After a six-month delay due to Covid, construction work has finally begun on the roof and floor replacement for the Health Center run by the rural community of Mojandita Curubi. The Wichana Foundation supports this community-run health center that provides medical care, dental care, and medicine to all, especially for poorer residents. The community has about 200 families, both indigenous Kichwa and mestizo people. It’s a poor rural area where almost everybody grows food and many are still subsistence farmers with very little cash income. A doctor, a dentist, and a nurse, spend every Friday afternoon seeing patients, some of whom walk miles to make the visit. When available, the patients receive free medicines. Common illnesses are high blood pressure and respiratory problems. The Center also educates community members on a variety of healthcare related subjects like health during pregnancy, newborn care, dental care and much more.
The Health Center’s roof is leaking badly and needs to be replaced. The floors are crumbling. We are raising money to replace the roof and the floors of the Health Center, before the building collapses. The leaks have created humidity problems that can no longer be mitigated by patching and painting. Prior to the Covid pandemic, we raised $8,000 towards the $12,000 needed so our new goal is just $4,000.