Icy weather and a warm reception in Kelccanka

As the sleet started falling on the tin roof of the community meeting room, Escolastica leaned over to me and whispered, “Jenny, I don’t think we’re going to get down [from the community] today. We’ll have to start out early tomorrow morning.” We were two hours into Kelccanka’s General Assembly, still waiting for the promotoras…

Overnight in Kelccanka

As the rainy season comes to an end in Ollantaytambo, mountain roads are drying out and becoming passable for the first time in months. For Sacred Valley Health, this means that we are finally able to visit some of our more isolated communities that have been inaccessible since December. Community Coordinator Lucy and I recently…

Overnight Adventure in Kelccanka and Yanamayo

Last weekend, Volunteer Coordinator Lucy and Community Coordinator Brooke travelled to Kelccanka and Yanamayo, two of the most remote communities that SVH serves. Carrying sleeping bags, water, and food for SVH’s promotoras (community health workers), they got a ride on a fruit truck that left Ollantaytambo at 6 AM on Friday. Their fellow passengers spoke…

Applying fluoride and herding alpacas in Kelccanka

The day began as many mornings do in Peru… waiting for transport. We were relieved when the fruit truck finally appeared. Then we saw the sheer number of people crammed into the back and balanced on the sides. Fifteen minutes and much negotiation later, we joined the masses seated along the side rails. After climbing…

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…