Bertha

In 13 Quechua-speaking communities located in the mountains around the Sacred Valley of Peru, it is often unheard of for a woman to have a position of leadership. While this may be the custom within these communities, many women are yearning for experiences outside the traditional role of a homemaker. They want to be leaders…

Sofia’s Story

  Once a month, we will be posting profiles of SVH promotores and docentes to introduce readers to our amazing community health workers. For our first post, we would like to introduce Sofia, who lives in the community of Rumira Sondormayo. Rumira Sondormayo is home to approximately 20 families and is located on the northern…

Learning to Coordinate

My eyes scan the mountainside, straining to glimpse a person, or animal, preferably both, making their way down the trail. Before I arrived in Peru, I wasn’t sure what exactly I would be responsible for as a Community Coordinator. Today, it is abundantly clear to myself, five Clemson University students, and two of my bosses,…

Health Chats and Potatoes in Chupani

      Lesson prep: Flora packs her community health worker essentials before house visits One early morning in the community of Chupani, promotora Flora prepares herself for the day. First, she feeds her two young children a warm breakfast of soup and potatoes. She then packs her community health worker essentials: a binder filled…

How Did I Get Here: Tracing SVH Staff’s Life Journeys

One of the best things about working at Sacred Valley Health is its diverse staff. We’re always eager to learn how each person came to work for our little nonprofit organization in Peru. Recently, we sat down and talked with the Director of Operations, Anna Herdeck, and talked about her story. Name: Anna Herdeck Position: Director of Operations at…