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…

5 Facts About Sacred Valley Health

Sacred Valley Health has two official names In the United States, our organization is a nonprofit known as “Sacred Valley Health”. In Ollantaytambo, Peru, we go by the name “Ayni Wasi.” This is a Quechua phrase that translates to “House of Reciprocity.” Sacred Valley Health becomes more sustainable as it grows In the Sacred Valley…

A successful start to surveying the new communities

On Thursday, Sacred Valley Health began an exciting chapter in its expansion. As we move into new areas, we want to ensure that our services and the knowledge base of the promotoras (community health workers) are meeting the specific needs of the communities we serve. To that end, we are carrying out community needs assessment…

SVH gets ready to launch the promotora program in additional communities!

Due to the success of our current promotora (community health worker) training program, we are expanding to serve additional communities in the Sacred Valley. This morning, the SVH/ Ayni Wasi team hit the road bright and early to begin a survey of the communities near the Chilca posta (government outpost clinic). Our first step is…

Applying fluoride and herding alpacas in Kelccanka

The day began as many mornings do in Peru… waiting for transport. We were relieved when the fruit truck finally appeared. Then we saw the sheer number of people crammed into the back and balanced on the sides. Fifteen minutes and much negotiation later, we joined the masses seated along the side rails. After climbing…