October 1, 2013 § Leave a comment
SKIP and TWOWEEKS have established a partnership and are working together to provide healthcare to children and families that so desperately need it in El Povenir, Peru. Our volunteers are there right now and are sending updates of their progress and the wonderful work they’re doing so we will be sharing that on the blog across the course of their trip.
For those of you who don’t know about our relationship with SKIP – you can read about our partnership with them here. In brief, SKIP is a non-profit organisation that works in one of the poorest areas in Trujillo called El Povenir. Education services in Peru are not free and as a result the poorest families and communities cannot afford to send their children to school. SKIP act to bring about positive changes in the lives of disadvantaged children and their families through providing education and helping families to find ways to improve their economic situation, which in turn can enable them to afford the cost of their children’s education.
*Photos included are from previous trips to SKIP. We will update recent 2013 images soon.
UPDATE FROM DHRU
Our first day has gone well we think. We are all settled into the hotel now. It’s nice, clean, has Wi-Fi and friendly staff along with good distance to SKIP house and town. A few rooms were a little noisy on the main street side but that’s now sorted and is an issue all Peruvians and locals seem to deal with. The food so far has been great and we cannot complain on the portion sizes. There’s some Trujillo Spring Festival Stuff on too, which keeps the whole town lively most evenings.
We met Silvia the volunteer co-ordinator at SKIP today and then met Liz Wilson, Director at SKIP, who told us more about the day-to-day workings of SKIP and our current role and the needs they have at present and the they anticipate us helping.
First clinic session today was Fareed and Joan as ‘The A Team’ and they did health checks and saw two families: a mother and two children and another family. And me, as Team B, saw another two families with lots of kids – most of them healthy.
Team Steph took one look at the medicines and store cupboard and decided to give it a once over and stock it more like a sensible hospital pharmacy. So tomorrow we will have a very well functioning treatment centre type of thing going on.
So far. So good.
UPDATE FROM JOAN
I thought I would send a brief addendum and update to Dhru’s postings (I’m operating somewhere between UK and Peruvian time so tend to be awake from about 4am in the morning).
This morning may be our first opportunity to see some of the older children as it will be the first day of the week so far that will coincide with us being at the SKIP office and the secondary school kids being in class. Stephanie and I (thanks to Silvia interpreting) made contact with the local pharmacist as we felt it was important to do so and it was very useful to find out information about stocks held in the pharmacy and costs of medication.
We are really enjoying the experience and the hotel has worked out really well, comfortable, free Wi-Fi in the rooms is SO useful, and the coffee in the morning is such a treat. We have been invited to the ‘family’ meal at SKIP house this evening and booked a tour to Chan Chan on Saturday.