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.  

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.  


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.

Learn What We Do



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.


Summer 2014 Underway June 28th

Updating health post solar installations

Preparing for a solar installation at the most remote village in the region, four days hike into the mountains

Delivering many new books to the community library in Leymebamba

Bringing a Boston dentist who will be conducting a dental needs assessment as pre-planning for next year

Installing an elementary school playground in a large rural village
The emergency room 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


Farmers of the Clouds

Director - Markus Aedo

Cinematographer - Matt Johnson

Audio - Kayla North


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

Volunteering with Hatun Runa


Listen to archaeologist Dany Fernandez-Davila’s story

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