QUECHUA PEOPLES – New Community Center

Ampay-Pisac, Peru

Chimu's favorite times, sharing smoothies with the locals
Young Quechua girls in Pisac
Mountain Village family
Pisac children
Elders, leaders & Chimu's first discussions
Everyone helped construct the community center
Work in process of community center
Interior work on community center
Interior view of completed community center
Exterior view of newly completed community center
Inauguration party & dancing
Inauguration festivities and dancing at community center
Building opening ceremony & party
Inti Ryami Fund welcomed in Ampay
Chimu receives ceramic logo gift
Inaguration Party at community center

Peru, the place that stole my heart, that renews my soul and spirit.  It allows me to be free and think like a free man, without constraints, where every day is a new beginning; where, I can begin again and follow the path I was intended to take.  I can fly and I can dream. This is where it began for me, this journey.  The womb of this land gave birth to the idea of the Inti Raymi Fund; it grew until it became tangible.  Every moment and every action has lead me to be here, and to do this- Chimu

New Community Center

High in the Andean Mountains of Peru, sits the small village of Ampay. This is a hard-working, self- sustaining agricultural community, of Quechua descent. This proud community is situated at rough 10,000ft altitude and experiences harsh winters and heavy rainy seasons.

After we visited with the community and its elders on multiple occasions, the collective decision was made to construct a quality all-weather Community Center which the residents could be proud of. This Community Center was constructed by the local villagers of Ampay, Peru, with all materials procured locally and funded by the Inti Raymi Fund. This new complex is now used by all local residents, for a variety of special events within the village. It was constructed of a durable cement foundation, brick walls with a stucco veneer, hardwood floors, natural exposed wood beam ceilings and a ceramic tile roof.  It provides all villagers a sense of pride as a center for future generations to enjoy and share.

Project Details

Sponsors: Chimu

Start Date: June, 2012

Completion Date: Year End, 2012

Funded so far: $46,000 USD

Total Project: $46,000 USD

Lives Affected: 800



Team Members


Kristine Kiltz - IRF Director, CHASKI, Felix