The past week has been action-packed at the SVH office. After 3 months of having only 6 people quietly working away, the team has expanded. We are excited to welcome 3 new volunteers: Harriet Napier and Stewart Decker from the USA and Gil Bell from the UK. Stewart and Harriet dove enthusiastically into their roles as community coordinators. They will liaise directly with the promotores enrolled our the training program, assisting with training, administering pre- and post-tests, and raising health awareness in the communities. We have enjoyed introducing them to the promotores’ communities and transport routes – trials and tribulations included!
The coordinators will attend the communities’ general assemblies to support and encourage the promotores, who will present what they have learned in their most recent trainings with SVH. (Check out this recent post about Pedro’s presentation in Piscacucho.) In Patacancha, Stewart informed community members that he and Gil will be staying in the Posta (the government clinic) next week and collaborating with nurses from the Ministry of Health to strengthen our training program. He and Gil are looking forward to getting to know Patacancha community members during their stay there!
Gil has volunteered to spend much of her time here living in the remotest communities that we serve, Yanamayo and Kelkanka. She is a paramedic and will be an invaluable resource as she works with our promotores there to strengthen their skills and knowledge … we can’t wait to hear her stories!