Sleeping over in Soccma

 “You can’t carry that up the mountain!” Leticia laughed at me in Spanish as she lifted my backpack. “Of course I can!” I answered defiantly, making a mental note not to complain on the three-hour hike up to Soccma. She and Escolastica exchanged a quick word in Quechua and looked at me, shaking their heads…

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words…and What About a Map?

“Is that my house? No, that’s it right there” says promotora (community health worker) Teresa. We are looking at a map prototype of her community. “You should make the background a little greener so it’s easier to use the trees as landmarks,” says promotora Santusa. Community Coordinator Escolástica and I are up in Huilloc training…

Tracking Our Progress: A Look into Monitoring & Evaluation at SVH

As Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator for Sacred Valley Health, it is always a pleasure to see the ways in which our program is growing, and also to recognize the ways in which we can use the data we collect to further improve. Since our first promotora (community health worker) training in October 2012, we have significantly…

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A recent Monday began in a flurry of excitement. We were on our way up to the high mountain community of Rumira in a combi, or van, full of volunteer nursing students from St. John Fisher College. As we rounded a corner, we came upon a man and his motorcycle, askew on the side of…