Visit to Yanamayo

 One of the most remote communities we serve, Yanamayo is hidden in a high mountain valley, a two-hour drive from our headquarters in Ollantaytambo. Though the roads to Yanamayo were impassable for months during the rainy season, they are finally open and dry. This past weekend, Community Coordinators Catherine Hansen, Escolastica Castillo Obando and Mary…

Cycle 1 promotoras receive new tools and celebrate achievements

Last Friday, our Cycle 1 promotoras (community health workers) learned about appropriate use of some common medications, celebrated their achievements of the past two years, and received new botiquines (medical supply kits). As the group settled into their seats at the government health clinic in Patacancha, Community Coordinator Mary Underwood R.N. introduced the topic of proper…

Reproductive health education for men: A conversation with Joe Steffens

I (Courtney) recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Joe Steffens, a University of Washington medical student who is spending the summer in Ollantaytambo with SVH/ Ayni Wasi. His independent project is a reproductive health program geared towards men in the Sacred Valley. Courtney: Tell me a little about your trajectory, how you found…

Pastures and home visits in Rumira Sondormayo

  When we arrived in the community of Rumira Sondormayo, Community Coordinator and Registered Nurse Mary led me on a path up to the home of promotora (community health worker) Fanny.  We found her weaving chin straps for monteras, traditional hats worn by women in the Ollantaytambo district out in her yard. After chatting about…

Cycle 2 training session: Projections of success

Friday began early, with SVH/Ayni Wasi staff members piling into two vans to pick up the Cycle 2 promotoras (our second cohort of community health workers) for a training session, or capacitación. These amazing women come from six different comunidades. Since narrow, rock-laden roads do not accommodate our vans, we picked up the promotoras at more…