Life in the Altiplano
We are happy to report that Ichupampa is rising from the rubble left by an earthquake in August 2016. Thanks to you, the Sister 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.
Construction started last week with the demolition and removal of the existing building. This week the foundations are being dug. Over the next 16 weeks, you will see the construction rise up. We are targeting a mid-March completion.
The Inca rulers, with their gift for organizing and governing vast territories, elevated the wild vicuña to exclusive status in their empire. The Sun Kings forbade the killing of vicuña. Instead, ceremonial hunts, or chaccus, were held annually. Thirty thousand people would form a half circle, beating drums and chanting, as the vicuña ran before them.
"A month after the tragedy, almost 90% of victims are still living precariously in tents, exposed to the cold and prone to illness, and the Central Government has not planned effective action for rehabilitation, and, above all, has not guaranteed the necessary resources," stressed Arequipa Congressman Apaza Ordonez.
So far, we have raised $35,620 toward the $70,000 needed to build a new kitchen for the people of Ichupampa. Mayor Paricela, the Elderly Association, and the group managing the previous kitchen all identified this project as their number one priority.
The August 15th earthquake in Peru reduced Ichupampa to rubble. Quechua Benefit recently met with the parish priest and the town's new mayor, whose heart aches for the people she was recently elected to lead. She identified Ichupampa's greatest need - to rebuild the community kitchen that had been serving its community for many years.