Awamaki offers free mental health services to community
By Noah Silber-Coats - Project Coordinator
During the final two months of 2010 Awamaki began working with a psychologist who attended patients in the health education center of Ollantaytambo's clinic. Although the social stigma of visiting a psychologist often prohibits people in Ollantaytambo from visiting a psychologist, Dr. Liliana Peña was able to begin working with over 40 patients.
Nearly all of the patients who visited with Dr. Peña were women, and over a third were dealing with domestic violence issues. As she points out, "many women assume that the violence that they suffer at the hand of their partner is a normal part of daily life...they have to suffer this abuse silently because they are afraid and feel hopeless." Having a psychologist in the health center "lets people know that they have a place to learn more about their rights, that they have someone who will listen to them and help them face their problems." She also notes that the majority of patients who came for one consult returned for a second visit.
While we were very pleased to be able to offer this essential social service at no cost to the population of Ollantaytambo for two months, we do not currently have the resources to continue funding Dr. Peña's work in the clinic. In order to be able to count on her presence consistently for the coming year we need to raise approximately $3000. Can you help spread the word about this project to help us achieve our goal?
Thank you for your continued support and of Awamaki and our work in the community of Ollantaytambo, and we look forward to updating you on our progress throughout the coming year.
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