In September and October, the sites in Peru were able to provide education classes and services to their communities. The importance of these classes is immeasurable, seeing as many of the undeserved children and their families would not be able to access these education classes without help from our Staff and wonderful Volunteers and Ambassadors! Special thanks to all of our Volunteers at Projects Trujillo, Huancayo, and Agallpampa! Project Trujillo - September was a month of English classes, working on our garden and the beginning of our cooking classes!
The garden at the Santa Maria School needed more preparation so we worked to make sure that the soil was ready for the seeds. The volunteers began to incorporate the garden into their English classes and bringing each class to the garden space to begin planting and learn the names of the animals. We will continue to plant with the classes and bring them to water and weed the beds.
A manual has been created for the teachers to give them ideas and examples of activities that they can do in the garden.
The cooking classes began at the beginning of the month and have been very successful. A group of between and 14 moms have joined us each week. We provided them with a folder to keep all of their recipes, as well as an index of vitamins and minerals. The volunteers have introduced several different kinds of recipes, including a stove-top baking technique for those moms that do not have an oven. We have focused on providing options that are accessible and nutritious, but not too foreign or strange for the moms. We have taste tested every recipe with the families.
The girls were able to visit the hospital two days during September, but the Health Ministry went on strike in the middle of the month and services and access is extremely limited.
Project Agallpampa - The group at Agallpampa visited the mountains for a weekend, going to Labunday and Paraiso to speak to moms and children about respiratory infections. They also helped with a health campaign in Labunday, weighing and measuring the children and helping the doctor. In Labunday, They spoke to about 10 moms and 30 children, in Paraiso there were 12 moms and 10 kids. The moms in Paraiso were very receptive and asked the group to come back soon, so more trips will be made to teach the women about other preventable infections.
Health Education classes in Paraiso
Project Huancayo - In Huancayo, the volunteers helped with an educational campaign to promote organ donation, including marching in a parade to raise awareness.
Volunteers have been shadowing the doctors during their patient examinations in order to gain experience in the field. The Volunteers were also able to assist the doctors with home visits for elderly patients who are unable to make it to the Health Center.
Volunteers were able to visit two elementary schools in the area and educated 950 students (WOW!) on dental hygiene and provided the children fluoride treatments. Volunteers were able to assist with additional lessons about friendship and proper safety about medication and the importance of antibiotics. With EcoSpies, a Peruvian NGO focusing on environmental sustainability, the volunteers educated a total of 450 teachers and students about how to safely store recycled materials and garbage. The FIMRC Staff and Volunteers handed over the recycling containers and described what each one is for, how to use it properly.
FIMRC was featured in a newspaper article this month for their work in Dental Hygiene in Agallpampa! Great work to all of our Staff, Volunteers, Ambassadors, and of course, Dr. Guardia!