Quechua Benefit

Breaking the cycle of poverty in the Peruvian highlands through education, preventative medicine, and economic empowerment.

Hillsboro, OR   |  www.quechuabenefit.org

Mission

Quechua Benefit’s mission is to empower the Quechua people in the highlands of Peru through educational programs, medical care, efficient farming practices, and social justice programs.

Ruling year info

2000

Founder

Mike Safley

Co-Executive Director

Dale Cantwell

Main address

11785 SW River Rd

Hillsboro, OR 97123 USA

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EIN

31-1682324

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Single Organization Support (P11)

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Our programs

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Preventative Medicine

Quechua Benefit provides preventative medicine to the Quechua people in the highlands of Peru. The program's focus is to eliminate intestinal parasites and anemia affecting more than 50% of pregnant women and children under 5 and 30% of school aged-children.

Other preventative medicine services Quechua Benefit provides are dental and eye care.

Population(s) Served

Quechua Benefit's Economic Empowerment program uses the Quechua's major natural resource, alpaca, to boost their economic situation.

Alliyma is Quechua Benefit's program for hand spun yarn and fiber training. This program focuses on giving women training and opportunities that can maximize their annual income up to 3 times.

Alpaca vaccinations is the second program of Economic Empowerment. Vaccinating alpaca and guard dogs for parasitic worms will increase the amount of sales and decrease the amount of baby alpaca deaths in a year.

Population(s) Served

Quechua Benefit worked with the Ministry of Education to build the Casa Chapi school for Quechua children in the highlands who cannot afford or do not have access to school. Casa Chapi can board 100 students for primary school and 25 students for high school.

Quechua Benefit also provides a reading program to local schools to focus on teaching Quechua students how to read Spanish. Many Quechua children only speak Quechua when first attending school. Focusing on literacy in Spanish is the most important indicator for success in 1st and 2nd graders.

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Goals & Strategy

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Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Economic Empowerment: To increase the average family income by 25% annually in the communities served by Quechua Benefit.

Education: To teach children to read, establish libraries and train teachers in 50 highland communities by 2020.

Preventative Medicine: To treat 50 communities for parasites 2 times a year and cure 70% of all pregnant mothers and children diagnosed with anemia through the 12th grade.

Economic Empowerment: Quechua Benefit aims to increase family income by 25% annually through fiber marketing and hand-spun yarn training to women as well as veterinary care for alpaca breeders.

Education: Quechua Benefit will teach children to read through its Adopt a School program. By 2020, QB will have adopted 50 schools by training and equipping teachers with our reading curriculum to teach hundreds of highland children to read Spanish.

Preventative Medicine: Quechua Benefit conducts medical campaigns throughout 50 communities in the highlands of Peru twice a year testing and distributing treatment for parasites and anemia.

Quechua Benefit's greatest strengths is the ability to deliver essential services over a vast geographic area directly to remote communities. We have empowered new leadership, added executive strength, hired staff and instituted policies and procedures that will allow Quechua Benefit to steer itself independently into the future.

Economic Empowerment:
Two groups of women have completed fibber classifying workshops
30 women active in Alliyma project and more on the waitlist to join

Education:
100 students at Casa Chapi
Casa Chapi students have brought their reading levels above grade level in 6 months. For example, 2nd graders have gone from an average of reading 38 words per minute (68% below grade level) to reading an average of 75 words per minute (125% above grade level).

Preventative Medicine
100% cure rate of treated patients with intestinal parasites.
70% cure rate of treated patients with anemia.

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Quechua Benefit

Board of directors
as of 06/20/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chad Colton