You Did It! Casa Chapi Graduates Head to College!

Please join us to create a scholarship fund for the final stretch of their education journey to break the cycle of poverty!

Let’s support them together.

Casa Chapi opened in 2011 to help the children of poor alpaca breeders receive an education and break the multigenerational cycle of poverty. Because of you, Casa Chapi has grown every year. In 2017 and 2019 we added homes in Arequipa for Casa Chapi graduates to continue their education at secondary school.

Now, several Casa Chapi graduates are ready for the next step: college. Thanks to your generosity, Isaac, Ronald, and Wilfredo now attend SENATI Technical Institute. Without you none of this would be possible.

Now THIS is impact!

In 2012, Xeina’s mother brought her to Casa Chapi to give her the opportunity for a better future. Xeina is Casa Chapi’s first US exchange student and will graduate high school in 2022. Xeina’s vibrant personality was evident when she enrolled at Casa Chapi. A few years later, when we asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, she replied, “When I grow up, I want to be a doctor. A doctor of kids.” She toured with the Matsiko World Orphan Choir in 2014, learning a little English. Then she moved to Oregon and became part of the VandenBosch family.

You can help all of their dreams come true! When you give to Quechua Benefit’s Scholarship Program for Casa Chapi graduates, 100% of your donation will help their families break the cycle of poverty forever!

In January 2019, the Wall Street Journal published Bill Gates’ article, “The Best Investment I’ve Ever Made.” Gates believes that certain types of nonprofits are the best investments in all the world. He and Melinda have invested $10 billion into such charities. These charities are not sexy, and even though few people have heard of them, the return on their investment is the highest value play you can make. Especially when you compare it to stocks and bonds. Quechua Benefit is a mini version of the nonprofits Bill describes. Here is Bill’s case in his own words:

  • I’ve always assumed that 10% of my technology investments will succeed—and succeed wildly.
  • Change Discovering a new vaccine, I figured, would be just as hard as discovering the next tech unicorn. (Vaccines are much harder, it turns out.)
  • One type of investment has surprised me. . . . It’s what people in the global-health business call “financing and delivery.” Decades ago, these investments weren’t sure bets, but today, they almost always pay off in a big way.

Bill describes exactly what Quechua Benefit’s anemia prevention campaigns do day in and day out. We organize mass distribution of iron deficiency anemia therapy to the remote highlands of Peru.

Gates continues, “When Melinda and I began investing in these funds back in 2000, our goal was to save lives and stop suffering, and by that measure these institutions have succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. But they’ve also been successful in the way that investments traditionally are: They’ve created a lot of wealth, because when people aren’t sick in bed, they can go to work or school.”

Quechua Benefit has a unique strength. We efficiently manage mass delivery of essential services over a vast geographic area to remote communities. The indigenous population in our service area is 1,308,665.

Anemia is the world’s second leading cause of disability, behind only malaria. Anemia has a proven, simple and cost-effective cure. The first step is to treat its primary root cause in Peru: intestinal parasites that devour 25% of the nutrition consumed by their host, cause internal bleeding, fatigue, anemia, and malnutrition. The second step is to administer an inexpensive iron deficiency therapy.

Here’s what the experts say:

Between birth and 5 years of age an anemic child’s brain only develops in size to 75% of its potential.

The typical IQ of a child afflicted by anemia is 10 points less than his unafflicted peer.

In 2016, Quechua Benefit’s first anemia prevention campaign treated 1,000 children for parasites and cured 60% of the anemic children.

From 2016–­2018 Quechua Benefit has treated 15,439 women and children.

When you generously invest your hard-earned money in Quechua Benefit, we can change the world for thousands, even millions of people. Will you join us to wipe out anemia among the Quechua people? With your support, we will.

How do your contributions to Quechua Benefit keep girls in school, empower them to take control of their lives, and change the course of their futures? Watch our new animated short film to find out.

Virtual Tour of Arequipa House

Join Quechua Benefit on Thursday, May 18th to celebrate the successes of our mission in Peru! Don’t miss out on live music from Afro-Peruvian band Inka Jam, photo ops with Napoleon and Jean-Pierre the Alpacas, “Ace of Illusions” Nate Jester, a delicious three-course meal, open bar, PDX Photo Lounge, and a unique offering of live and silent auction items that you won’t find anywhere else. Please RSVP here at your earliest convenience. We look forward to seeing you soon!

We are happy to report to you that Ichupampa is rising from the rubble left by an earthquake in August 2016. Water and sewer lines are restored and a temporary schoolhouse will be in service when school resumes in March.

Thanks to you, the Madre Antonia Memorial Kitchen in Ichupampa is nearing completion. The Quechua Benefit team was onsite last week, and the building will be up and running no later than March 15th.The entire community sends you their love and thanks for the tremendous generosity that the worldwide Quechua Benefit community poured out in the face of their tragedy. Quechua Benefit donors from eight countries contributed to the reconstruction effort, paid for warm blankets, and donated one ton of food.

We will return in April for the official inauguration of the facility as well as the first 2017 preventative medicine campaign through our Healthy Communities initiative.

None of this would be possible without your donations and willingness to help people in their time of need.

We are thrilled to release our newest video, “Searching for Siomera.” This short film tells the story of how one little girl became the inspiration for the Quechua Benefit Healthy Communities campaign. Watch to find out how this initiative promises to positively impact the lives of thousands of children in the Colca Valley and beyond.

Thank you Dr. Jose Mosquera and the team at PASS for your support in developing this project, and thank you to the hardworking video and production team at Hitchhiker Pictures!