Going to high school is a privilege that only 10% of Quechua students from the highlands ever get. Because of your generosity, nearly 90% of our Casa Chapi primary school graduates are able to continue their education. Quechua Benefit leases two houses (one for girls and one for boys) in Yanahuara, a suburb of Arequipa, where our kids live and attend first-quality private schools. Currently 31 students attend secondary school, thanks to your faithful support. Take a minute to get acquainted with these great kids who are achieving their dreams.
Casa Chapi has given Alex a second family. His mother passed away when he was 10 years old, and his father can’t provide for him. He likes the challenge of learning in his classes, and he also enjoys the good food and comfort of the casitas. Alex likes to discover how mechanical things work, and would like to become a mining engineer to help his family and buy a house someday. He is grateful for his good health, food, clothes and the education he is receiving at Casa Chapi.
Analy is a strong young lady who is very happy in spite of the challenges she’s endured. Her father is in jail, and one of her sisters died a few years ago. She loves dancing and painting, and her favorite school subjects are math and art.
When Analy finishes high school in Arequipa she would love to go to university to become a doctor or engineer.
Atilio, in his third year of secondary school in Arequipa, enjoys playing football and eating arroz chaufa (Peruvian fried rice). When he finishes high school, Atilio would like to to to university and study to be a lawyer.
Atilio comes from Chivay, where his father is a civil construction worker. His mother lives in a different town, and his parents have been separated for many years. Even though his father has a steady job, he cannot afford a quality education for his son. Your support of Casa Chapi is making it possible for Atilio to achieve his dream of becoming a lawyer.
Estefany’s parents care for alpacas, which doesn’t provide enough income to send their girls to school. With your support Casa Chapi is giving Estephany a better future.
Estefany is in her 4th year of secondary school in Arequpa. Like kids everywhere, she loves pizza, volleyball and swimming. Math is her favorite subject and she wants to become an engineer. Estefany has the confidence and ability that it takes to break the cycle of poverty in her family.
As the oldest of three girls in her family who attend Casa Chapi, Florina is setting a good example to her sisters. Her mother loves seeing her daughters learn at Casa Chapi and hopes that the girls can become professionals. Both parents only received a low level of education, so they are grateful for Casa Chapi and people like you who make it possible for their girls to have a better life.
Florina is in her third year of secondary school in Arequipa. She is an athletic girl who likes volleyball and football, and she enjoys communication and science classes. After high school Florina would like to study nursing.
Griset enjoys math, volleyball, basketball and gymnastics. Her family works with alpacas in the Andean highlands near Lari. In Griset’s family money is scarce and so are opportunities for education.
Griset told us about the challenges she faced during COVID lockdowns:
“We started online classes, but we were unsure how to proceed with this as we had no cellphones. My parents found a cellphone for me and my sisters to do our lessons, but we argued constantly about who would use the phone. Mr. Alejandro from Quechua Benefit then gave us new cellphones that helped us immensely with our separate studies. He also brought us food. Every day I felt frustrated because I had to help clean the house or cook or simply struggled to understand the online lessons. Now, I am able to travel to Casa Chapi and Arequipa to continue with my classes. I feel much better and appreciative for all the help I have received.”
Griset will graduate high school in December 2021, and she aspires to become a systems engineer. Her future is bright because of the opportunity you’re providing for her.
Isaac, now in his second year of secondary school, began attending Casa Chapi in 1st grade. His father passed away, and his mother is grateful that her son can continue receiving a good education. She would not be able to send her son to school in Arequipa on her income.
Isaac likes to paint and play football. In school he likes math and would like to become a pilot or a medic. Because of your support, Isaac has the skills and confidence he needs to achieve his dreams.
Israel, now in his third year of secondary school, has a variety of interests. He likes football as well as chess and online games. In school, Israel likes science, math and history. He’s ambitious and dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon, a pilot or a football player.
Although his parents are separated, they both maintain a close connection to Israel. His mother, who is responsible for Israel’s support, is grateful for Casa Chapi and the opportunity it is giving her son for a bright future.
Jairol comes from an alpaca breeding family in Lari. He is in his fourth year of secondary school in Arequipa. Jairol enjoys math, which will help him prepare for becoming an industrial engineer or businessman.
