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.


Abdon is a young man dedicated to succeeding. Before he came to Casa Chapi, he had to walk two hours to get to his study center. Now he attends secondary school in Arequipa. His mother is illiterate, and he has no father involved in his life.

Despite the challenges he has faced, Abdon is striving to become a professional football player. He enjoys math class, and his favorite food is “arroz chaufa,” or Peruvian fried rice. Thank you for making a difference in Abdon’s life that will last.


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.


Quechua Benefit first met Dante in 2014 when Dr. Jim Gallagher and Dick Miller searched for his sister Siomera. Dante had severely crossed eyes as well as parasites and anemia. Immediately he was treated for the parasites and anemia, and then his parents consented for him to attend Casa Chapi. Dante’s crossed eyes made learning difficult for him, but he persevered. In 2018 generous Quechua Benefit donors made it possible for Dante to have surgery to correct his vision. Today he is attending secondary school in Arequipa with new confidence, and his younger sister Siomera attends Casa Chapi in Chivay. He and his parents are grateful for the difference you have made in their family.

Dante loves to play football and likes math and art. He would like to become a mechanical engineer–and his dream can come true because of your generosity.


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.


For many of our kids at Casa Chapi, home life is unstable. That’s true for Frank. He is in his 4th year of secondary school in Arequipa, and like most teenage boys he loves football, athletics, and noodles for dinner. Unfortunately his mother is a widow, and he doesn’t have family members who will care for him. Casa Chapi is is making it possible for him to finish high school, unlike 90% of kids from the rural highlands of Peru.

Frank likes history, communication and science in school and would like to go to university to become a scientist or a lawyer. His future has been by changed because of your generosity to him, so he will be able to change the future for others.


Griset comes from a family that works with alpacas in the Andean highlands near Lari. Before starting secondary school in Arequipa, she probably had not been to the city. Many of the secondary students you support come from families like Griset’s, where money is scarce and they don’t travel far from their homes.

Griset is an athletic girl who likes volleyball, basketball and gymnastics. Her favorite subject is math, and she aspires to become an architect. Her future is bright because of the opportunity you’re providing for her.


Heydy is the middle daughter in her family. Her parents brought her to Casa Chapi because the children are safe and well-cared for there. Her father appreciates the values of respect and orderliness his girls are learning. He can see the improvement in his daughters’ math and language skills, too.

Heydy enjoys dancing and singing and would like to become a stylist. Her favorite classes in school are communication and religion, and she loves it when fried cuy is on the menu. Your support of Casa Chapi is making a lasting difference in this family.


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.

Lizbeth and Judith

Twins Lizbeth and Judith, the youngest children in their family to come to Casa Chapi, are in their second year of secondary school in Arequipa. Their older brothers Isaac and Christian have both attended Casa Chapi, too. The kids’ parents, who are alpaca breeders from Lari, are happy that the quality education their children are receiving is paving the path for a bright future. Their dad is very proud of his kids who are all doing well in school and have dreams beyond the alpaca farm for their future.

Judith and Lizbeth both enjoy football and dancing. Math is their favorite subject. Lizbeth would like to become a dance teacher, and Judith aspires to be a nurse. Because of generous people like you, they continue their education and give back to their family and community.


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

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

Maria Fernanda shares her own story of how she came to Casa Chapi in 2014: “When I was little I was sad because I only went to school sometimes. My dad did not want me to study because I was a girl. Then my mother took me to Arequipa. She worked as a maid so I could study, but I got sick. When my mother brought me to Casa Chapi everything changed. I like Casa Chapi a lot because I am learning many new things, like painting. I want to learn to paint better with new techniques. 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.”

Maria is in her 4th year of secondary school in Arequipa. When she finishes high school, she’d like to study architecture or civil engineering. Her life is forever changed because of Casa Chapi.


Nearly 90% of kids from the highlands will not attend high school. But because of your generosity, Merci and her housemates are succeeding in secondary school in Arequipa. You’re providing a comfortable and secure house for students while they go to quality schools. The girls can focus on their studies and prepare for a bright future.

Merci’s family works in the alpaca business. Her mother recently passed away after a long illness, and her father struggles to provide for his six children by working on a farm and fixing houses. Merci enjoys playing volleyball and likes math. She’d like to attend university to become a psychologist. With your help, her dreams can come true.

When they moved into the Yanahuara house, Merci and her friends gave the walls a fresh coat of new paint


Miguel, in his third year of secondary school, is the oldest of four children in his family who attend Casa Chapi. His brother Orlandino is also in secondary school in Arequipa, and younger siblings attend primary school in Chivay. Miguel’s parents are shepherds in Tocra, and they cannot afford to send their four children to school.

Miguel likes to play football and eat “arroz chaufa” (fried rice). His favorite subject is math, and he hopes to become a pilot once he finishes school. His parents’ desire for their children is to become professionals, own their own homes, and have the opportunity to travel. Your support of Casa Chapi is making that possible.


Orlandino’s bright smile speaks volumes about his happy and outgoing personality. He loves football, dance and chicken. He has finished his first year of secondary school in Arequipa and would love to become a pilot.

Orlandino’s family takes care of alpacas near the village of Tocra. Like most alpaca farmers, they lack the resources to provide an education for their children. Your support of Casa Chapi enables Orlandino to live happily now and achieve his dreams for the future.


Casa Chapi has changed the course of a young man’s life. Ronald’s grandmother took responsibility for him after his parents abandoned him, and because of Casa Chapi he can break the generational cycle of poverty and despair. He is an outgoing teenager with great potential. Ronald is a good math student and dreams of becoming an accountant after he finishes high school in Arequipa in just two years. He loves football and physical training.


Scian from Chivay has been a student at Casa Chapi for several years, and he’s now in his third year of secondary school. He likes crafts classes and enjoys science. After high school, he would like to study to become an engineer. Scian’s mom works selling alfalfa, and his father lives in another town.

Like many kids at Casa Chapi, no one in his family can provide the funds for his schooling. Your generous gifts make it possible for Scian to break the cycle of poverty so he can provide for his family and give back to his community.


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.

Silvia and her housemates learn to take care of their house in Yanahuara.


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. He just began his 4th year of secondary school in Arequipa. His favorite class is Education for Work, and he loves playing football. Someday he’d like to join the Peru Air Force. 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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