Welcoming Families From Around the World

The name of the child joining the hospital is Gabrielle Alvarez Gonzales.  I would start off by making sure I have the right pronunciation of her name.  Gabrielle and her family’s country of origin is Peru which is in western South America.  The capital of Peru is Lima and the official languages are Spanish, Quechua and Aymara which are still prevalent and have official usage, with Spanish, in regions where they are heavily spoken.    I am preparing myself to be culturally responsive to Gabrielle’s family by doing some research about the region they are from in Peru. Her family is specifically from Huancavelica which is a department and region in Peru with an area of 22,131.47 km² and a population of 347,639. The capital is the city Huancavelica.

 This region is close in proximity to Lima (capital of Peru) and Ica in the west, Junín in the north, and Ayacucho in the east.  The Quechua variety spoken in Huancavelica is Chanka Quechua. Some of the foods prepared in Huancavelica are Mondongo which is a soup made of white corn, whole and peeled, with beef, mutton and bacon, depending on the availability and taste of the cook;  Puchero which is elaborated almost exclusively in the first quarter of the year, around the celebrations carnestolendas; The pachamanca which is a preparation made with various meats, including lamb, kid, pork and beef.  A common cultural dance in the region is the scissors dance.  The traditional clothing in Huancavelica are bright and colorful. Peruvian mothers typically carry their babies on their backs with a a kind of fabric called manta, or in Quechua lliqlla.

Peruvians are non-confrontational people, keeping eye contact with the person they are holding a conversation with to display a sense of trust, respect and honesty and their personal space distance is very close. 

My intention is to give them something to commemorate the first day, so I would display pictures of things they are familiar with like children in colorful traditional Peruvian outfits, welcome greetings written in Spanish and Quechua. I intend to make it known to the care taking staff that the games Gabriella might be familiar with are music games, circle games and hand clapping games.  Her bed would have a colorful quilt which is representative of the fabrics and colors in her region.  I will also get some books which include Peruvian culture in it.  I also would keep in mind that this research is very general, but this will help me to be familiar with where they come from until I get to know them on a personal level.

I hope that the preparation I have made will help me connect to the new child and her family. Knowing about the culture, family and community practices has familiarized me to the environment of the new family.  It should enable me to communicate in a better way.  The new family seeing the familiar items will feel welcome in the space and the message they receive will be filled with warmth and acceptance.


Peru – National Geographic   

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Peru | History, Flag, People, Language, Population, Map.

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