Yesterday was our last day of clinics at Yancana Huasy. We worked with seven children, and at the end of the day packed up our tools for the next leg of the trip. We left most of the extra materials for the Yancana Huasy staff to use in the coming year, including foam-in-place kits, postural support components, and a sewing machine that is designated for the use of the OT department. Until now, Chris has had access to machines in the sewing workshop at Yancana Huasy but did not have a machine that was always available for making straps, cushion covers, clothing guards and so on. Now she has a wonderful Singer Featherweight sewing machine thanks to a generous donation through Sammie Wakefield – our sewing machine aficionado!
After packing we took a photo of the full team, then went to our guesthouse to clean up before our traditional Eleanore’s Project/Yancana Huasy team dinner party. At our favorite buffet of Peruvian food we enjoyed each others company as a group for the last time this year. Rick, Sammie and I will be at Yancana Huasy again on April 2 before we return home, but for everyone else this was goodbye. We were all pretty exhausted after a long but satisfying week.
I am writing this now from the jungle – where Puerto Maldonado is located. Scattered over three airlines and 4 different itineraries we all made our way here today. Landing in the midst of the jungle was an amazing sight, described by Laura as “a sea of giant broccoli”! We all started our malaria medicine a few days ago and with mosquito repellent in hand (this is also a dengue fever area) we are ready for the coming week. Our clinic will be set up here at the Don Carlos Hotel, starting Monday – but we are all looking forward to a well-earned day off tomorrow! Before starting the new week, we will post a slide show of Yancana Huasy highlights.