Buenos Dias Senoritas!

“Buenos dias señoritas!” greeted us as we walked into a classroom of 3rd graders. We recently traveled to the village of Piscaccucho to support Alejandrina, one of our promotoras, as she presented the mini taller (workshop) “Cubra su tos” or “Cover your cough” lesson that was taught to the promotoras during their orientation. Alejandrina presented the lesson in 4 classes, from children in kindergarten to 5th or 6th graders. We introduced ourselves as representatives of Ayni Wasi/Sacred Valley Health and Alejandrina as one of Piscaccucho’s promotoras. Alejandrina stepped into her role as promotora and proceeded to explain to the children how to cover their coughs and sneezes with their elbows to prevent contaminating their friends and families with gripe. All the kids were really excited and demonstrated how to properly cover their coughs after the lesson. We are thrilled to work with Alejandrina; she’ll make a great promotora for Piscaccucho!

Alejandrina, Amy Veinoglou and Natasha Lee meeting a class of children for their mini lesson
The ladies demonstrate how to cover one’s cough
The children practice covering their coughs!
Another lesson in Piscaccucho outside of the classroom

Written by Sacred Valley Health Volunteer Natasha Lee

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  1. Lynne Massaro, DNP, ANP-BC, FNP says:

    Post better late than never….
    Summer is over. I am back to another school semester with no stop until early December. As I reflect on the past few months it is apparent that the highlight of my summer was the three weeks spent in Peru. The trip was planned from my chair at home during the early spring months – very much anticipated. A combination of vacation for my husband and I paired with volunteer work at the non-profit mobile health clinic based out of Ollantaytambo, Peru, Sacred Valley Health. From our first day in Lima to the last day as we flew back to JFK we were treated with the utmost respect, kindness, and generosity from everyone we had the pleasure of coming in contact with. The sights, Inca ruins, and cultural relics were amazing. The mountains were incredibly beautiful, the dust was plentiful, and the facilities sorely lacking in toilet seats and toilet paper. However, I was fortunate to be able to volunteer for the Sacred Valley mobile health clinics – an experience that I would not change for anything. We (which included translators, driver, and volunteers working for the clinic) traveled to the mountainous villages. The roads were somewhat rough but Reuben was a master at navigating around the potholes and avoiding the herds of llamas that roamed through the valleys and hills. All of the patients we saw were so appreciative of the time and care provided to them but they were not the only ones who benefited from the relationship. Providing care to individuals and families is what I have done for many years but this was different. The differences in language did not get in the way – in fact I think it created relationships where communication was not dependent only on words but forced interactions on a deeper level. The mission of the clinic is simple – empower individuals to be as healthy as they can within the confines of their current lives. This does not include lots of medications or sophisticated tests but rather encourages wellness through the provision of basic medical knowledge including teachings on first aid, the importance of body positions, the use of basic treatments utilizing heat/cold, and the restorative power of clean water and rest. I came away from this experience wanting to go back.

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