Peru and Above – Introducing another medical missionary blog

We have some friends, Ryan and Kirsten Morigeau who are moving to Peru to work at Diospi Suyana Hospital in Peru.  They have an interesting blog describing their experiences as they move forward in the process of serving in Peru.  They are actually going to language school here in Costa Rica at a different language school.  We have met them only briefly at a bus stop in San Jose as they were traveling for a little recreation at the beach.  We are hoping to spend a little more time with them soon here in Costa Rica, but if not we have a few years to spend with them in Curahuasi.  If you are interested, look at their blog at Peru & Above.  They have a good description of Curahuasi, Peru which I have included below.  They also have a nice description of the Hospital Diospi Suyana.  They are from Portland, OR and they have caught the vision for serving the poor in Peru.  They are coming through World Medical Missions which is part of Samaratin’s Purse.  I am thankful for the Morigeau family who will be in Peru with us.  

A description of Curahuasi from the Peru & Above blog.

The small town of Curahuasi is located high in the Andes Mountains, approximately 9,100 feet above sea level in the region of Apurimac, known as the poorhouse of Peru. Curahuasi is approximately 85 miles from Cusco, Peru.

Approximately 750,000 people, predominantly indigenous, live within a 3 hour radius of Curahuasi in abject poverty. There are 2.8 doctors per 10,000 inhabitants, who practice only in the cities. The Apurimac is a region in southern-central Peru. It is bordered on the east by the Cusco Region, on the west by the Ayacucho Region, and on the south by the Arequipa and Ayacucho regions. The region’s name originates from the Quechua language and means “where the gods speak” in reference to the many mountains of the region (gods in the andean religion) that appear to be talking each other.

Time Difference: -1 hour Eastern Daylight Savings Time, U.S.A.

Language: Eighty percent of the local people are Quechua Hablante and their language is Quechua. Approximately 70 precent of Quechua can speak and understand Spanish at an adequate level.

Religion: The area is predominantly Catholic with 10 percent being evangelicals. The area also has a lot of superstition and animism carried over from old Incan religious traditions.

Climate: Curahuasi is situated approximately 9,100 feet above sea level. The temperature stays consistent year round, with highs in the mid 70s during the day and lows in the mid 50s during the evenings. Curahuasi has a distinct rainy season which usually begins in November and continues until April. April through November is generally very dry.

 

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