Kelkata community and the U.S. Embassy Charge D'Affaires offer a Wilancha to the Pachamama
On Wednesday, October 3, in Kelkata in Curahuara de Carangas, the community and the U.S. Embassy Charge D'Affaires offered a Wilancha ceremony to the Pachamama to begin the restoration works of the Chapel, with funding from the Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation. The Wilancha is a religious Aymara practice that is performed before the construction of a house or a community center. In 2010, the Curahuara de Carangas Parish received funding to restore six colonial chapels and the project was very successful, so in 2012 they received more funding to restore five additional chapels. We estimate that the restoration work will be completed at the end of 2012, which means that the Curahuara de Carangas area will have 11 restored colonial chapels with funding from the United States.