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Sembrando Esperanza Peru

Sembrando Esperanza Peru är en ideell organisation som driver ett hem för tuberkulossjuka och utsatta individer i Lima, Peru. I denna blogg skriver våra medarbetare och volontärer om deras erfarenheter från projekthemmet i Lima, Peru. För mer

An early morning at the hospital

Emmas resa September 2013 Posted on Fri, September 27, 2013 07:08:42

Yesterday I followed Leo, Miguel and three guys from the house to the hospital early in the morning. It is one of the most time-consuming tasks that Leo and Miguel have in their work, because it takes several hours just to get through all different queues and to get all the documents that are needed.

Despite the fact that Leo was at the hospital already at 6 am just to get a good spot in the queue, it still took us eight hours of waiting at the hospital. The hospital was packed with people through the whole time and for our guys, the waiting until they could meet their doctors was sometimes unbearable. At this hospital, all administration is handled by paper documents, which of course slows down the process. I don’t know how many different places we went to just to get all the documents that was required.

One of the guys that had an appointment at the hospital yesterday was Manuel. He broke his foot badly five months ago after a severe accident. He definitely needs orthopedic surgery, but it has been a long waiting for this to happen.

Below you can see the x-ray of his foot, and the fracture is very complicated (I have to excuse for my picture of it, I’m not a very good photographer). The doctor said that we could speed up the process for surgery by buying the orthopedic material on our own. For me it seems extremely remarkable, expensive and as well difficult to do that, but according to Leo it is a quite common way of doing it here.

Another of our guys from the house was at the hospital to get his medicines and blood samples evaluated. He has both HIV and tuberculosis, which is a common combination around the world. HIV is not very common in Peru, compared to countries such as South Africa, but for the moment there are three guys in our house that have it. For many people, it is a very stigmatizing disease and therefore I’ve chosen to not mention their names in this blog.

After several hours at the hospital I was extremely tired and could barely keep my eyes open, but for Leo and Miguel this was just an ordinary day at work. They go to the hospital at least two times a week to help our guys to get to their appointments and keep all of their documents in order. They are indeed doing a great work.

Take care!


Emmas resa September 2013 Posted on Sun, September 22, 2013 06:07:16

Today it took me almost two hours by bus to get to the house in Villa Maria – the traffic in Lima is indeed terrible! But when I finally got there it was as always worth it. Many of the guys have started to make earrings and bracelets. Daniél is probably the one with most experience and he teaches the others the handicraft and also what materials that are the best to use. Many of the guys confirm that making the jewelry, and to earn money on their own by selling it, is a great boost for their self-esteem.

There are some new people in the staff that started to work with the project a couple of months ago. Vilma handles the cooking and Miguel takes care of the guys, together with Leo. They are really nice and caring and they seem to enjoy their work at the house.

Often there isn’t a lot to do for the guys and some of them feel that they’re just sitting and waiting for something to happen. For many, a meaningful everyday life is important in order to recover and become healthy as quickly as possible. We’ve had Swedish volunteers at the house several times and they are important for the project especially because they come with new ides and initiatives that make the days much more fun for the guys at the house. The latest volunteer was Marcus who wrote on the blog before and the guys talk and ask about him all the time. To make the days a bit more enjoyable for the guys we’re planning to get them a volleyball net on the backyard. Today we had “movie-time” and it is actually much more fun to watch the guys commenting the movie than it is to watch the movie.

Take care!

I’m back!

Emmas resa September 2013 Posted on Fri, September 20, 2013 05:27:52

Finally I’m back in Lima and I’m here by two purposes – to continue my research about tuberculosis and socioeconomic determinants in the poor areas around Lima and to follow up on our project “Sembrando Esperanza Peru”.

I was quite jet-lagged when I arrived at the house in Villa Maria today, but it was indeed fantastic to see all friends again at “Casa de Jenny”.

There were also lots of new faces. For the moment there are 15 persons living in the house which is a bit too many considering space and budget. Therefore the guys who are healthiest need to help out with the everyday work in the household.

Alex is one of those that I haven’t met before. He has a brain injury, probably from a birth trauma, and as a grown-up he has nowhere to live and no one that looks after him. With our project he now has a new family and he even attends evening courses so he can learn to read and write.

One of the best things was to see Raul again. First I didn’t recognize him because he looked so vital and healthy. Last time I saw him was at the hospital and at that moment I didn’t think that he was going to survive much longer. He’s almost done with his tuberculosis treatment and hopefully he’ll soon be able to start a new life without hospitals and medicines.

Finally, before I left the house for the day, Alvaro presented his latest piece of art – a house for the new dog.

Hasta luego!

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