After a mellow week between Christmas and the New Year, we are back at it and fully in action. Already, we’ve hosted a team of volunteer pediatricians and dentists from Andean Community Partners at the Casa Girasoles in Urubamba to provide comprehensive evaluations and care for all the boys. We’ve also participated in an outreach project with a long-standing partner at an orphanage in Cusco. Dr. Gehringer and team have been busy with NRP trainings and prep. Nurse Karen and team have been crunching the numbers for our anemia project. And, our Ines Project team is back in the swing of things after a break over the Holidays.
Now, our team is meeting in the Sacred Valley to begin a three week service learning trip with St. Olaf College. For over a decade we’ve partnered with St. Olaf College to help shape their global health experience for a J-term rotation. We will be working with them in a community outreach project in the town of Willoq – and then traveling with the group to Arequipa for an immersion experience with HBI and Fr. Alexander Busuttil in the community of Alto Cayma.
And, this is just the first week of January. This is going to be a busy and very fulfilling year, as we start our Center of Excellence model at the Casa Girasoles homes, refine our anemia projects and use the data for our 12-month pilot project to help shape future public health projects, continue our train-the-trainer pre-hospital emergency response program with the Peruvian Firefighters Association, expand the impact and reach of our NRP lifesaving program, and refine our work with single mothers living with children with a disability in extreme poverty.
Oh yeah – it’s going to be a super year. So, follow along. Stay connected. And, thank you so much for all your support.