Translation – it’s more than linguistic

In a previous post, we discussed the inception of Quechua lessons at SVH. Quechua is spoken by more than 6 million people in Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia. It is the dominant language and culture in the Cuzco region where we work. The goal of Quechua study is not only for our non-Peruvian staff to learn the local…

It’s Quechua to me

Noqac wasaymi nisuta nnanan. Imatan ruwayman? You probably recognize that the above isn’t Spanish. But it’s also not a scrambled line from a Dr. Seuss book, nor is it a backmasked Grateful Dead track. In fact, it’s one of the more common questions we hear during house visits in the Quechua-speaking communities we support: “My…

What’s the word?

“How did you spread the news about our health campaign?” asked one of the SUNY Brockport volunteers that came to Peru two weeks ago. I smiled and said, “Well, by foot.” Communication can be challenging in the communities we serve. Many promotoras and their neighbors don’t have cell phones, nor do their communities have cell phone…

Our university volunteers share their experience

Moriah Gilhooly and Robert Yates are both a semester away from receiving their Bachelors of Science in Nursing at SUNY Brockport. They both just completed a week of volunteering with us, during which they taught health topics to nearly 200 community members in the Sacred Valley. And they’re both great photographers. Yesterday, I had a conversation…

Come on down, SUNY Brockport!

This week, SVH/ Ayni Wasi welcomes a group of nursing, pre-med, and Spanish students from SUNY Brockport in upstate New York. The Brockport students and professors are conducting health education campaigns in partnership with our promotoras (community health workers) in the mountain communities of T’astayoc, Rumira Sondormayo, and Huilloc. They will also participate in a health…