The Q’ero natives was found for the first time in 1955 amongst the high snowcapped mountains of the Andes. Today they still live on these remote locations in the Peruvian Andes. The earth is not very fertile altitudes and the families often lives in very simple houses made of clay, natural stones and thatched roofs. These simple houses are often no bigger than 20 m². The nature and surrounding regions vary through many different climate zones and their habitable areas can be found at altitudes vary from 1800m to over 4500m. Depending upon altitude, corn and potatoes can be planted and harvested. On higher ground herds of alpacas and lamas are herded.
For the last ten years a lot of peruvian and international enterprises and organizations tried to support the Q’ero people to improve their education, health, the possibility of running water, electricity via solar and to help them keep their cultural heritage and traditions that they inherited from the Inca Empire.
How these organizations succeed with their visions is different and now I have heard a calling to commence a journey to help the Q’ero people. One of my main goals is to help them preserve their ancient tradition and heritage of knowledge, wisdom, and healing arts. I am not interested in changing these peoples way of living from the hearth to inherit our western tradition of intellect. In many ways I see how we in the west instead should learn from these fine and humble people. They live close to the nature and is practicing a deep and spiritual philosophy that is holding great knowledge about physical and spiritual health.
Living at these high altitudes in tough weather is not contributing to an easy physical life. During my journeys to the Q’ero villages and to these people, I have forged a deep and loving relationship to the Q’ero Paqos and their families. I bring schoolbooks, pencils, sharpeners, erasers and different subjects that is helping the children in their teaching. This is my way of giving support to the children’s journey and education in these remote places. I do this together with my colleague, close friend and spiritual sister that comes from Peru; Karina Davalos Concha. She lives in Cusco today, which is the closest and the biggest city in contact with this people and their villages.
Every Christmas we now start to collect donations from our countries so that we together can buy and bring warm clothes, food, christmas gifts, and joy to the children in these villages. We want to support the families and the children in the Q’ero villages so that they don’t have to leave their homes to move down from the mountains. We want to give them a warmer Christmas and the tools that they need.
We are working completely ideally so all the donations we get goes directly to helping these people and their villages. This is a way for us to give back the reciprocity, love and healing that they share with us in the west through their ceremonies and healing. It is a way to give Ayni for us. Ayni is a word in Quechua that translates to sacred reciprocity because in everything there is an exchange of energy. To always give first from a place in our hearts and in turn be held in life by the same.