Frida Delgado Chirinos was a Mosqoy volunteer, friend, and supporter - an energetic, positive, and caring person who worked tirelessly to help others. She was a cornerstone of Huaran and its surrounding villages. On December 1st, 2010, she was tragically killed by a reckless driver while walking to her home in rural Huaran.
When Mosqoy volunteers worked in the area, Frida took us in to live at her house and often accompanied us to weaving communities and meetings. She was our first connection to our weaving partners in Cancha Cancha and Huaran, and continued to act as their facilitator and Quechua-Spanish translator. She was eager to increase her involvement with the Q’ente Textile Program in 2011, both as a board member and as the host of a future Mosqoy research institute.
She was very active in the community of Huaran, continually working to improve conditions and employment opportunities for community members. Near the time of her death, she was organizing a medical campaign to visit the surrounding Indigenous communities of Huaran. In addition, she took in many orphaned and abandoned children, as well as single mothers, who lived with her.
At the time of Frida’s death, Mosqoy volunteers Sarah and Jose Luis were living with her, as well as the Cancha Cancha weaving association’s former president, Victoria. Allie, a Mosqoy field volunteer, remembers “how excited Frida was cooking with us when we were there, and showing us around her lovely garden. She was so jolly and fun to be around.”
Frida will be dearly missed by many people, including her three daughters and son, husband, extended family, community, and friends. In honour of Frida, we launched a scholarship in her name in 2011. Luzmila Quispe Hancco, a disadvantaged but promising young woman from Cancha Cancha who Frida knew since she was little and helped to raise, was the first recipient of this scholarship, realizing a dream that Frida had been envisioning for years. Luzmila graduated with a culinary arts degree in 2014. We continue to work closely with Frida's daughters, Tania, Naywa, and Urpi, at their community house, Casa Huaran, to host encuentros (weaving reunions), workshops, and field tours. Additionally, Naywa is a member of our Peru Board of Directors. We also continue to reserve one position for deserving youth from Huaran or Cancha Cancha in our annual selection process for the T'ikary Youth Program scholarships.