Clínica Hampina Wasi with Diospi Suyana’s logo
18 months ago the head of the Clínica Hampina Wasi was given a warning. Using Diospi Suyana’s logo he lured patients into his clinic. After 40 reports about our missionary hospital on Peruvian TV, most Peruvians would recognise our emblem with the sun and the diamond-shaped cross. Sadly this businessman has not learnt his lesson. Lured by our logo, patients continue to visit his clinic, but have to pay 50 Soles for a treatment. We at Diospi Suyana, who pursue no profit intentions, charge 4 Soles (roughly €1) for a treatment.
Yesterday Doris Manco personally went to the clinic, but was unable to speak to the man. Furthermore, the owner flatly refused to speak to Dr John via telephone. Our logo is trademark protected in Peru until 2027. Sadly the only way forward now is to start legal proceedings. It pains us to see that villains try again and again to make money from our good reputation.
Today she is called Farida Robles
Florence Nightingale died in London on 13th August 1910. She is The Role Model for nurses across the globe. At the Hospital Diospi Suyana the Peruvian Farida Robles is following in her footsteps. For ten years now she has worked exceptionally and exemplary in the treatment of our patients. Yesterday, Tuesday, was the last time that this fact was proven true. Having undergone gynaecological treatment three women were sitting at their communal breakfast table. This early mobilisation is due solely to the head nurse who pays attention to such important things. Her surname “Robles” translates as “oak”. Her sacrificial care for our patients is solid and lasting. Hence for Farida Latin expression rings true: “nomen est omen”.
In this morning’s group photo Farida, who had just finished bedding a patient, stands next to gynaecologists Dr Jens Haßfeld and Dr Jorge Cotrina. Dr Miriam Boeker, who is not on the photo, helped operating on the patients on Monday.
A big task for this week
Yesterday a team headed by Chris Welch and Doris Manco started working on Diospi Suyana’s aerial tower in Poltocsa. Two staff from the company Intelect – who will support the team – landed at Andahuaylas‘ small airport. The goal is crystal clear. By this Friday the satellite connection should work and the aerials and the transmitters be up and running.
Then 0.1mio more Peruvians will be able to receive Diospi Suyana’s radio programme. Every hour we wait with bated breath for further news from the hill above the big city of Andahuaylas.
Waiting for Monday
Is this the new trend? Three tents have been erected opposite the hospital’s main entrance. Sleeping under a tarpaulin sheet is far better than sleeping under the open skies outside the hospital grounds. It is Sunday and those waiting outside know that they have to wait at least another 17/18 hours. Naturally no one knows for certain, if they will get a coupon (entrance ticket) on Monday morning. But they live in hope and the sun shines.
One meaning of the Quechua expression “Diospi Suyana” is “God is waiting for you”. Many things in life are bought through an inner time of preparation. Some patients come from far away to the Peruvian State of “Apurímac”, which translated means: “God speaks”. Then they reach Curahuasi, where the house (Huasi) can be found in which people heal (Curar). And finally they stand or lie in front of the hospital where “God is waiting for them”. These terms remind us of a pilgrimage and, judging by feedback given by patients, this is what many visitors experience.
The 2017/2018 team of voluntary welfare workers head back to Europe
On Friday we said goodbye to our 2017/2018 team of voluntary welfare workers. Five of them spent their year helping out at the school, two of them at the hospital. After the weekly raising of the flag at the Diospi-Suyana-School head of school, Christian Bigalke, got up to speak. He thanked the young ladies for everything they had done in their year at Curahuasi and wished them God’s richest blessings for their fresh starts back home. It was clear that Helen Schad, Cati Vollmer, Nele Oswald, Hanne Kühl and Miss Isabelle loved their time here.
Over their year at Diospi Suyana the “colegio-team” worked in several different areas: in the kindergarten, taught art, English, sport and literature, made meals in the kitchen and washed up afterwards, worked library shifts, accompanied the pupils on class excursions, acted as substitute teachers, translated teaching materials, taught a group of pupils and performed a musical, etc, etc, etc…! We could never list all the things they did; their work was so worthwhile.
In the night from Thursday to Friday they relived their last day at school: they wrote greetings to pupils and staff on the boards, blocked corridors with furniture and exchanged the sound of the school gong with their favourite song – this meant that the pupils came dancing into the first break-time!
Then as their final act, before heading immediately to the airport, they mingled amongst the crowd and said their final farewells. They will have a few days of “calm” before their flight leaves for Europe on Tuesday.
Since they want to become occupational therapists, teachers and doctors we secretly hope that they will come back to Diospi Suyana, since all these occupations are needed here in Curahuasi – even in five years! Will they find their way to Curahuasi? Ojalá – hopefully!
By themselves Tabitha Pranzas and Tabea Mayer kept the flag flying at the hospital. They worked hard supporting the administration and the reception teams. All seven of the 2017/2018 team helped out with the eleven children’s clubs.
