Highlight of Progress: Water Filters in Peru

September 3, 2015

In May of this past summer, our staff and volunteers at our Medical Outreach site in Peru put our vision of providing water filtration systems into action, giving many communities the ability to access more clean water and start living a healthier lifestyle.

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A worker of Proyecto Río Huatanay enjoying clean water during a long day of work.

Led by USC chapter leaders Max and Natalie, the Medical Outreach chapter at USC did an excellent job seeing this project to fruition. The VAW team partnered with USC Club H2O, and through the collaboration their team was able to bring the filtration systems to Peru from the United States and help facilitate the installation of the systems. Additionally, the chapter educated the communities on how to operate and maintain the filtration systems, ensuring the systems will have a sustainable impact on the communities. We cannot thank the USC team enough for their hard work!

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A water station made possible by the USC VAW and USC Club H2O filters and the hard work of the Proyecto Rio Huatanay facilitators. They have clean water stations set up for workers throughout the work sites.

As our new 2015-2016 season gets underway, we are excited to expand our projects in each of our sites and continue to progress as an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in communities around the world.

Meet Ruth Karina from Huasampata, Peru

July 13, 2015

Ruth Karina

Ruth Karina is a six year old girl from Huasampata, Peru, located about one hour outside of Cusco, Peru. Currently, Ruth is in the second grade. She attends a local school, which she walks to every day with her siblings. Before her accident, Ruth was a very energetic and happy little girl who enjoyed playing with her siblings and friends outside. Since her accident, however, Ruth has become more reserved and withdrawn, and no longer likes to go out to play.


Dr. John Huamanquispe examining Ruth’s elbow and discussing options with her parents

Ruth came to one of Volunteers Around the World’s mobile clinics in May for a cold, when our Peru Medical Director, Dr. John Huamanquispe, noticed her elbow.

About 9 months ago, Ruth was walking home with her sister and helping carrying a couple of
buckets of water in a wheelbarrow back to the house for her family. The wheelbarrow she was pushing unexpectedly flipped over, causing Ruth to fall and land on her elbow, dislocating it. Ever since then, Ruth has had to live with the pain and discomfort of having a dislocated elbow which she is unable to use. Unfortunately, Ruth’s family is not able to afford the surgery to fix her elbow.


Ruth’s family in their house in Huasampata

When her family attended VAW’s mobile clinic and heard that Ruth might be able to receive surgery, they were very excited. Dr. Huamanquispe believes that Ruth has a very good chance of recovering near-full mobility of her elbow, because she is so young. He has already made contact with a local physical therapist who is willing donate his time and energy to Ruth post-surgery to aid her recovery.


Ruth’s elbow

Please consider donating so that Ruth can have her elbow fixed, and return to playing and enjoying life as every six year old should be able to. Any amount will help!

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Entrance to Huasampata

Volunteers Around the World: Dominican Republic Hospital Internship 2014 Student Perspective

August 18, 2014

By Elizabeth Carpenter

How could I possibly count the reasons this program is one of the best experiences I have had so far in my medical career?  I entered this program as a rising senior in engineering, pre-health, and in the midst of the application process for medical school.  I was looking for a medical program lasting a month or so in a Spanish-speaking country, but I got so much more from this internship. Continue reading Volunteers Around the World: Dominican Republic Hospital Internship 2014 Student Perspective

Dental Outreach: Stony Brook University

June 18, 2014

Volunteers Around the World is excited to announce the begin of Dental Outreach!!

For our first day of Volunteers Around the World mobile dental clinics we went to the community of El Añil, about 30 minutes outside of Jarabacoa. The volunteers and dentists were in a van and we had to get a separate truck to take all of the necessary dental supplies and equipment. After a few stops to buy gas and water, we could finally arrived to a little club house in the community.

The volunteers were excited and ready to start! Continue reading Dental Outreach: Stony Brook University

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