Awamaki

Awamaki collaborates with the greater Ollantaytambo community to create economic opportunities and improve social well-being.
Nov 22, 2011

First mobile clinic visit and video!

The November multi-community mobile clinic was a great success! Thank you so much to all our donors who made this possible. Check out the video to get a better sense of the remote communities we work in and the team that carries out the mobile clinic visits!
In all, we visited 3 communities over 4 days, spending an average of 5 hours on horseback travelling between communities. We saw and treated 100 patients in all, with a variety of ailments. We saw many common ailments, but these were punctuated by cases whose medical problems were amplified by lack of access to care. One man had a severe joint infection following an injury to his finger during work which had spread up his arm. Despite the debilitating pain and fevers, he could not afford the time off from work or transport expense of seeking medical attention. We are treating him for this and will see him in follow up next time we are in the community. Simultaneously and perhaps as importantly for the overall community health was our efforts to conduct community surveys to assess needs in each area. We educated each patient on the importance of handwashing, and conducted fluoride campaigns at local schools. 

We will be returning in the second week of December for ongoing care, and adding more communities on a monthly basis. Stay tuned for more updates!

Finally, we are very excited to be working toward a formal clinic in the valley near Ollantaytambo where we hope to offer a variety of services not otherwise available in this end of the Sacred Valley. More news on that coming soon!

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Oct 28, 2011

Photos of First Meeting with Women!

Thank you so much to everyone for your overwhelming support on Matching Day! Thanks to your generosity, the project is moving forward. Here's some photos of our first information session!

The session was held at the Awamaki office in Ollantaytambo. We had a great turnout for the first session. John from our partner, FairPlay, came to speak to the prospective teachers. Women are excited and we'll continue spreading the word!

Thanks for helping us get closer to our funding goal!

Awamaki Staff
Awamaki Staff
Baby!
Baby!
Fairplay partner gives presentation
Fairplay partner gives presentation
Listening
Listening
Valentina listening
Valentina listening
A full room!
A full room!

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Sep 12, 2011

Daily Impact

Brad, Awamaki Volunteer with Alex
Brad, Awamaki Volunteer with Alex

The Awamaki disabilities program has five individuals both in Ollantaytambo and the outlying communities that we visit on a twice weekly basis. Alex is a twelve year old boy who was born with cerebral palsy who lives in the township of Phiri. Alex is generally bedridden and suffers a permanently dislocated left hip as a result of falling out of bed while being left unattended; the injury was undetected by his mother for some time and as a result the injury has now been determined to be inoperable. Secondary complications are contractions in his left arm and general wastage of his musculature due to inactivity. Alex is unable to converse but is able to convey his feelings with laughs and squeals; he particularly loves it when the Machu Picchu train goes by or more adventurous volunteers ride his family pigs! A usual visit with Alex involves checking whether or not his diaper is clean and dry and then carrying him outside into the sun and sitting with him outside doing passive exercises designed to encourage Alex to mobilize his left arm.We usually spend 30 to 45 minutes with Alex until he begins to tire or the weather is uncooperative. Our long term goal is to get Alex into a local school for children with disabilities as a means to socialize him and integrate him into the local community and as a means to provide some respite for his mother who has two other children and holds down a job selling corn in the Machu Picchu area.

Jose is a nineteen year old boy also born with cerebral palsy. He lives in Ollantaytambo and is cared for by his mother who sells Chicha at the local market. His days consist of being confined to his wheelchair in the family home listening to the radio. Jose is a lively character who absolutely loves his visits with our volunteers Jose is also non- verbal but laughs a lot when engaged. His primary complication currently is the contractions in both his feet and hamstrings. Physiotherapy,done by current volunteers over the last three months has resulted in a dramatic improvement in the mobility and flexion of Jose´s ankles feet and hamstrings, to the point where Jose has made numerous attempts to rise from a kneeling position to a standing position with only moderate support given by volunteers. He quite obviously has the strength to stand and our goal right now is to secure suitable braces for his legs to further improve the bio mechanics of his feet and ankles. A typical visit with Jose includes wheeling him outside via a ramp that we built for him into his courtyard and helping him onto a mattress.Here we take Jose through a series of stretches designed to improve the alignment from his knees to his toes. Also we work on the flexibility in his hamstrings and ankles in an effort to counter the effect of his contractions.

The Awamaki disabilities program has certainly proved to be one of the most popular aspects of our volunteers stays here in Ollantaytambo and the growing interest has made it possible to reach more and more individuals in need of help both locally and in the more remote communities.

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