In My Words: Xiena Ccallo

Xiena, a graduate of Casa Chapi, is our first exchange student in the United States. She currently lives in Bend, Oregon with Amanda VandenBosch, our Board Chair, and her family. I was born in Yanque, Peru on April 8, 2003. I have six brothers and sisters who are 9, 12, 21, 27, 29, and 31. Before I went to Casa Chapi, I had to be like a mom to my little brothers,  because my mother would go to the farm […]

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Casa Chapi Art Camp IV

This year 25 children from Chalhuanca, an extremely isolated village at the end of a long, rough dirt road, traveled three hours to attend the camp at Casa Chapi. These are children who rarely, if ever, leave their village, so the trip itself was an adventure, not to mention sleeping overnight with the 70 kids housed at the school.

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The Long Road to Casa Chapi

The pulse on the flight from Atlanta to Lima is livelier, more social than on USA domestic flights. A cacophony of language and laughter radiates through the air. Excited tourists mingle with home-going Peruvians amid a flurry of selling in for the six-hour flight. My seatmates are curious and friendly. They ask me why I’m headed to Peru and I explain that I help direct the education program at a school in the highlands – a school called Casa Chapi.

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