Groundbreaking Progress at Casa Chapi


Ten years ago, Casa Chapi was only a dream, but you made the dream a life-changing reality. Casa Chapi has touched hundreds of kids’ lives. Between 2009 and 2013 Quechua Benefit created a school for underprivileged children in the Colca Valley. During the first five years a dining hall, 4 children’s casitas,  garage workshop and 2 greenhouses were completed. At the end of 2013, 60 kids were living at Casa Chapi. Take a look at your love and generosity has accomplished for them in the last five years:

2014: 6 classrooms, a library and an additional casita were built. 70 kids lived at Casa Chapi.
2015: The first kids graduated! A world-class soccer field replaced the dirt field and a non-denominational Chapel was built at Casa Chapi.
2016: With your support 7 children began high school in Arequipa. The entire Chivay campus went solar-powered green.
2017: Casa Chapi’s Arequipa campus for secondary school students opened, and 20 Casa Chapi graduates moved into the new building.
2018: A 30′ x 60′ greenhouse was added to the Chivay campus. Our largest graduating class will continue their education in Arequipa.
2019: A second building was added to the Arequipa campus and today, thanks to your generosity, more than 100 students live and attend school on two Casa Chapi campuses.

A big thank you to all who created this video:

Jay Reeder, Executive Producer
Nigel Joseph, Producer/Editor
Brandon Cooper, Camera
Emily Torres, Camera
Nigel Joseph, Steadi Grip Camera

The September 2016 issue of Alpaca Culture featured an article on the stained glass windows at Casa Chapi’s Maranatha Chapel. Read the full article, “Local Story Reflected in Stained Glass” by Meyla Bianco Johnston, below!

Quechua Benefit engaged a designer and we came up with very traditional Anglo-style church designs. Everyone here liked the designs, but we thought it would be best if Padre Marcos, the local Parish Priest, looked them over before we engaged a glass artist.

Padre Marcos took one look and asked, “Do you think we could do the Virgin Mary in traditional Colca dress?” A light went on and we all decided to design the windows to include Colca Valley cultural icons.


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