House of the Children

To empower global cultures by providing sustainable clean water, sanitation, health and education programs that raise the quality of life of children and adults in context to cultural and environmental needs. Our goals are healthy, educated, culturally and environmentally aware children and adults that flourish within natural environment. HOTC was founded on the belief that one person could make a difference in the lives of children, by supporting them from their place of inner strength.
Mar 21, 2011

Improved Health & Well Being in Tayakome

Its all about FLOW.
Its all about FLOW.

Dear Friends, 

It’s time once again to update you on our progress, as we work to improve the quality of life for the children and people of Tayakome, in the remote Amazon of Peru. There is more positive news to report! After 14 months of an intense construction schedule, the water and sanitation infrastructure are now in place and functioning for the people. House of the Children now enters into Phase II of our indigenous health programming.

Phase II Includes:

1.    Technical training seminars for the village water and sanitation committee in system maintenance and water quality.

2.    Establishment of a water fund by community leaders that charges a monthly fee to each family, for water use.  

3.    Health monitoring in Tayakome to document parasite and anemia levels in the population, in partnership with the health ministry medical personnel.

4.    Health and hygiene classes for the children, mothers, and family, done in partnership with the village school teacher, health promoter, and medical personnel in residence. 

This phase is the most crucial and guarantees long term health advances for the children and people and, equally important, project sustainability. Over 50% of all water projects fail in the first 5 years globally because health education and technical training in system management is not reinforced long term.

HOTC maintains bi-monthly contact with the president of Tayakome to monitor how the children and people are doing assuming their maintenance responsibilities of the structures. The president reports that the gravity flow water system (installed in 09) and the bathrooms (installed in 2010) are well maintained, hygienic, and in working order.

Health education continues with the children. The nurse from the health post conducts weekly hygiene classes for the children in partnership with the teacher. A health promoter from the village, who is a young Matsigenka mother, also conducts a weekly maintenance class that reinforces cleanliness of the bathrooms and basic hand washing with the children. This promoter also makes monthly house-to-house visits to connect with the mothers and reinforce maintenance of the tap stand and basic daily hygiene at the family level. The nurse, medical personnel, and the health promoter were trained by HOTC staff over the nine months our team was in residence in Tayakome in 2010.

Our project supervisor Caleb Matos Chavez will make a ten day  visit to the community at the end of March 2011 to check – in and conduct a three day technical training seminar with the water and sanitation committee and villagers, and a day long training with the nurse, doctor and health promoter. He will also make a complete review of the infrastructure. In June of 2011 our health supervisor will enter to conduct our yearly parasite and anemia study to monitor the health of the people, now that these basic health services are in place.

Our accomplishments continue to be many, and made possible through your ongoing support of our work through the GlobalGiving Network. We thank each and every one of you for the difference you make in bettering the lives of these beautiful Matsigenka people, who were all but forgotten by their government. Each village we complete brings us closer to a world where all children and people have their basic human needs of clean water, a dignified toilet and health education realized. As we help the indigenous children and people of Manu, we provide hope and inspiration to the 10’s of thousands of remote indigenous rainforest peoples globally. Word is spreading—that the Matsigenka are making the impossible, possible in Manu.

We are confident that one day, in the not too distant future, the basic human needs of all peoples will be met!

Thank you again for your continued generosity and friendship you extend to the people we serve. We will keep you updated on our advances as we continue to promote health and well being with the indigenous children and people of Tayakome.

Sincerely yours in service,

Nancy Santullo

 

Daily hygiene transformed in Tayakome.
Daily hygiene transformed in Tayakome.
Bathrooms at the village school.
Bathrooms at the village school.
Health education through art at the school.
Health education through art at the school.

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Dec 8, 2010

Eco-Friendy Bathrooms for the Kids NOW a Reality.

Eco-friendly Bathrooms Village Schoolhouse
Eco-friendly Bathrooms Village Schoolhouse

Greetings Friends,

We have wonderful news!  The bathrooms at the village schoolhouse in Tayakome are completed!  After six months of construction in this remote rainforest village, the eco-friendly structure was inaugurated on November 19, 2010.  All of the children and community members were present for the ceremony.  Festivities included: the breaking of champagne on the structure, talks by HOTC's executive staff and Tayakome's president, and a delicious lunch of fish and wild pig prepared by the village mothers. It was a fun filled day for all!

This is the first time in the 47 year history of the community that basic human services of clean water, sanitation and culturally appropriate health education have been implemented for the children and people.

All of these accomplishments would not have been made possible without your ongoing support of our work.  We sincerely thank each and every one of you for the difference you have made to better the lives of these beautiful Matsigenka people.  As you can see from the photos and videos posted here on our Update—we’re making great strides with the people.

However, our work does not stop here now that the infrastructure is in place.  We will follow through with three years of ongoing health monitoring and hygiene education for the children, moms and the community members and technical training for the village water and sanitation committee.  This phase of our programming is the most crucial, and guarantees long term health advances for the children and project sustainability over the long term for the people.

We look forward to your ongoing support of our work through the GlobalGiving network.  We will keep you updated on our advances as we continue to promote health and well being in union with the indigenous children and people of the Manu rainforest of Peru.

We wish you all the Happiest of Holidays,

Nancy Santullo

Executive Director

House of the Children

Inaugurating the bathroom structure.
Inaugurating the bathroom structure.
Children drinking clean H2O at the schoolhouse.
Children drinking clean H2O at the schoolhouse.
Technical training for the village H2O committee.
Technical training for the village H2O committee.
Mothers and children of Tayakome.
Mothers and children of Tayakome.
Maintenance practices of the bathrooms w/the kids.
Maintenance practices of the bathrooms w/the kids.

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Sep 7, 2010

Project Tayakome UPDATE : Eco-Friendly Bathrooms

Our work with Project Tayakome continues to advance! The construction of the eco-friendly bathrooms and septic system has been underway since June 18th, 2010. Our crew, the villagers and the children work steadfast to achieve the completion goal of October 31, 2010. Sixty percent of the structure has now been built.

This remote Matsigenka village will be the first village, inside the protected zone of the Manu National Park, to have an integral health system that advances the health of the children for generations to come. This integral system includes: clean H2O flowing to tap stands at 15 homes, the schoolhouse and the medical post, separate boys and girls bathrooms at the school, and health education that reinforces daily hygiene practices.

It has been inspiring to witness the willingness of the people and the children that participate daily in whatever work needs to be done. The ongoing dedication of our HOTC construction staff to live long periods of time away from their families is profound as well. Our crew and the people of the village are able to transcend the distance, intense heat, physically challenging work, and the constant irritation of mosquitoes to live as one global family with a common goal.

It is through your past support that all of our advances have been made possible. We are in need of funding to complete the bathrooms, and continue with our health education and capacity training of the water committee through the end of the year. We humbly ask for your continued financial support of Project Tayakome. Together through our human kindness and GLOBALGIVING we are making our world a better place for all humanity.

Thank you for your support.

In deep gratitude, Nancy Santullo

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