Part of the Amazon Pueblo project is to help the villagers attain a good, sustainable, level of health. The single most important issue facing the people of La Libertad is the state of their drinking and washing water, all of which is contaminated. During the month of April 2012 we had two volunteers, Daniel and Diane, who helped with the initial parts of our health program. Here is an excerpt from one of their letters:
The biggest observation which is evident to all volunteers entering the village is the large number of children with swollen bellies- a cause of parasites within their systems.
After speaking at the local meeting and speaking with families last week Dani gave a class to people interested in learning how to reduce illness by purifying water. 15 Adults attended the class as well as 13 children. We had hoped for more members particularly those in need of care however this was not the case. We hope to provide another class within on this next week.
How can you help?
We are looking for volunteers that can visit the village to provide health services, sanitation upgrades, water quality improvements, and health education. Please see our Project Handbook for more information. Our Volunteer Guide gives information on what to expect during your experience.