Aynn Setright

A native of Wyoming, Aynn first came to Nicaragua in 1985 with an organization called Witness for Peace. As a long-term volunteer with Witness for Peace, Aynn drove an ambulance in the war zone and worked with a rural Catholic parish in the northern mountains of Nicaragua. From 1987 to 1993 she was the coordinator of a small development organization, Proyecto Cristo Rey, working with 800 war refugee families in sixteen resettlement communities in Matagalpa and the North and South Atlantic Autonomous Regions (RAAN and RAAS). Hitchhiking from Matagalpa to Managua Aynn met Gilles (who was also hitching a ride) in the back of a pick up truck.  Aynn, with the Proyecto, had funds and communities in desperate need of water.  Gilles and Agua Para la Vida had the expertise for building water projects and just needed to be linked with funding and communities.  It was a serendipitous match.  APLA and Proyecto Cristo Rey collaborated for the next several years and successfully completed a number of potable water systems in the resettlement communities.   

In 1994 Aynn moved to Managua with her husband, Guillermo Pérez Leiva, a Nicaraguan poet and political analyst. Guillermo and Aynn have two sons, Gabriel and Camilo, ages 20 and 18 and recently acquired two new members to their family, Lance, age 7 and Valerie,13. In Managua Aynn has worked with several Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) both as a consultant and an interpreter. She has a BA in International Studies from the University of Wyoming and an MA in Latin American and Caribbean History from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN), Managua. Aynn is also a candidate for a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela. Aynn currently is the Academic Director for the SIT Study Abroad program in Nicaragua.  She has worked for SIT since 1999.