Accompanying Monika Schmidt on her house visits
Without a doubt the profession of a midwife counts to the eldest in the world. But the profession was never easy. In the Middle Ages brave women had to ride on horseback to distant farmsteads. Fortunately these hardships are history, but how does a midwife reach the new-mothers’ homes in Curahuasi in the 21st Century? We asked midwife Monika about her job. She replied:
“By quad I reach the house I need to visit. My colleague and I aim to visit each woman in childbed once after the birth of their child in their homes. We check on the child’s development and the mother’s and the child’s health and give advice that is crucial for a baby’s first few weeks!”
A thankful Quechua-Indian mother outside her house. Monika’s cheerful manner shines like the warm sun into the woman’s life situation. She used this opportunity to learn how the Quechua mothers carry their babies in their shawls. Having convinced herself of the sound state of both mother and child, Monika started the quad to head to her next appointment.
Waiting rooms and corridors bursting at the seams
This morning we carefully made our way by car through the huge crowd. Dr Reinhard Kühn commented: “One simply cannot handle such an onrush!” Despite that fact that hundreds of people are clogging up rooms and corridors, everything is surprisingly calm and disciplined. Pictures can hardly tell the whole truth, you have to have seen it for yourself. All these people are on a mission. Some of them have travelled over thirty hours – passing several hospitals on their way to Curahuasi – in order to be told the correct diagnosis and be treated accordingly.
Four people, sent by their village community somewhere in Cusco State, approach our administration team: “Please build the same hospital for us. We will gladly give you the plot of land you require!”
Late that evening in the intensive care unit doctors and nurses are fighting for a patient’s life. He had kidney failure. He made it to the hospital, despite an incredibly long journey, but then suffered cardiac arrest.
We must, however, get some sleep at night to be fresh for the next day. Tuesday won’t be much easier.
The Media Centre’s new storey makes a solid impression
Hello Friends, the outer walls of the new storey are almost built, bar the bit around the ramp. One after the other the stiffening columns are encased and concreted, a difficult and risky task. Unfortunately we do not have facade scaffolding. However, we make do with our aluminium scaffolding platform on wheels. The not so massive inner walls are next on our to-do list. For static reasons the office partitions will be made from lightweight partition walls.
We were very thankful that we cemented up the stairwell hole of the sliding ladder last week, since on Monday night it rained so heavily that we had a 4cm deep lake on the roof; the outside walls had no hole in them and thus they acted as a dam. Germany and England are not the only countries which are currently experiencing crazy weather patterns – in Peru we are experiencing an unusual amount of rain in the middle of the dry season.
Today I would also like to report on our aerial tower building site in Echarati. Echarati is located on the edge of the rainforest at an altitude of 1010m above sea-level – the building site itself is at 1891m. One needs an hour by SUV driving over bumpy tracks to reach the site. The subcontractor, who is performing the work for us, is currently four weeks behind the prescribed schedule. The reasons that he gives for the delay are: extremely wet, cold and misty weather, the difficulty of getting materials to the site and the challenge of finding able workmen, who are prepared to work in out-of-the-way places and who are generally used to working in the tropical climate found in the valleys. The quality of the work, however, is satisfactory. We will see how the building site progresses also regarding the erecting of the aerial tower and the agreed contractual penalty.
Wishing you a blessed and relaxing weekend with bearable temperatures, Udo.
… and Valentina Barrenechea (15) three weeks ago
You come across huge screens at all exposed locations at Lima Airport. They serve two purposes: advertising or showing which children have recently disappeared. What is so frightening is their up-to-dateness. Every couple of days a new child’s face makes it onto the screens. No one can feel what their parents are going through nor imagine what the boys or the girls themselves are suffering. Child trafficking is booming in South America. One almost wants to never let go of one’s child’s or grandchild’s hand before scanning one’s surroundings mistrustfully. Almost instinctively the question comes: “How can it be that people do such things?”
Jesus Christ said: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness and slander.” (Matthew 15:19)
The following article published in a Südwind Magazine in 2008 gives us an insight into the depths of mankind’s perversion.
The baton is being passed on in the dental laboratory
Elisabeth Franke and dental technician Tibor Minge have invested four years in building up and running Diospi Suyana’s dental laboratory. And now their time in Peru is drawing to a close. The two of them have compiled a job description and we hope that the correct person/people will read it and answer the call.
Desperately needed: a dental technician or a master dental technician. We, Diospi Suyana’s dental technician team, are looking for a colleague who loves our job as much as we do, who is a passionate Christian and who wants to work at the missionary hospital in Curahuasi. Our international team is made up of dentists and engaged dental nurses. We do not speak about multidisciplinary work, we practise it on a day to day basis.
Main activities: ceramics works, model casting, total prosthesis, dental appliances and CAD CAM.
Job and calling go hand in hand. All missionaries working at Diospi Suyana are supported prayerfully and financially by a circle of friends and are sent by missionary organisations to Peru. If you are interested in this position, please email our home office: email@example.com