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…

SVH/ Ayni Wasi Team Participates in Ollantaytambo’s Anniversary Parade

Most people celebrate birthdays as special occasions. In Peru, birthday celebrations extend to major civic entities. October 29th marked the 139th anniversary of the incorporation of Ollantaytambo (the town where Sacred Valley Health/ Ayni Wasi is headquartered). Much like any other birthday party, Ollantaytambo’s included all of its friends, namely the other communities within the…

New Beginnings

Last Friday, SVH/Ayni Wasi staff jumped into two combis to go to the Chillca Posta for the first official training of our second group of promotoras (community health workers). Prior to heading to posta, one group went to pick up promotoras from the higher altitude communities of Rayan, Soccma, Marcuray, and Rumira. Another group went…

Promotoras attend their 11th training with Sacred Valley Health

This month’s training – our promotoras’ (community health workers’) 11th – was a repaso (review) of the previous three trainings. The themes reviewed in this capacitacion were Cuidado de Los Gestantes (Care of the Pregnant Woman), Medicinas Naturales (Natural Medicines), and Dolor de La Espalda (Back Pain). Yet again, the promotoras performed impressively; using their…

Household Surveying and Mapping in Palomare and Olmiron!

Last weekend, SVH continued to map and collect data in the communities of Palomare and Olmiron. As Community Coordinator Lucy explained in last week’s post, the household surveys enable us to identify the needs of the communities we serve and to meet those needs by training our promotoras (community health workers) in relevant skills. We…