Healthy Relationships: Our Last Lesson at Casa Mosqoy

During the past three lessons at Casa Mosqoy in Cusco, the Sacred Valley Health team taught young adults (ages 18-25) about family planning and pregnancy, sexual orientation and gender identity, and signs, symptoms, and prevention of sexually transmitted infection. Last Wednesday marked the fourth and last class of this series, and we focused on what it…

Promotoras learn about medicinal herbs

Last Friday, our second group (Cycle 2) of promotoras (community health workers) learned about the medicinal uses of plants found in the Sacred Valley. Because of migration between communities and to cities, this kind of knowledge is not automatically passed down from one generation to the next. Most local people are aware that plants can…

Reproductive health education at Casa Mosqoy

Last Wednesday night, SVH Community Coordinators Lucy, Brooke and Sarah had the joy of returning to Casa Mosqoy, a residential education program for at-risk youth from rural areas. These young people (aged 18-25) live at the Casa Mosqoy dormitory and study at post-secondary educational institutions in the city of Cusco. This was the second class…

CASA MOSQOY: Report from the First Presentation

Last Wednesday evening, Volunteer Coordinator Lucy and I (Community Coordinator Brooke) had a great opportunity to provide reproductive health education to at-risk youth. Reproductive health is a sensitive topic that often goes unaddressed in this very conservative society. We traveled from Ollantaytambo to Casa Mosqoy in Cusco, which houses at-risk youth aged 18-24 from in…