Health Chats and Potatoes in Chupani

      Lesson prep: Flora packs her community health worker essentials before house visits One early morning in the community of Chupani, promotora Flora prepares herself for the day. First, she feeds her two young children a warm breakfast of soup and potatoes. She then packs her community health worker essentials: a binder filled…

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 First Look into SVH’s Complementary Feeding Program

Mothers in the communities we serve are some of the strongest women I have met. They wake up as early as 4:00 am to start cooking for the day, attend to their animals, and take care of their children. Often times, they walk for several hours with their baby on their back in a colorful…

Frequently Asked Questions

On a house visit in the rural mountainside community of Rayan, the first thing we notice is the man’s stumble as he walks into his home. Marcelino, a gentleman in his fifties, has a pronounced limp and winces with each step. He reports that he has had pain in his upper left leg for a…

Overcoming doubts about vaccinations

A few days ago, I was speaking to a young mother at the restaurant she owns in Ollantaytambo. Her new baby is four months old and had just received her second Rotavirus vaccination. The mother told me that the baby was irritable after receiving the immunization, which was out of character for her. “Maybe it’s…