The tiny town of Chuyllullo with the Andes Mountains in the background. Gloria Mamani Nina, coordinator of Mennonite-run healthcare cooperative PROSIM, has been working with this town to promote health and hygiene for several years.
Gloria Mamani Nina (standing, left), PROSIM’s coordinator, teaches Chuyllullo women and children health and hygiene with EMM worker Chris Raber’s (standing, right) help. Past topics have included basic hygiene practices, balanced nutrition, and the prevention of parasites through properly disinfecting food and filtering or boiling water.
Girls wait to receive parasite medication and vitamins. Children living in the remote villages of the Andes mountains of Peru face a number of health challenges, including malnutrition, parasites, and anemia — all preventable diseases which PROSIM works to combat.
Gloria Mamani Nina (not pictured), PROSIM’s coordinator, brings fresh fruit for Chuyllullo children to enjoy. Children from this village rarely get a chance to eat fruit. “The children gobbled them up like they were candy,” said Kristie Sommers (not pictured), a short-term EMM worker in Peru who went with Nina to Chuyllullo.
A group of Chuyllullo boys waits to receive parasite medication and vitamins from PROSIM coordinator Gloria Mamani Nina (not pictured), a health promoter who has been working with the town for several years.
Chuyllullo boys enjoy fresh fruit provided by Gloria Mamani Nina (not pictured), PROSIM’s coordinator. “These boys kept asking for more oranges,” said Kristie Sommers (not pictured), a short-term EMM worker in Peru who went with Nina to Chuyllullo.
Chris Raber (right), an EMM worker in Peru, inflates volleyballs given to Chuyllullo children on PROSIM’s recent health-promotion trip. “They couldn't have been happier,” said Kristie Sommers (not pictured), a short-term EMM worker who accompanied PROSIM coordinator Gloria Mamani Nina on this trip to Chuyllullo.
EMM worker Chris Raber (center) and PROSIM coordinator Gloria Mamani Nina (right) hold baby rabbits. Nina worked to start rabbit farming in Chuyllullo as a source of protein. “Guinea pig is very popular to eat here in Peru, but since rabbits reproduce so much faster and give birth to more young, we're trying a more practical and relatively cheaper way to get more protein into the diets of the children,” said Raber.
A garden plot in Chuyllullo. Earlier this year, PROSIM worked with EMM to raise funds for this gardening project. Previously, Chuyllullo families had garden areas but left them unused due to a lack of gardening knowledge or funds to buy seeds. Many grew only corn and potatoes, and therefore were deficient in the vitamins found in green vegetables. Now families are learning from PROSIM coordinator Gloria Mamani Nina how to grow nutritious greens.