A Community Lesson

Setting off up the mountain at 7 am, we were excited to attend the monthly general assembly in Patacancha late last week, the first to be held since this community appointed a new president and government. At a previous meeting with the vice president, we had secured a spot for representing Sacred Valley Health/Ayni Wasi…

Curriculum Development in the Valley

This week’s office-based work centered on the development of the promotora training curriculum and materials for February, focusing on hygiene in the home and community. Combining brainpower, the office became a storm of ideas, notes, and discussion — finally culminating in the creation of a PowerPoint for February’s educational sessions! We translated the PowerPoint into…

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…

Preparation and Promotora Training

As we new volunteers settle into our roles at SVH, our second week has provided a great insight into the varied work schedule that lies ahead over our six months of volunteering as Community Coordinators! We spent most of the week preparing for our first promotora training, which took place yesterday. At the beginning of…