Learn More About the Awamaki Health Team

13 volunteers from the University of Rochester School of Nursing joined the Awamaki Health team to help those in need of quality health care. Below was written by one of the Nurses, Julie Goonan:

As many of you already know, Awamaki Health is hosting two trips of volunteers from the University of Rochester School of Nursing. The first trip included 8 volunteers and we’re on our second trip right now with 5 volunteers.

I am so happy share some great highlights of our trip with all of you.

– Volunteers gathered donations exceeded $3500. Donations include clothes, toys, medical supplies and money to purchase tools to weigh and measure babies, birthing equipment, an otoscope, a heater and more.

– We’ve worked in three clinics triaging patients, doing vaccinations and well child checks.

– Volunteers have planned and taught public health classes that include lessons on oral hygeine, nutrition, disease prevention and exercise.

– We’ve also facilitated home visits to support the disabilities campaign.

With all of the good work we’ve already done, we are finding even more opportunities to help. For example, in the near future, Awamaki Health might partner with the local municipality to create a mobile health unit to give remote areas access to health care. This partnership could help fill a largely unmet need in the vast rural areas surrounding Ollanta.

On behalf of Awamaki Health and the Ollanta community, I cannot thank you all enough for your continued support.

p.s. Awamaki Health is competing in a fundraiser with Global Giving. If we are in 1st place for donations by June 30th, we will get $100 a month for a year! Please consider donating, or send this link to friends and family. Go to
http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/disability-aide-health-education-peru/ or type Awamaki into the search box of globalgiving.org Every little bit will help!

About Awamaki

Awamaki is a nonprofit fair trade social enterprise dedicated to connecting Andean artisan weavers with global markets. We collaborate with women artisans to support their efforts towards educational and financial independence by co-creating beautifully handcrafted knit and woven accessories using hertiage techniques.