Quechua Benefit 1996-Present
The charity expands to service 40 communities in the Altiplano and sees their patient count top 36,000.
Quechua Benefit introduces International Children’s network to Peru. By 2016 they are sponsoring hundreds of the poorest children of Peru, supporting their education and helping their families.
The construction of the Snowmass Health Clinic, four residential casitas, kitchen, dining hall, two green houses, an animal building for chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs, garage, and workshop are completed.
Dental missions continue and the first annual international medical mission is conducted by 21 doctors, nurses, and translators who see 2,173 patients.
Construction begins on the new sports facility and soccer field.
51 children live and attend school at Casa Chapi. English as a second language is taught beginning in the first grade.
Quechua Benefit begins leading alpaca breed improvement programs in the Peruvian highlands, supplying fiber testing equipment, genetic improvement education, and marketing support.
Construction begins on a new four-room schoolhouse, chapel, casita for 12 more children, a central plaza, and administrative offices.
Casa Chapi goes green and becomes self-sufficient, installing a solar energy system and retiring the gas-operated generator permanently.
Quechua Benefit establishes the Allyima brand to market hand-spinning yarn in the USA and begins importing artesian products made by highland women in alpaca breeding communities. The goal of the Alliyma project is to make Quechua Benefit financially sustainable and provide jobs and training to women in the highlands.
Quechua Benefit initiates its partner school program in association with Cascades Academy in Bend, Oregon that will eventually grow to four schools in the USA or abroad.
The schoolhouse, casita, plaza and chapel are all completed. Wi-Fi is installed and available in the classrooms. 63 children now attend Casa Chapi. Construction begins on two additional classrooms. The staff at Casa Chapi grows to 21.
The Quechua Benefit medical team initiates it first ever preventative medicine campaign that attends to 6,000 people in seven towns and ten schools. This program delivers parasite medicine, anemia treatment, dental exams, dental fluoride treatments, eye exams, and eyeglasses.
Our first exchange student from Casa Chapi travels to the USA to finish her secondary education.