On July 12th and 13th, Tia completed follow up visits in two villages: a six month follow up in Teocuitatlan, and a three month follow up in La Presa, Jalisco.
In Teocuitatlan, the Promotoras spent their time comparing best practices and helping to solidify each others skills and knowledge, while impressing us with how much they have been helping their friends and neighbors with their knowledge. In addition to the care they provide, they report a significant portion of their time is dedicated to encouraging healthy habits such as sanitation and nutrition improvements in their fellow villagers.
In La Presa, not only were we impressed by all the help and care these extraordinary women are giving, but also the additional responsibilities that they have already begun to take on. Carmen takes her medical kit to local rodeos, so that she can treat the injured. Jasmin and Aracelia go to the health clinic each month when the state doctor comes, and help by taking vitals and complaints from patients needing care. In the process, the doctor helps them hone and expand their own medical knowledge. The Promotoras often also take on the responsibility for checking in on patients of the doctor, and ensuring that wounds or illnesses are healing as expected.
These are all wonderful examples of self development! These women are taking the knowledge they have been given, and are becoming a force for further development in their communities.