Early Sunday morning the team was met by Anne Catherine Mora, WGC field staff in Chimbote, to walk us to Radio Santo Domingo station. We were met by Sandra and Rosalia of Pushaq Warmi and warmly greeted. Eager to start the show, Sandra gave us an overview of the format, who would speak in what order and topics to be addressed. Kyra Loehnis, nutrition graduate student, had wisely asked ahead of time and was prepared with her answers and notes in Spanish. Kyra answered questions about nutrition issues in Chimbote, specific to sugar and protein in one’s diet. She was followed by Dr. Tomas Uribe who transitioned from he topic of nutrition and its relation to healthy teeth. He spoke of the need to get regular check ups and avoid sugars in young children’s diet to create lifelong dental habits. Both Rosalia and Sandra had questions about dental health which added to the conversation. Finally, Fr. Clemente commented on his impressions of the community here in Chimbote and his activities since arriving.
As we returned to our hotel, we walked through the Plaza de Armas where marching corps were lining up and bands began to play. It was all in celebration of Chimbote’s 110the anniversary as a municipality.
Later in the day we enjoyed a delicious lunch with the Incarnate Word Missionaries and the CCVI sisters in Chimbote, Hermanas, Leonila, Hirayda, Sophie, Lourdes and Mirella. Lunch at La Fontana is always a treat because it is the place with the most greenery in all of Chimbote, that we have ever seen. Food was typical Peruvian, cuy, ceviche, fish etc. Drinks were typical also, pisco, Cuzquena beer and lemonade. We enjoyed socializing and spending the time getting to know each other.
The weather combined with the company made for a perfect Sunday outing.