Quechua Benefit’s 2012 Mission to Peru & The Opening of the Snowmass Health Center Fourteen members of the 2012 Quechua Benefit mission traveled to six towns in the Colca Valley on a rotating basis and they inaugurated the Snowmass Health Center with 6 days of continuous operation. They were accompanied by 3 Peruvian doctors and dentists. Patients were brought to the Snowmass clinic on a daily basis by the mayors from 4 additional towns. In total 10 towns were served […]
The November 2012 medical mission to Casa Chapi is in its final stages of organization. Returning mission team members Bill Beranek, Shellie Clark, Deborah Bailey, Dr. Rhonda Deschner Dr. Jim Anderson will be leading this years team.
Sister Antonia Kayser lived her life to serve God and the people of Peru. Before her passing in 2010 she had attended to the spiritual and physical needs of the Quechua people for 39 years.
Sister Antonia provided a spiritual example for the charities work that has inspired our volunteers and given guidance to our interactions with the Quechua people. Quechua Benefit will do well by learning from her life.
Quechua Benefit mission participants often leave for Peru excited about the good they are about to do for some of the poorest people on earth. Invariably, at some point in the mission, they begin to realize, almost feeling guilty, that they are the ones who may well be benefiting most from the experience. Missions are often “Chicken Soup” for the participant’s soul. Serving someone in need is powerful spiritual medicine.
All you need to know about traveling on your first mission to Peru.
The wild Vicuna stood rigid and still a mere three feet away. Her round ebony eyes mirrored the image of man — her mortal enemy for more than ten thousand years. She seemed to be simultaneously contemplating escape and submission. The cria stood boldly at her side, while the Chacu swirled on around them.
Sister Antonia Kayser is a plucky 81 year-old Catholic nun with a secret. Born and raised in the borough of Brooklyn, New York she is a member of the Maryknoll Order. Sister Antonia has been feeding 800 dirt-poor people a day since 1973 from the courtyard of the church in Yanque, a small town in the Colca Valley of Peru.
The highlands of Peru are home to the vast majority of all the alpacas in the world. The Quechua Indians, who domesticated the vicuna more than five thousand years ago, are the source of the alpaca which now reside in the outside world. Their world of high plains and harsh environment resists the probability of profit, providing the Quechua only a subsistence level existence. A pair of shoes, an extracted tooth, or a warm blanket is out of reach for […]
Quechua Benefit has returned to Peru every year since 1996 delivering clothes, school supplies and dental assistance. The alpaca breeders of the United States have made this possible with their kind and generous donations. Fund raising has progressed from a few loyal donors to the point today where more than 216 breeders have contributed, many donating thousands of dollars.