Us Peru travelers came to a preschool in a local neighborhood in Chimbote called Santo Domingo. We worked all day June 4th and June 5th to complete this project. Our two mural artists were one of our very own, Elena Venezuela and a local Chimbote artist named Richard Jon Castañeda Estrada.
We came to the school and we were greeted by Promotora (Teacher), Evelyn. She was very warm and made sure we had food for every meal. We were humbled by that gesture because the school we were in was in a lower socioeconomic rated neighborhood. So even though they did not have a lot, they still felt it was important to share what they did have with us.
The night before we came by to paint, Evelyn and some of the other parents helped clear the room and gave us bowls so we can pour our paint in to. Elena and Richard started to plan out their mural as the rest of us began to repaint the walls in the classroom to make it look like a brand new room.
The water system they had shut off at 1pm every day, but they made sure to put aside water for us to wash our hands and to clean our supplies with.
One mural project turned in to two brand new murals and a freshly painted classroom. We were delighted to help out in any way we could in order to make it a warmer environment for the children and staff at this school.
Article by: Sarah Duffy
On June 1st, we hosted a water filtration workshop for local pre-school teachers at the Centro Cultural Centenario, 36 women were present. The workshop started with a presentation by a Santa Clara Clinic Nurse, Vanessa Ugas. The presentation was over the importance of hand washing, she even gave demonstrations on proper hand washing. She also shared important tips on cleanliness of every day living and outdoor bathrooms.
After that, other San Antonio local missionaries named Juan, Selena and Edith gave a presentation on how to assemble the water filters WGC provided for these women.
Everyone on the trip was present at this workshop and walked around to assist the women learning about the water filtration process. After the presentations ended, Dr. Alfredo Ortiz and his associate, Juan Carlos, held a Q&A session to collect any concerns the women had about the water filters. The women at the workshop were very eager to learn about the process and had great questions/insights about this project.
The workshop concluded with an activity hosted by our Peru travelers, Edith and Vivian on raising awareness of how quickly germs can spread. The women formed a circle and closed their eyes. Two women were chosen and had lotion and glitter that they rubbed on their hands, they were told to not tell anyone else they had the glitter. After the women opened their eyes, they were told to go around and shake hands with three other people. When they got back in to the circle, they were asked to show their hands to see who else had glitter on their hands. After those three interactions each of the women had, 28 out of the 36 women had glitter on their hands. That represented how quickly germs can spread to a vast amount of people if you are not cautious about washing your hands.
A lot of great lessons were learned during this workshop and the women showed their gratitude with their warm smiles and thank you’s. After the workshop ended, each women took home a bucket for their water filters to have in their classroom and were given a certificate of completion for this workshop.
Photos and article by: Sarah Duffy
On May 31st, us Peru travelers went to go tour Centro Médico Especializado (Specialized Medical Center) Santa Clara clinic that previous Incarnate Word Sisters help start up over 50 years ago. This clinic is for smaller emergencies, consultations and psychological care. It is unique in this area because they are more emphatic towards the people of Chimbote, they care for everyone here not matter which social class there are in. The clinic’s director, Sister Maria, “We treat everyone the same here, the woman that comes in with sandals gets the same service as the woman that comes with her own vehicle.”
This clinic is different from its competition because of the certain care they give their patients. For instance, most prices for consultations for other clinics vary between 80-100 soles and this clinic charges about 20-30 soles for a consultation. Here at Santa Clara, they do not turn away customers that cannot pay for care either. Sister Maria told us that on average, 250 people can pay for the expenses and 290 cannot.
This clinic is for smaller cases, health consultations and psychological care. That means that if a patient needs more care for a greater emergency, they are advised to not come here. But if they do, they will be stabilized here and someone at the clinic will call a cab to take the patient to a hospital. Santa Clara clinic does not have any ambulances at the time, but they are saving up to have some in the future.
The community at Santa Clara is strong and very warm, they even receive outside help from neighboring towns. When they need more help, specialty doctors from towns hours away come in to volunteer their time. Santa Clara Clinic also believes in helping the people that are unable to be transported to the clinic. Every so often, they mobilize some nurses and doctors in smaller mobile medical trucks to give out free consultations all around town and surrounding neighborhoods. Overall, we enjoyed our time meeting the staff at Santa Clara Clinic and their generosity has really made a positive impact on their community as a whole by treating every patient as the same.