Behind the Scenes: Part I

Maria Pareja Delgado, Dormitory Supervisor

Since you’ve had a chance to meet the young women who have been studying so diligently at the dorm, I thought it might be an opportune moment for us to start introducing the varied individuals that comprise the backbone of the project. So, today I present to you Part I of a hopefully much lengthier series. Meet Maria Pareja Delgado, the house ‘mom’ and manager of the day-to-day happenings at the dorm. Maria has been working with us since March of 2011 and plays the roles of disciplinarian, mother, friend, educator and occasional nurse and chef to the young women of the dormitory. She lives with the girls from Sunday afternoon until Friday morning and spends her weekends back in Cusco helping her younger brother with his schoolwork as well as helping out her mother with the odds and ends of the upkeep of their home. Prior to working with SVP, she was studying Art Education whilst performing traditional Peruvian dance at several venues in the grand metropolis of Cusco. A talented and expressive artist herself, the energy and creativity that Maria has brought to our program are wholly appreciated by the students and founders of SVP. I will leave you all with a brief bio that she too wrote about herself (though I am guilty of having translated it)!



My name is Maria Pareja Delgado and I am 23 years old. After finishing high school in 2004, I studied Education at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes in Cusco for five years. I have not yet graduated, and am currently taking a completion course so that I may obtain my degree. In my free time I like to watch movies, draw, paint and above all dance. My favorite food is roasted chicken and chicharrón.