Welcome to our new blog

We realized that it was about time we started letting everyone know what’s going on in Mosqoy’s world: between Mosqoy and Q’ente, a budding Kallpa K’oj program, Education Generation Fellows in Peru, new campaigns, and a new Mosqoy website: there really is a lot! And what better time to start blogging than around Mosqoy’s 6th birthday, which happened last week! It can be tricky keeping up with an organization that works in two continents and three different languages (English, Spanish & Quechua), but our teams in Canada and Peru work so closely together that the distance sometimes feels non-existent. We hope that our blog can transmit the intercultural connection that Mosqoy celebrates, and give you a unique insight into our work in the Peruvian Andes and Canada.

Mapacho River

Celebrating in Peru

Condors, hospitality and a bit of mud!

Our Peru team started off the weekend with a trip to the Mapacho River Valley - as part of the monthly circuit taken by Mosqoy Director, Ashli Akins, and other volunteers to visit Q'ente's weaving communities. On this particular trip, Ashli, Elizabeth (Mosqoy Student), Education Generation Fellows Amanda and Matthew, and student sponsor Gayle, visited Parobamba, Bombon and Pitukiska; some of our most remote communities. Quite the hike! Good thing the views are spectacular.

After a short stop at Bombon to check on the progress of their new weaving centre, the group decided to move onto Pitukiska, our most remote weaving community, and the last stop on the trip. About half-way along, they were amazed to see an Andean condor flying right overhead. For many, this was their first ever sighting of the majestic Peruvian bird, which has been known to grow almost 2x the size of a bald eagle!

The Andean condor

As they neared the village in the descending darkness, the team almost got completely stuck in the dense mud due to all the heavy rains. A young girl from a nearby house came running to their rescue - and they were welcomed to her house to dry off and warm up with some hot tea and potatoes.

The next day (Mosqoy’s official 6th birthday) they were greeted by the local weaving association’s president, Melcher, with hot water, tea and breakfast. Then they were brought outside for a birthday celebration!

This is an excerpt from Matt’s Education Generation blog about the event:

"Walking into the area where the meeting was scheduled, each person said hello and showered us with white flower petals. Remember that this is a place where not many things at all grow, so I have no idea where they got the flowers, but it probably involved a very early hike for someone this morning. There was a man playing a flute and another, a drum. As Melcher started the introduction we realized that this was all in celebration of the 6th anniversary of Mosqoy, which Ashli had casually mentioned the night before. He then asked if we would all be willing to dress in their local outfits for the meeting which we were all happy to do. I was given a colourful poncho and a woolly cap while the girls' outfits included skirts, a shawl of sorts and a hat that helped keep the sun out off their eyes.

Read Matt's full account in his blog on the Education Generation website.

We feel tremendously honoured and grateful to be working with the Pitukiska community