A message to Dining for Women members
Diana Bowie, President and Geordan Shannon, Medical Director
We want to portray how powerful this project has become, both for the communities involved and for us as an organization. It has become even more powerful than we realized at the time. The grant from Dining for Women has served as a catalyst for change.
Because of our work, the women – and even the men – of our communities are becoming very involved in their own healthcare; for some of them, this is the first time they have engaged with formal healthcare and taken charge of their own health. They are really excited about this project and it is gaining momentum. Women are engaged in our program and asking good questions. From appearing shy and marginalized, they are now proactive and more empowered.
The project has allowed community members to talk about what is important for them. For the first time, we have opened discussions around sexuality, relationships, and even domestic violence. From our discussions, we have community leaders wanting to form more locally led projects addressing violence against women, women’s health and chronic disease.
We have always spoken about sustainability of our work, through listening to the community’s needs. Now we are able to realize this fully: the community is now interested in taking the lead on their own healthcare and they are asking about doing this for themselves. Beyond this, we have the valuable opportunity to work with the government to incorporate this program into the public system to provide care for all women in Loreto. Our program, serving as a blueprint for action, may extend over the entire district.
By investing in us, you have shown the communities that they have a voice. You have allowed them to dream of a better future and start realizing the change they have wanted to see in their world.
The World Bank Group and Sexual Research Violence Initiative have announced that DB Peru and the University College London will receive $150,000 grant for Gender-Based Violence Prevention in the Amazon of Peru (GAP).
Author of the grant Dr. Geordan Shannon has done extensive research on gender-based violence in the area of Iquitos and the lower Napo River villages, and will be the lead researcher for this project. Dr. Shannon, from Australia, is currently in London completing her PhD and serves as the Medical Director for DB Peru.
Renzo Pena, Vice President of DB Peru, and Jenevieve Mannell of UCL will accept the award in Washington DC in April 2017. The project will formally begin in November.
Once again the Kindness in Action NGO from Canada joined us in Peru, this time in the northern town of Chulucanas. More than 1000 dental treatments were provided in record-setting heat. The team of 23 volunteers consisted of 8 dentists, accompanied by dental assistants and helpers. Local Lima dentist Nickolas Koenig participated as well.
People received extractions, fillings and cleanings, as well as almost non-stop education on dental hygiene.
The mayor of Chulucanas presented each one of the group with a certificate of appreciation and a gift of a local ceramic, for which Chulucanas is famous. A tour was given to see the local artisans at their craft.
We are delighted to be listed in Parade’s article about Top-Rated Charities for giving during the holidays and throughout the year. Toward the bottom of the article (click below) it reads:
“Give the gift of good health
In 2001, Diana Bowie visited Peru as a tourist and learned of the massive healthcare needs—education, supplies and treatment—of people living in jungle communities. Ever since, this retired American ER nurse has been organizing trips (over 70 and counting) to bring medical care and knowledge to the most remote places in the Amazon River region of Peru. dbperu.org”
28 volunteers from around the world participated in our September jungle trip dedicated to cervical cancer and HPV. Women came from 8 villages to learn more about the disease. 73 women had pelvic examinations with collection of specimens for pap smear and HPV, including some who needed treatment with cryotherapy.
In addition a medical clinic was conducted for all adults and children. Games kept the children occupied while formal education was given.
We would like to invite you to join us for an exciting evening of dancing, food and fun as we celebrate 14 years of working in the Peruvian Amazon jungle. Canadian ambassador Gwyneth Kutz has graciously opened her home in Monterrico for this evening.
People living along the rivers are at especially high risk for tetanus, working with machetes and rusty and dirty equipment, etc. Thanks to our sponsor Eske Corporation of Lima, Peru, and a donation of tetanus vaccine, we were able to vaccinate 300 people during our March trip, young and old alike, everyone cheering each other on to grin and bear it.
Records were kept for the Peruvian Minister of Health statistics.
DIGNITY: We found this young man crawling on the ground to get around. By his demeanor and actions, he appeared to be retarded. When dentist Jeff lifted him into a wheelchair, he was transformed into a dignified person, holding himself erect and smiling radiantly. We had transported the wheelchair for a young boy in another village, but before we could deliver it, we found this young man. After a brief discussion, we decided to give it to him and buy another chair later for the young boy. It was a very powerful moment for us all.
The wheelchair was a private donation from Donna DeAngelis, with Sara Warzecka buying the second chair.