Dear Friends and Supporters,
It has been a long time since our last update and a lot has taken place in the intervening months. I would like to take this opportunity to update you on our current work and future plans.
The most active aspect of our health program recently has been in working with disabled individuals throughout the district of Ollantaytambo. After conducting a general census of the population to identify indivudal cases and determine the needs of those individuals we have continued work with a group of ten patients. So far we have helped two receive wheelchairs, gotten a walker for a young woman who suffers from epillepsy and an orthotic shoe for a polio survivor. Some of the assistance we hope to offer in the near future includes getting a hearing aid for a hearing-impaired boy, corrective eye surgery for another and epilepsy medication for another. See the attached link for more information on some of the patients we work with.
In the area of health education we are currently in the planning and fundraising stage of a new outreach program. The idea of this project is to work with women from the indigenous community of Patacancha to train them as community health promoters. Awamaki has a long-standing relationship with this community through our fair-trade textiles project and we are excited about the possibility of expanding this relationship into the area of community health.
We are currently participating in the South America “Open Challenge” Fundraiser which is being sponsored by Global Giving’s Clarissa Driban. If we can raise the most of any project by June 30th then Clarissa will make a monthly donation of $100 for one year. All of the money that we raise for the project during this period will be designated to offering assistance to the highest priority patients in our disability outreach program.
Please help us spread the word about this fundraiser so that we can reach our goal and offer much-needed assistance to our beneficiaries. Thank you for your continued support!