peru Staff continued to visit their homes. In July, Alejandro and QB nutritionist Claudia tested and treated kids for anemia and continued food deliveries. By August, Arequipa became the most COVID affected city in Peru. With little thought for themselves, they continued traveling to remote locations to support your Casa Chapi families.
It’s clear that every one of your students matters to Alejandro. Janeth, whose home has no radio, TV or internet, couldn’t access virtual school. Alejandro found a way to help her. “It was beautiful to see Janeth waiting for me!” exclaimed Alejandro, when he visited Janeth at her home. She had received your generous provision of food and anemia treatment, but her remote location made it impossible for her to participate in Casa Chapi’s virtual learning. Alejandro spoke with her parents, and he found a way for Janeth to continue school.
Because of your generosity and the commitment of the QB Peru Staff to the Quechua people, your Casa Chapi kids have not only received food, schoolbooks, cellphones to help with virtual learning, and clothing, but they have also felt your love.
Alejandro and the Staff have also been key in QB’s community mask campaigns in villages throughout the Colca Valley. Your generous gifts provided more than 17,000 people with masks, soap, and information to fight the spread of COVID.
Thank you, Alejandro and the entire QB Peru Staff, for your dedication!