I have already written an article about my experience with the rural tourism association, which is why I am going to focus solely on the importance of volunteering. Volunteering is a means of doing something about a situation that one sees as undesirable. My advice for those who are interested in volunteering is to focus on the desire to “do something” about a situation, while always keeping in mind that changes do not happen overnight. All coordinators’ work have been magnificent, but the time has come to start a new road with more ambitious goals and the same, if not more extraordinary, projects.
Relationships are the foundation of everything. Until coming to Peru, I never truly understood the importance of something seemingly so innate. I’ve had the pleasure of working in the remote Andean communities of Cuncani and Choquecancha, where the people’s relationships with one another and the land are so powerful they permeate every conversation, every manner of being. Without this understanding, development in these microcosms has no hope for sustainability.
In the 2010 Human Development Report, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) published the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The MPI acknowledges that an individual or community can experience multiple deprivations at the same time, which demonstrates the varying realities of households in a community. Poverty is further contextualized through the MPI than monetary-based measures such as the income gap and the headcount ratio fail to do. While the data collected through these measures is important, the MPI allows us to alter and include indicators that are most relevant to communities in the Andes.
When we began this program, we found that of the total number of participants (68), 9% suffered from severe anemia, 60% from moderate anemia, and 31% were healthy.
We have conducted 3 health checks annually. During the first year, our results depended on the season, as it was harder to provide a better nutrition to the children during cold months.
Cuando iniciamos este programa, encontramos que del número total de participantes (68), el 7% de ell@s sufrían de anemia severa, el 61% de anemia moderada y el 31% estuvieron sanos.
Hemos realizado 3 chequeos de salud por cada año y durante el primer año, los resultados dependían de la estación en la que se encontraban, mientras más frío hacía, más difícil era proveer una mejor nutrición a l@s niñ@s.