My family is from Colpacucho Q’eros and I live in Cuzco when I am going to school. In Cuzco I live with my Uncle Guillermo and my older brother because my father lives in Q’eros.  I speak Quechua, Spanish and I am learning English.  I like to take the llamas and alpacas out to pasture in Q’eros and dance in the local festivals.  When I grow up I want to be a computer programmer “sistemas informacion y implementacion.” On the weekend in Cuzco I like to play soccer.  I like to study at Arco Iris because there is a nice computer lab and a good computer teacher.

Hernan Quispe Soncco   15 years old

 My family is from Charccapata Q’eros, my grandfather is Don Humberto Sonqo and my grandmother is Doña Bernardina Apaza. I live in Cuzco with my family when I am going to school. I speak Quechua, Spanish and I am learning English. When I am in Q´eros I like to take the llamas and alpacas out to pasture and visit with my family. I like to play with my family and friends. When I am older I want to be a professional tour guide. I want  to study at Arco Iris because there are good teachers and I like the English classes.

Karina´s father, Don Guillermo Soncco Apaza, is a Pampamesayoq by profession and her mother, Doña Marcosa Flores Paucar, takes care of the family and is a traditional Q´eros weaver.  Karina’s father is a Pampamesayoq from Q’eros who gives Qarpays, reads coca leaves and performs despacho ceremonies.

Karina Soncco Flores   12 years old

My family is from Colpacucho Q’eros and I live in Cuzco when I am going to school.  I live with my parents and younger sister.  I speak Quechua, Spanish and I am learning English.  I really like to go fishing in Q’eros and play in the fields.  When I grow up I want to be a professional tour guide.  On the weekend in Cuzco I work on a city bus collecting money from passengers to help my family.  I want to study at Arco Iris because I like my teacher Carmen and the math classes.

 

Marco Antonio’s father, Nicolas Flores Apaza, is a construction worker by profession and his mother, Lucia Apaza Challa, takes care of the family at home.  Both of Marco Antonio’s parents are Pampamesayoqs from Q’eros and practice despachos as well as coca readings.

Marco Antonio Flores Apaza    11 years old

My family is from Charccapata Q’eros and I live in Cuzco when I am going to school.  In Cuzco I live with my Uncle Guillermo and Grandpa Don Humberto because my father lives in Q’eros.  I speak Quechua, Spanish and I am learning English.  When I am in Q´eros I like to take the llamas and alpacas out to pasture and go for walks.  When I am older I want to study in a University.  On the weekend in Cuzco I like to play with my family and friends.  I want to study at Arco Iris because I like to read and Arco Iris has good literature classes.

Elena Justa Soncco Flores     11 years old

Elena´s father, Don Rolando Soncco Apaza, is a farmer in Q’eros by profession and her mother, Doña Dominga Flores Paucar,  cares for Elena´s two brothers and is a traditional Q´eros weaver living in Charccapata.  Elena’s father is a pampamesayoq from Q’eros who gives qarpays, reads coca leaves and performs Despacho Ceremonies.


Elena’s paternal grandparents are:  Don Humberto Soncco Pampamesayoq and Doña Bernadina Apaza Flores, Pampamesayoq. *Don Humberto and Doña Bernadina are internationally known, and are some of the most popular teachers from Q’eros. They were initiated as a sacred healing couple and specialize in many different kinds of healing ceremonies. They have traveled around the world sharing their heart-centered traditions that have been passed down for centuries. Elena´s maternal grandparents are:  Don Andres Flores Apaza-Pampamesayoq and Doña Maria Paucar Quispe-Pampamesayoq.

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The Wiraqocha Foundation is a non-profit educational and charitable organization dedicated to the preservation of indigenous wisdom and knowledge systems of the Q'ero people of the Andes of Peru. 

Our  Q'ero Kids Education Fund provides tuition assistance for the sons and daughters of Paqos to attend the private Arco Iris school in Cuzco, Peru. Wiraqocha Foundation is also the U.S. fIscal agent for willkayachay.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting schools in Q'eros, including the region's first high school. 

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