The Aha Moment

Throughout the year, Sacred Valley Health hosts various volunteer high school and university groups comprised of students interested in global health. We are currently gearing up for a summer full of university volunteers! Groups are incredible assets to SVH, because they generously donate their time, skills and resources as they work alongside us in fulfilling…

Promoting health literacy

“My father died a few months ago of a headache,” reports a middle-aged woman, looking past me. She was responding to a question on our survey, which is designed to provide us with baseline information about our new communities. “He just complained of head pain and then died?” I asked Escolastica, who was translating the…

All things new and exciting

A lot of new energy is flowing through Sacred Valley Health this month. We’re grateful to have new staff, volunteers, and project support. Meet the additions to our team! Anna Herdeck, Director of Operations Anna joins us from Chicago, where she worked as an AmeriCorps health educator at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing…

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…

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…