Dear Friends and Volunteer,
I am happy to announce that we have a completed update on our 2012 list of volunteers that will be joining us in Huancavelica. This list is currently only available in Spanish. Please let us know if there is any error regarding your name or your position/specialty.
As a reminder please remember to download our travel information package that can be found on our homepage if you have not done so yet. It is very important that you download this information and read through it carefully.
Please stay tune for updates as the mission is just right around the corner.
If you have any question or concern please feel free to contact us.
Dear Friends and Volunteers,
We are almost ready to begin our medical mission. There is just one month left to go up the Andes to Huancavelica. Please check the webpage for the latest news.
We still need a gynecologist for our team. If you are a gynecologist or know a gynecologist who wants to join our team please contact us.
During yesterday meeting with the regional government, we were able to successfully obtain their full support. The donated goods should be moving up soon. In addition, we are teaming up with additional services as a team of Neurologist from foundation "Hecho con Amor". This year we have a new private partner that has donated clothes and blankets for the cold season.
For those who are joining our team for the 2012 Huancavelica Medical Mission please send us your flight information if you have not done so. We need them in order to arrange a personal welcome you when you arrive at the airport.
Dr. Ralph Kuon
These pictures taken during the Huaytara Medical Mission in June. It depicts some of the patients being offered care, and some of the local health workers, the operating room with the equipment donated for the pre and postoperative care, and Dr Lucy Munoz with the Director of the Hospital, Dr. Cama. The Dental team is pictured at work as well.
For those of you who come for the first time, please read the attached report from our work in 2011 prepared by Mrs. Judith Gratta.
It will provide you an accurate description of what is done and thus a reference of what we will try to do this year.
It is important you get familiar with the stats and general knowledge of the area. You may google it and learn about the conditions in geography, economics, poverty, health services etc. Please do it as soon as possible. You may also review the data published in our webpage, link below my name.
I hope it suffices to say it Huancavelica has one of the richest mineral deposits in Peru, at the same time it bears the highest percentage of poverty for its populations who, in general work in hostile geographic and climatic conditions, with minimal resources, little or no assistance of the societal-economic-political-and government sources.
Please read again, and pay attention to the traveler recommendations. We wish you to have the best possible experience. These guidelines and advise is the fruit of many years of traveling for hundreds of volunteers. Do not take the advice lightly, please. You can download travel information bundle located in the HOME page.
We will notify you as soon as possible of how many volunteers and which weeks they are traveling. So far we count fifty five volunteers as of today. Temperatures are dropping in the areas of the Andes to record lows at nights, going down to 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit in the highest areas. That is below zero in centigrades.
If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to ask.
Dr. Ralph Kuon
*This PDF file can be found in Huancavelica 2011