A joint project for the Quechua people of Peru
In Peru, the descendants of the once-proud Incas (Quechuas) suffer from continuous social discrimination. For example, more than 80% of the Quechua in the Apurimac region live in extreme poverty. In medical terms, their social destitution manifests itself in high child mortality, malnutrition and reduced life expectancy. There are only four doctors for every 10,000 people. With the help of the Diospi Suyana Association in Darmstadt, Klaus-Dieter and Martina John, both medical practitioners, made it possible for the indigenous people to receive medical care according to European standards, in spite of innumerable financial and bureaucratic obstacles. The hospital was officially opened on 31 August 2007, and by June 2018 some 300,000 patients had already received treatment. We were privileged to secure the wife of the country's former President, Sra. Pilar Nores de García, as patron for the project.
There is also a children's club house, an international Christian school and, since August 2016, a media centre, which produces radio and TV broadcasts about healthcare, family matters and the Christian faith.
The development of Diospi Suyana (Quechua for: we trust in God), with its many incredible experiences, sounds like a modern fairy tale. Hospital director Klaus-Dieter John has recorded it in his two books "I have seen God" and "God has seen us" (published by Brunnen Verlag). Some 500 media reports have made the project known to a global public and helped to collect donations in cash and in kind worth more than $ 28 million. The leading German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung described the Diospi Suyana hospital as "A hospital built by faith".
In recognition of their work, Klaus-Dieter and Martina John received the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon in April 2018. Many people have been inspired by the family's enthusiasm and have backed the project with donations of money or goods, among them corporate entities like us. deister electronic GmbH, in cooperation with its partner company Datasec, has already assisted the hospital several times with various products, primarily in the security sector. For example, 20 km of CAT cables, a ProxSafe electronic key management system, a contactless access control system and the complete video surveillance equipment were delivered. To ensure a smooth start-up, one of our staff members travelled to Peru and helped install the security system.
Further information about the work of Diospi Suyana is available on: www.diospi-suyana.org.