Peru Board of Directors
Ashli Akins currently splits her time between Ollantaytambo, Peru; Oxford, England; and Victoria, Canada. She is a graduate student at the University of Oxford in International Human Rights Law, and previously graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies, Latin American studies, and professional writing (journalism & publishing) from the University of Victoria. Ashli founded Mosqoy as well as the Q’ente Textile Revitalization Society in 2006, when she traveled to South America at 20 years of age. These organizations have since become her life’s work, as she continues to dedicate her passion and energy towards acting as their volunteer executive director.
Ashli is a photojournalist, writer, and communications consultant, aiming to educate about human rights and environmental injustices through the media. In 2008, she completed a photography research internship in New York City with National Geographic Adventure magazine. Her most recent contracts include the Salmon Coast Field Station Society (Broughton Archipelago, Canada); Health for Humanity Service Society (Antigua, Guatemala); Centre for Sustainability (Dunedin, New Zealand); and Landcare Research (Federal government of New Zealand).
Ashli has received many accolades for her work, including the Vicky Husband Award for Environmental Stewardship, the Canadian Federation of University Women graduate scholarship, and the Oxford University Las Casas Human Rights Institute scholarship. In her not-so-spare time, she enjoys adventure, rock-climbing, playing the violin, and dancing.
“She who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”
Naywa Herrera Delgado
Naywa is a long-time, dedicated Mosqoy supporter . She came to know Mosqoy through her mother, the late Frida Delgado, who was known as ‘Mama Frida’, an inspirational community member and Mosqoy volunteer. She is proficient in English, and fluent in French, Spanish and Quechua. Naywa currently works as a member-at-large on the Mosqoy Board of Directors, and lives in Cusco, where she works with a local travel agency. She also helps to run her family’s guesthouse and organic farm in Huaran.
Adrian Jimenez Suma
Adrian is originally from Bandolista, in the Sacred Valley. He graduated from Official Tour Guiding at the Instituto Americana del Cusco in December 2009. His dream is to study English and to work as a tour guide on the Inca Trail.
Adrian’s younger sisters do not have parents who live with them, so he goes back to Ollantay each weekend to see them and take care of them.
Adrian is a dancer in the folkloric dance “Chileno,” of Ollantaytambo as well as in the dance “Cuk’as,” in Urubamba. He plays the quena (a traditional Andean flute) in dances.
Adrian is volunteering with Mosqoy because he realizes that Mosqoy needs a lot of help to continue beyond the first group, and he wants to make sure that it keeps going for future generations. He currently works as a full time alumni mentor in Casa Mosqoy, helping supervise the house and helping guide and mentor students through their studies and responsibilities as Mosqoy students. Adrian also helps coordinate our Kallpa K’oj (reciprocity) community programs in the Cusco region.
Rolando Auccapuri Iturriaga
Rolando is originally from Pachar, in the Sacred Valley. He studied Official Tour Guiding in the Instituto Americana del Cusco. He graduated in December 2009 and currently, he works at a tour agency in Cusco. Rolando is interested in adventure tourism and cultural tourism. His goal is to bring tourists to various communities in the region and be a tour conductor for cultural tourism. He would like to discover and establish new tourism routes – Rolando does not want to do traditional tourism. He currently works as a porter on the Inca Trail for Puma’s Trek in Cusco city.
On weekends, Rolando helps take care of his mother and younger brother, their house, and their farm. In his spare time, he loves to do sports like hiking and biking.
Thanks to his commitment to the Mosqoy program, Rolando was Mosqoy’s first Mosqoy Ambassador: he went to Victoria, Canada in 2010, where he studied at UVic for four months, learned English, and participated in Mosqoy Canada operations.
Rolando is volunteering for Mosqoy to give back what Mosqoy has given him. He has seen what Mosqoy does, and can do, and because of his time in Canada, he knows how much work it takes to make Mosqoy succeed.
Reanna has recently completed her Bachelor degree in Anthropology with a minor in Hispanic Studies at the University of Victoria. She is fluent in Spanish as a result of her studies and her numerous travels and exchanges in Spain. Reanna has enjoyed attending functions such as the Model United Nations in Milan, the Explore Program in Quebec and is also involved with the Global Medical Brigades in Honduras.
She heard about Mosqoy through the University of Victoria’s co-op program and was excited to work for an organization that promoted positive changes and sustainable development in Latin America.