Great Peoples, Great Partners

Supporting the education and healthcare of children in the Peruvian Andes

Hatun Runa” means “great people” in Quechua, one of the native languages of Peru. High above the Amazon basin, in the  “Eyebrow of the Jungle,” in isolated towns and mountain villages of the Northeast Andes, Hatun Runa is working where no other nonprofits have ventured.  

Providing support for education, health care and everyday domestic life, we are building strong partnerships and empowering communities to carry out focused, sustainable projects that make a difference in their lives. 

With little electricity, clean water, sanitation, health care, or resources for education, and six months of torrential rain each year, everyday life is  desperately challenging.  

Hatun Runa focuses on helping the local people obtain desperately needed resources and training for their schools and health clinics.

Above, working on the reservoir and unpacking books at one of the elementary schools in Leymebamba.

Far Left, the medical outpost in Los Chilchos, 25 miles into the Andes from the town of Leymebamba. Near left, hiking for hours in mud and rain.


Leymebamba, Peru

Population  4000

location  Chachapoyas, Amazonas

“Mira con quien andas y te dire quien eres.”


“Show me who you      walk with and I will tell  you who you are.”

“Super” guides Sinecio Gutierrez and Javier Farje.

2013 Team Success
Another amazing expedition this summer.  This year we had one team of students and parents.  They joined Dany Fernandez-Davila in a two week archaeological exploration and service trip into two remote mountain villages.  

Our Loose Change campaign met its goal and the group used these funds to purchase teaching materials and books for the village schools.  With over twenty pack animals loaded with boxes plus their supplies, the team trekked 20 miles into the Andes and spent time working with teachers and students in each village.

It was another wonderful year and now planning for 2014 is under way.  We will again send two teams and we are organizing our projects with the local communities and villages over the next several months.

We continue to provide medical and educational support by partnering with community leaders and helping them realize their most important goals.
When Dr. Flores showed us his current supplies for the “emergency room,” he opened a small cabinet.  There was a stack of gauze, some syringes, suturing materials, a few vials of medication, and two bottles of rubbing alcohol. The day we arrived, a one year old child died of a preventable pneumonia and there was not one piece of medical equipment or the needed antibiotics to save him. 

10,000 people rely on this clinic. 

Today, Hatun Runa, in partnership with El Centro de Salud de Leymebamba, has provided equipment and supplies to not only create a full labor and delivery room, a laboratory, exam rooms, and partial emergency room, but also to help furnish the clinic and give resources to four mountain health posts deep in the Andes and to the local healthcare worker training institute.   

We have now initiated a healthcare training program with visiting physicians from the United States to help medical staff and village workers meet the ongoing needs of the people they serve.


Tradition in Today’s World: The Women Weavers of Leymebamba

Director - Markus Aedo

Cinematographer - Matt Johnson

Audio - Kayla North


World Crafts Council Film Awards


  1. Team leader Antonia Heironymus takes you through the new school room in Atuen.


Loose Change Campaign Fundraising Project 2012

  1. by Nicolas Ciorogan


2013 Campaign Success

We reached our goal! $12,000.00

Get Ready for 2014!

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