GPS Mapping in Kelccanka

Yesterday we spent the day collecting data in Kelccanka, one of the most remote communities that Sacred Valley Health serves. We split up into three groups. Three of us jumped out of the van about 2 hours into the 3 hour drive, and walked with SVH promotora Ana Cecilia to visit outlying houses. The two other groups recorded data for the households in the main community. It was a beautiful day to be outdoors, and we managed to reach every house except for a few that sit much further up in the mountains.

Hiking out to houses in Kelkanka
Hiking out to houses in Kelkanka

The households that we visited with Ana Cecilia are surrounded by trickling streams and grazing llama and alpacas, and it took us nearly 3 hours to walk down to the main community. Most of the families had heard about our project already at the General Assembly earlier this month. They were interested in looking at the GPS and hearing more about our mapping plans.

Tucker, Harriet, and Ana Cecilia
Tucker, Harriet, and Ana Cecilia

While walking around with the promotoras, we learned that there are power lines coming into Kelccanka that will hopefully also soon bring cell phone service, that the soil can only support growing potatoes at that elevation, and that the municipality ran a latrine campaign not too long ago, resulting in many clean latrine structures with water pipes attached. 

We took GPS coordinates for water sources such as this river.
We took GPS coordinates for water sources such as this river.

Kelccanka is the final community in which Broad Street Maps and Sacred Valley Health are working together to collect GPS coordinates. We hope that the maps created from all the data (discussed in previous posts) will help SVH to identify emerging community health needs and increase the promotoras’ effectiveness in their communities.

We at Sacred Valley Health would like to thank the team from Broad Street Maps for all their hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm. It has been a pleasure working with them and we are excited to learn about their future projects!

-Adapted from Hannah Judge’s post for Broad Street Maps

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