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Capilla de Cruce de Shumba

Capilla de Cruce de Shumba


Felipe Benjumea inaugurates Cruce de Shumba chapel in Peru


• The chapel has a multi-purpose room for conducting PE&C activities.

On November 6th, Felipe Benjumea, executive chairman of Abengoa, and Ignacio Baena, CEO of Abengoa Peru, inaugurated a new chapel in Cruce de Shumba, a hamlet with a population of 580 located 30 minutes from the Peruvian city of Jaén. Funded by Abengoa, construction of the chapel is among the initiatives undertaken by the company's PE&C (People, Education and Communities: Committed to Development) social and community development program.

In attendance at the unveiling of the chapel were Monsignor Santiago de la Rasilla, Monsignor Alfredo Vizcarra, the Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Jaén, and Father Miguel Cueva, Rector of the Saint Francis Xavier Seminary. Joining them were youngsters and adolescents from Cruce de Shumba's early and primary education schools, local authorities and representatives of the community at large.

The visitors gathered together for the event were welcomed by teens from the primary school and music proffered by the Bellavista orchestra. Felipe Benjumea cut the ribbon at the new chapel and, together with Monsignor Santiago de la Rasilla, unveiled the commemorative plaque. The six members of the Cruce de Shumba community who were killed while on patrol to safeguard the hamlet were remembered during the inauguration ceremony.

The children left orphaned following the murders of the watchmen then presented Abengoa's chairman and Monsignor Santiago with a miniature model of the chapel as a token of their appreciation. Everyone later went on to visit the chapel and the multi-purpose room. This is where the PE&C activities will be conducted, including workshops for teenage mothers, a volunteer group, and the school for parents of children in early and primary education.

Since 2012, PE&C has been engaged in activities in Cruce Shumba involving non-formal education for boys and girls in primary school, prevention and health promotion, nutrition security, community education for local authorities and community leaders, youth leadership training, workshops and the school for parents.


Educational and cultural activities