Thank you for your support of the Mobile Clinic thus far. The project is steadily growing. As of March, we are regularly visiting five rural Andean communities with no other access to health care. We recently hosted a group of visiting doctors and medical students who provided free consultations and medicines to over 400 people in these communities. In May we will host another group focused on women's health.
The mobile clinic project has been so successful, in fact, that it has spurred the creation of another non-profit, Sacred Valley Health. You can find their website here. Awamaki collaborates closely with Sacred Valley Health, and until they join the GlobalGiving community, we are happy to continue this page to support the project.
Below I have attached some pictures from recent visits. Enjoy, and thank you for your support!
Executive Director, Awamaki
Hello friends! Thank you for your support of our disabilities program in rural Peru. I am writing to update you about Awamaki's health and disabilities support program. We are currently in the midst of an exciting transition. Awamaki's health program has grown significantly, and we are focusing increasingly on the provision of health services to all the rural poor, not just the disabled. Local sustainability is a major priority as we move forwards, and we are thus shifting our disability program focus from patient care to patient empowerment.
This takes a unique form for each of our patients. After working with over ten patients in the region over time, we currently work with three patients. Jose, our oldest patient, is now twenty years old. Jose has cerebral palsy and is therefore confined to his wheelchair in his family’s one-room home. We are trying to connect him with a local support group. Alex, who was also diagnosed with cerebral palsy, has not been as lucky as Jose. Without a wheelchair, Alex is only able to leave his home and watch his beloved trains roll by to Machu Picchu on days when Awamaki volunteers visit. With sufficient funding, we can find a wheelchair and training for Alex and his family. Our third patient is an eleven-year-old girl named Roxanna. Roxanna was diagnosed with epilepsy and mental retardation as a child. Her fear of cars combined with her family’s remote residence has made getting Roxanna to school more difficult than we anticipated.
School remains a priority for Jose, Alex and Roxanna. Enrollment in a special-needs school in the next town is only the first step; funding (including your support and a three-way partnership with the municipality and another local non-profit) will provide transportation and tuition, and also enable us to see that they and their families can access the specific long-term care they require through the school. Our focus is on helping families create a long-term plan for their children in which they attend school and access care through not only their school but the health services that our growing program now provides to the general public. We will always be there for our special-needs program participants and their families, but we and their families believe this is a more sustainable, healthier and better long-term option for the children. Executing this plan is a tall order, but our dedicated volunteers and staff are ready to work tirelessly until that dream is realized!
Thank you for your continued support, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this exciting transition!
To celebrate our sewing cooperative's ONE YEAR anniversary, we're hosting a fundraising shindig! Over the past 12 months, we've worked hard to create a supportive, dynamic studio environment where novice seamstresses, visiting designers, and sewing professionals can exchange knowledge, artistic viewpoints, and laughs. The studio has become a productive space for the communion of innovative design ideas, leading to mutual professional growth amongst Lab's participants. The cumulative effect of this has been the realization of one of our most important goals: the encouragement of women to develop the professional skills and self-esteem that will ultimately lead to social transformation. We want to keep at it! And we need your help. This year, we focus on continuing our skills-building (capacitaciones) pattern making program, to impart the technical construction skills required to engage our seamstresses in more active and purposeful design work. In doing so, we get to make you beautiful products that represent and valorize the work of indigenous and rural female artisans in Ollantaytambo.
On March 14th, GlobalGiving will match ALL donations by 30% - please consider parting with a few bucks, euros, soles, and we'll reciprocate by making you the most covetable, one-of-a-kind garments and accessories possible!