Last week, we visited Anderson and his family. Anderson is a 10-month-old boy with clubfoot, living with his very young mother, grandparents, and uncles in the village of Chaupi Wasi, Vinchos – Huamanga.
Chaupi Wasi is a village within the Vinchos district with only one access road, a dangerous one prone to falling rocks and not much car traffic. It took our social worker 1 hour and 40 minutes to get there, even though she hired a car directly and confirmed that the information provided by Anderson's mother was accurate.
Anderson needs to come every week to continue his plaster therapy and correct the deformity in his feet. However, since there are not many vehicles passing through the area, most of the time, his mother has to walk carrying Anderson for almost two hours from their village to the Vinchos district (where vehicles might take up to an hour to pick them up). From that point, it takes another hour to reach the city, where, once again, they have to walk as they are a financially disadvantaged family.
This is a case that surprises us a lot because when she arrived, the mother couldn't go to the hospital alone, and now she can handle her paperwork, make appointments, and referrals for her son's treatment. This child came to Wasi Esperanza because a relative recommended it, as their own child had also been born with clubfoot and was treated here.
Just like this case, there are many other children who come from far away to receive care at Wasi Esperanza, and it's thanks to your donations that we can continue to do so.