Sofia’s Story

  Once a month, we will be posting profiles of SVH promotores and docentes to introduce readers to our amazing community health workers. For our first post, we would like to introduce Sofia, who lives in the community of Rumira Sondormayo. Rumira Sondormayo is home to approximately 20 families and is located on the northern…

Health Chats and Potatoes in Chupani

      Lesson prep: Flora packs her community health worker essentials before house visits One early morning in the community of Chupani, promotora Flora prepares herself for the day. First, she feeds her two young children a warm breakfast of soup and potatoes. She then packs her community health worker essentials: a binder filled…

Giving Back To SVH

Sacred Valley Health, which operates under the name “Ayni Wasi” in Peru, has friends in all places, and we love hearing stories of giving back. One of our past student volunteers, Tony Vasile, recently organized a donation drive in his hometown. The drive helped bring in many first-aid kit materials, such as Neosporin, gauze, medical tape, and…

Cooking Campo

After three hours of hiking with about two kilos of food, Escolastica and I arrived at Valentina’s house in Rayan just after sunset. She had already started preparing soup in expectation of our arrival. Valentina is one of Sacred Valley Health’s promotoras de salud (community health workers), and kindly hosts us when we visit her…

The right guidance

As the director of programming, I’m often found in the office guiding the development of the promotora (community health worker) education curriculum. I love my job because I have the opportunity to provide the promotoras the tools they need to improve health outcomes, but I’m often a bit jealous of our volunteers who spend the…