The Back Road to Yanamayo

As part of the flood relief effort, Viviana, one of our promotoras and the president of the village of Yanamayo, has been actively collecting basic food supplies for her community over the last week, using our Ollantaytambo office as a base of operations. We offered to help deliver the large bags of rice, sugar, and oats…

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

The last few days have been chaotic in Ollantaytambo. Late last Saturday night, I returned to my house tired after a long day. It was pitch black in town and lightly raining (not surprising, given that we are in the middle of the rainy season). I live fairly close to the main plaza on the…

A Journey to “Middle Earth”… in Peru

This past weekend the Sacred Valley Health crew made their way through Peru’s version of every province of Middle Earth (of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy). We woke up at an obscene hour of the day to drive nearly an hour to the trail head in a rural town called Taucca. Naturally, we…

Final Data Collection for our Pilot “Poster Project”

On Wednesday SVH piled into a car bright and early to complete Phase I of our pilot study in Yanamayo. We split into two groups to divide and conquer the task of visiting every house to collect their afiches, posters that the families used to self -report incidences of diarrhea and cough for the past…

Our First Promotora Training in Patacancha (in 2013)

Last Friday, we arrived in the high-altitude town of Patacancha around 8:00 am and unloaded a gas stove, promotora incentives (basic food supplies), a CPR dummy, and our training materials. While the combi drove onwards and upwards to collect the other promotoras (some of whom had hiked 3 hours to meet the van at the…