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…

What are our promotoras thankful for?

If you’re reading this post from the States, you’ve likely put a full tank in your car, ready for interstate Thanksgiving travel. Maybe you’ve already decided which sweet potato pie recipe you’ll follow. (If your family is anything like mine, the recipe hasn’t changed in the last fifty years.) And though we’re not basting turkeys…

¿Su casa es mi casa?: Challenges of house visits

Knock knock! Ignacia has to rap sharply on the front door to be heard over the high pitch of the Huayno singer crooning out of her neighbor’s radio. She is allowed inside right away—everyone knows each other in a 40-person community. Ignacia begins her introduction, “I am your health worker and am visiting houses around…

Visit to Yanamayo

 One of the most remote communities we serve, Yanamayo is hidden in a high mountain valley, a two-hour drive from our headquarters in Ollantaytambo. Though the roads to Yanamayo were impassable for months during the rainy season, they are finally open and dry. This past weekend, Community Coordinators Catherine Hansen, Escolastica Castillo Obando and Mary…

Cycle 1 promotoras receive new tools and celebrate achievements

Last Friday, our Cycle 1 promotoras (community health workers) learned about appropriate use of some common medications, celebrated their achievements of the past two years, and received new botiquines (medical supply kits). As the group settled into their seats at the government health clinic in Patacancha, Community Coordinator Mary Underwood R.N. introduced the topic of proper…