Outside of the classroom Jairol enjoys playing football, which is something he may not have had the chance to do in Lari. His life has been transformed by the education he has received at Casa Chapi. Thanks to you, Jairol has the abilities to break the cycle of poverty for his family.
Luciana, now in her second year of secondary school in Arequipa, has been at Casa Chapi since 2nd grade. Her father appreciates the caring teachers, balanced meals and values of respect and punctuality his daughter has learned. Luciana’s mother has passed away, so the school has been a tremendous help to Luciana’s dad, who is a laborer on a farm.
Luciana excels in reading, and she likes communication and religion classes. Outside of the classroom she enjoys playing volleyball. She would like to become either a teacher or police officer, and with your continued support she can achieve her dreams.
José Luis enjoys playing football and eating potato cakes. He is in his third year of secondary school in Arequipa and would like to become a businessman.
His father works for the municipality in Chivay, and he appreciates the education his son is receiving at Casa Chapi. Not only is José Luis learning academics, but he is also learning the values of respect and responsibility. Without the generous support of donors like you, José Luis would not be able to attend school in Arequipa.
Maily grew up on a small farm near Chivay with her parents and four siblings. Since the farm was so far way from town, her parents would take turns caring for the children in town and working on the farm.
Maily is in her third year of secondary school in Arequipa and loves to draw. Her favorite subject in school is math, and she would like to go to university to study chemical engineering, graphic design, or she might like to become a detective.
Your support of Maily is changing her future and will make it possible for her to help her family.
Maria Fernanda arrived at Casa Chapi in 2014. She said, “I like Casa Chapi a lot because I am learning many new things, like painting. I think I can make it because I have patience. I have learned in life that even if there are difficulties, you have to fight very hard until you reach your goal. I am very happy here.”
Recently Maria Fernanda told us about the challenges of COVID lockdowns:
“During 2020, the quarantine left us with almost no resources. For me the greatest difficulty was not being able to attend online classes at first because I don’t have a cellphone or internet connection. Then Quechua Benefit helped us with phones and internet. They also brought my family food, which sustained us from day to day. I missed Casa Chapi, and life was not the same without my friends. I am extremely grateful to return to Casa Chapi and am happy to continue with my studies. I look forward to learning many new things that will help me be a better person. Thank you!”
Maria will graduate high school in 2021. When she finishes high school, she’d like to become a business manager. Her life is forever changed because of Casa Chapi.
Silvia’s mother has been sick for many years and can’t take care of Silvia and her seven sisters. Silvia loves her teachers because they motivate her to become better and always support her. Not only is Silvia learning in the classroom, but she is also learning to cook and keep the girls’ house clean. She likes to knit and sing, and her favorite class in school is religion. With your support, Silvia will continue her education and achieve her dream of being a mine engineer.
Tecla has attended Casa Chapi since she began first grade. She is a good student who enjoys singing and volleyball. Unfortunately, her father abandoned the family and her mother is unable to care for the children. Casa Chapi’s house in Arequipa for girls going to secondary school gives Tecla a secure place to learn and grow up. She dreams of owning her own home and becoming a police officer to protect women and children.
Vidal is the oldest boy in his family to attend Casa Chapi. His family lives close to Casa Chapi in Yanque. Several years ago, Vidal’s father, who was the only support for the family, was in an accident and can no longer work. The family is too poor to afford school for their six children.
Fortunately for Vidal and his two brothers Rildo and Dilver, you have provided them with a chance to break the cycle of poverty by going to school. Vidal is an excellent student, and he loves playing football. After he graduates in December 2021, he would like to study to become a nutritionist. Vidal is setting a good example for others, especially his younger brothers.
Viviana’s parents are day laborers who work in the fields to provide for their eight children. Several years ago, Viviana moved to Casa Chapi. When she was in fourth grade she couldn’t read, but today she exceeds the world standard for reading. Thanks to you, Viviana is certain to achieve her dream of becoming a teacher.
Yumi began attending Casa Chapi when she was in 2nd grade. Her parents, who are poor field workers from Lari, brought Yumi and her younger sister to Casa Chapi because the girls’ performance in their other school was low.
By the time she graduated from sixth grade at Casa Chapi, Yumi’s reading score was above the world standard. She likes singing and dancing, and her favorite class in school is math. Your support of Yumi has changed the direction of her life.
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