Promotor Pedro Teaches at Piscacucho’s General Assembly

As our promotores gain knowledge, they become valuable sources of health education for their communities, and they demonstrate their skills at community meetings. Last Saturday, promotor Pedro presented some basic emergency response skills at the Piscacucho General Assembly. As I lay on the floor, acting dummy, Pedro captured the assembly’s attention. I could feel all…

Flooding and Flexibility in the Sacred Valley

Following the February 9 flash floods, this past week’s proposed trainings were put on hold as Sacred Valley Health staff and volunteers set out to seek where we could be of best use. Unable to reach many of the communities we work with, we concentrated on helping those we could. On Wednesday we took basic…

Working as Community Health Workers and Artisans

After traveling through the village of Huilloc (pronounced wee-yoc) multiple times to work with our promotoras (Santusa, Vilma, and Teresa), I noticed that they were often found across the river in front of a big pink building doing what they did best—weaving. These intricately designed textiles take months to complete and many of them ultimately end up being…

Sacred Valley Health on Parade

Sacred Valley Health/Ayni Wasi staff, volunteers, community health workers, and fans recently marched in a parade to celebrate Ollanta’s 138th anniversary!  The parade features schools, the local police, artisans, communities in the Ollantaytambo district and just about every group one could imagine in the greater area. Needless to say, Ollanta’s population about tripled in size for all…