The sad tail of a medical campaign

Just over a week ago we were up in the Andes, in Arequipa, as part of a joint venture of the Seminary and Social Action Department. I carried out a course in Social Action with the students from the seminary’s campus at Jerusalem Baptist Church, and Regiane helped organise a medical campaign at Jardines del Chachani, at the foot of the Chachani volcano.

Regiane on a supervisory patrol
Daniel and Ana on reception duty

For this campaign we had a doctor, a nurse, two obstetricians, a couple of hairdressers and a psychologist.

Initially folks were reluctant to see the psychologist. However, when it was explained that he was someone you could talk to about how you were feeling, quite a few children expressed an interest. I was on reception with Ana and she let the children through to see the psychologist without consulting with me first. I must confess that I was skeptical that they would take it seriously. Nonetheless, in conversation with the psychologist afterwards I discovered that the kids were enthusiastic to talk about their problems with him, especially their sense of powerlessness in the face of domestic conflict and/or violence.

Ana 1 x 0 Dad.

As is common in Peru we could not leave without eating, and they served us a traditional dish of rocoto relleno (peppers stuffed with meat), papa con queso (potatoes in cheese sauce) and cuy.

Yes, that is a tail you can see.

Cuy: guinea pig. I have eaten guinea pigs, I am indeed a monster.