During the month of July, Sacred Valley Health has been building ties with additional communities for the expansion of our promotora (community health worker) program. We’ve partnered with the Chilca posta (government outpost clinic) where Rosa, the Director of Prevention and Community Health Promotion, has continued to be a valuable resource in introducing our program to area residents. Each month at the Chilca posta, a group of women from the surrounding communities gathers to learn about topics ranging from health to agriculture. Rosa suggested that this gathering, called “Programas Juntos” (Programs Together), would be an excellent venue for introducing our newly elected promotoras to women who may soon seek them out for services.
We arrived early Thursday morning and sat in the sun, chatting with the Programas Juntos participants while waiting for the presentation to begin. Two of our new promotoras, Gladys from Olmirón and Elsa from Piscacucho, were excited about meeting the women and expressed the hope that they will one day help to teach this monthly gathering.
The director of Programas Juntos started the meeting and asked Community Coordinator Stewart to make a brief introduction to Ayni Wasi. (Ayni Wasi is Sacred Valley Health’s Quechua name.) Stewart explained the goals of our program and then introduced Gladys and Elsa, who beamed in response to a round of applause. After the Programas Juntos presentation ended, Community Coordinator Elly and I walked with the president of Kamicancha’s wife back to their chakra (family farm) to ask to present our program at Kamicancha’s next general assembly. The president heartily agreed to grant us time for a presentation at the start of the next assembly, and so our expansion continues!
– Written by Lucy Paine