Light on the Pomp, Heavy on the Circumstance

Friday, September 26, 2014 7:30 AM: While drinking my morning coffee I can’t wait to see how today will turn out. We’ve been preparing for this graduation ceremony for weeks now. For our readers just tuning in, on September 26, sixteen promotoras de salud (community health workers) graduated from the core community health worker training…

University of Rochester’s First Week of Health Campaigns

Last week was a busy one for Sacred Valley Health staff and our volunteers from University of Rochester School of Nursing. After settling into their homestays on Monday afternoon and jumping into Spanish class, the nursing students came into the office Tuesday morning ready to work. We began with a few cultural exercises to prepare…

Trucha, Torta, and Training

This week, we celebrated the one-year anniversary of training for our first group of community health workers (promotoras) who are based at the Patacancha posta (government outpost clinic).  We combined this celebration with the second module of our nutrition training curriculum. We began by reviewing material from the previous training — the roles of  carbohydrates,…

Stewart bids farewell and the promotoras learn about nutrition

On Thursday, the Sacred Valley Health staff climbed into our driver Ruben’s van (called a combi here) and made the gorgeous trek up to the community of Patacancha, where we held a day of promotora training on the topic of nutrition. We took a winding route to Patacancha, since we needed to pick up several…

Keep Calm and Carry On!

Last week, Sacred Valley Health welcomed the group Healer2Healer to Ollantaytambo. Healer2Healer is US-based non-profit that provides “international cultural exchange and service learning in rural indigenous communities for acupuncturists, reiki practitioners, and students.” H2H ran a series of clinics providing acupuncture, massage and reiki in the communities we serve, and they also shared their skills…