Sacred Valley Health on Parade

Sacred Valley Health/Ayni Wasi staff, volunteers, community health workers, and fans recently marched in a parade to celebrate Ollanta’s 138th anniversary!  The parade features schools, the local police, artisans, communities in the Ollantaytambo district and just about every group one could imagine in the greater area. Needless to say, Ollanta’s population about tripled in size for all…

Sacred Valley Health is Hiring!

Sacred Valley Health is looking for a passionate and qualified Program Manager to lead our promotora program from our Peruvian office, beginning next spring. Check out the official job posting below and on idealist.org here. Want to live near here for (at least) a year? And do things like this? And this? Okay, and occasionally…

Another Month, Another Promotora Training Course!

After a few busy weeks of planning, Sacred Valley Health recently held its second training session in the high Andes. As in September, SVH invited local trainer/nurse Ascención to facilitate the course, which focused on a more intensive exposure to CPR and indicators of grave illness.  The promotoras were eager to learn and demonstrated their…

Canines on Parade

Living in Ollanta (or really, anywhere) for six months, I have acclimated to the altitude and way of life.  This means I have almost no trouble walking up a shallow hill, I am not as punctual, and my stomach can handle twice the amount of food I would normally eat in a day in the…

A Visit to Ollantaytambo

After an hour and a half of curving around mountains and dipping into valleys leading away from Cusco, I arrived in the small town of Ollantaytambo. I could sense, from the moment I arrived, it was the kind of small town where all the locals know each other, where a neighbor in need finds help…