Awamaki Health Home Visits



One of the things Awamaki Health does is tend to the special needs of individual patients living in the Ollanta area and surrounding villages. Here are some photos from recent visits by Awamaki volunteers Carolyn, Kenneth, and Chad to two patients in Chilca – just down the road from Ollantaytambo:

Mario is a middle-aged polio survivor who has limited mobility due to lasting disfigurements caused by the disease. Awamaki has been working with Mario for 6 months, and has helped him to walk comfortably by giving him custom-made shoes from Cusco. Volunteers visit Mario twice each week, working on exercises to further increase is mobility.

Alex is an 11 year old living with Cerebral Palsy. Unable to communicate, Alex spends time with volunteers outside, enjoying their company as he is often left alone throughout the day. Current projects with Alex include designing braces to correct his dislocated hip, and possibly getting him a wheel chair to increase his mobility.

Michael Anderson teaches art at Escuela Campo Alegre, an American International School in Caracas, Venezuela, and is spending some time this summer working with Aramaki’s media team in Ollantaytambo.

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.