Sep 20, 2021

The challenges of vaccination in the field

In Bolivia, a little more than 25% of the vaccinable population (i.e. over 18 years of age) has already been vaccinated with the two doses, and only 10% more with one dose.

These numbers are from the biggest cities of Bolivia, but in the countryside it is a different situation!
Many people are suspicious, and an "urban legend" has appeared: the "werewolf". According to the beliefs of the most remote communities where we work, the population thinks that by administering the vaccine, they can be transformed into werewolves ...

Therefore, the technical team in the field has an extremely important role in training (together with the medical team) and communication. In the Field Schools, we use dynamics and role-plays to break these beliefs and to understand why they exist. All this helps us to understand the fears of the population!

Besides, if a person gets infected with Covid, the mentality is "better to die with the family than alone in the hospital" ! Also the villagers cure themselves or self-medicate with plants and ancestral natural remedies.

But little by little, the "mentalities" are changing and thanks to the highly dedicated technical team, we achieved a change of behavior.

Thanks for all the support

We all need help at some point, I hope you can help us in this time of pandemic.

Sep 20, 2021

Things are going well !

Things are going well and very well !

First of all, with the support of 3 nutrition interns, we have collected the health data of almost all the children in school, that is to say about 1800 !
Thanks to this information, we have been able to identify the general state of health and especially to know to what extent the children suffer from malnutrition. Preliminary results indicate that less than 1% have health problems. For this reason, we are already working hand in hand with the health centers.

We also already have the first harvests from the school gardens! Lettuce, onions, beets, carrots, potatoes ... With the support of the interns we are making recipes so that the vegetables are incorporated in the best way in the lunch of the students.

We are also working with some "pilot" families to implement the school gardens into family gardens! Larger ones to cover the needs of each member of the family.

All this work is possible thanks to the technical team in the field, conducting training workshops in the communities and schools. We are very happy because we have been able to take a huge step forward, and we are sure that thanks to the implementation of family gardens we will contribute even more to the improvement of the health of the families in the North Postosi.

 

With your support we will achieve more

Jul 22, 2021

A big step forward for rural women

Today I am very happy!

A group of women could participate in the first sewing workshop. It was an excellent opportunity for them to learn the basics of sewing. There was a large audience of teenage girls, seeing in these workshops an opportunity for autonomy.

This first workshop will be replicated to other communities in the coming weeks.

Moreover, during a fair, they were able to present their art to the whole population and thus generate a new economic income for their family and above all for their own independence.

Presentation in schools (especially in secondary levels) will be done, so that more girls can benefit from these trainings.

One of the future activities is the creation of the sewing center, run only by women!

Thank you all for your support !

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