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…

Health campaign in Soccma with U of Rochester nurses

We had heard rumours that the road to Soccma was closed due to landslides, but we decided to chance it anyway. A week ago we were deterred by similar rumors that turned out to be grossly exaggerated. Most importantly, we knew that the children of Soccma would be expecting us. We usually rely on our local…

Bertha

In 13 Quechua-speaking communities located in the mountains around the Sacred Valley of Peru, it is often unheard of for a woman to have a position of leadership. While this may be the custom within these communities, many women are yearning for experiences outside the traditional role of a homemaker. They want to be leaders…

Learning to Coordinate

My eyes scan the mountainside, straining to glimpse a person, or animal, preferably both, making their way down the trail. Before I arrived in Peru, I wasn’t sure what exactly I would be responsible for as a Community Coordinator. Today, it is abundantly clear to myself, five Clemson University students, and two of my bosses,…

The first docente training!

On Wednesday, SVH/Ayni Wasi began a new chapter with the first day of the docente training workshops. Docentes are promotoras  (community health workers) who have completed the training program and have been have been selected to teach and mentor our new class of promotoras. The five selected mentors met at the SVH/Ayni Wasi office for an introduction to the…