Community number 5: Kelkanka

Yesterday we spent the day collecting data in Kelkanka.  Kelkanka is one of the most remote communities that Sacred Valley Health works with, so we hired a driver for the 3-hour journey. We split up into three groups: three of us jumped out about 2 hours in, and walked with Ana Cecilia to get the outlying houses, while two other groups worked to get all of the families in the main community. It couldn't have been a more beautiful day to be out, and we managed to get up to every house except for two that sit much further up in the mountains. The households further up are surrounded by trickling streams and grazing llama and alpacas, and it took us nearly 3 hours to walk down to the main community. Most of the families had heard about our project already at the General Assembly earlier this month, and were interested in looking at the GPS and hearing more about our mapping plans. 

While walking around with the promotores, we learned that there are power lines coming in that will hopefully also bring cell phone service, that the soil can only support growing potatoes at that elevation, and that the municipality ran a latrine campaign not too long ago, resulting in many clean latrine structures with water pipes attached. 

With this community, we've finished collecting GPS points in all of the communities where Sacred Valley Health currently works! 

Hiking out into the outlying houses in Kelkanka

Hiking out into the outlying houses in Kelkanka

Following promotora Ana Cecilia into the community

Following promotora Ana Cecilia into the community

Taking surveys and GPS points at a home located at 4200 meters

Taking surveys and GPS points at a home located at 4200 meters

Tucker, Harriet and Ana Cecilia from Sacred Valley Health at another home

Tucker, Harriet and Ana Cecilia from Sacred Valley Health at another home

We also took GPS points for the water sources that families use, like this river.

We also took GPS points for the water sources that families use, like this river.

Sacred Valley Health and one of the nurses based in Patakancha also ran an immunization campaign in Kelkanka while we were there.

Sacred Valley Health and one of the nurses based in Patakancha also ran an immunization campaign in Kelkanka while we were there.

Our car crossing the river that goes over the road to Kelkanka.

Our car crossing the river that goes over the road to Kelkanka.

Emmy forging the river!

Emmy forging the river!