Thursday, April 29, 2010
It has been three months since the floods devastated the Sacred Valley ...... and the community of Paucarbamba. Almost 40 families lost their homes, livestock, crops, and their personal belongings. One thing they have not lost is their will to improve themselves. For the past three months, Casa Hogar del Sol, MySmallHelp, and Desana(the group now known as Sueños) have been working with this community..... first with food lines, then temporary comedors, then dental treatments, and now the next phase..... helping the families that want to participate in a long term growth plan for each family in the community.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
The maize that is completely black or waterlogged is useless, that which has speckled leaves and is ok inside can be used as animal feed and those with clear white leaves can be sold on the local market for tamale making (a traditional maize dough wrapped in maize leaves) and the corn dried, and sold on the local market.
We invited a team of volunteers from Loki Hostel in Cusco to come and help Marie Elena with her Harvest. Marie Elena is a single mother with 2 children. We had already helped her fix the door to her temporary house, and wanted to offer her more support. With a fantastic Group of volunteers, kindly organised by Pauline from Loki, we all enjoyed helping Marie Elena out, getting to grips with farming Peruvian style and of course, trying the obligatory chi-cha (locally made beer from maize)
Thank you so much to all of our volunteers and we hope to continue to offer assistance with the harvest whenever we are in the community.
As massive thank you goes to George and Kathy (from our partner charity Desana Giving in the US) for organising a dental mission to the community of Paucarbamba.
The team from the
The dentists and their teams did an amazing job, treating people in the comedor and in a disused classroom in the school. There were huge problems with the community’s teeth as no-one in the community could confess to brushing their teeth regularly, mainly due to the cost of toothbrushes and toothpaste. The dentists gave classes on brushing techniques and left everyone with a toothbrush and some toothpaste.
As a result of this mission, we have decided to include monthly workshops within the community covering Basic personal health and sanitation to try to ensure that when the dentists return, they are not pulling out so many teeth! ( We were depressed to see 18 month old babies with decaying teeth….).
Pictured here are the Dentists, Dental Assistants and Dental Students. Left to right: Tula Oros Camargo (Dentist - Cusco Peru), Kathy Meyer (Dental Asst. - Sioux Falls, SD), Dr. Mike Houk (Dentist - Team Leader - Sioux Falls SD), Dr. Mel Thaler (Pediatric Dentist - Sioux Falls SD, Sherrie Lura (Dental Asst. - Sioux Falls, SD), Angela Cook (Dental Student - University of Nebraska Dental School), Dr. Craig Crooksley (Pediatric Dentist - Sioux Falls, SD), Melissa Guerreo (Dental Student - University of Nebraska Dental School), Addison Killeen (Dental Student - University of Nebraska Dental School), Loo Thaler (Dental Asst - Sioux Falls, SD), and Vladimir Oblitds Cuba (Dentist - Cusco Peru).