NSWB provide health education to Guatemalan women
Nursing Students Without Borders of VCU (NSWB of VCU) recently returned from a community service trip to Guatemala, where they provided health education to women villagers. Seven students, accompanied by Mary Falk, M.S.N, RN, CCRN, PCCN, CNL, clinical instructor, traveled in conjunction with the Highland Support Project and were paired with the Association of Mayan Women (Asociacion de Mujeres del Altiplano or AMA). The Highland Support Project, based out of Richmond, supports communities in the Highlands of Guatemala by fostering innovative models of development that break cycles of dependency. The AMA provides Guatemalan women with skills, education and opportunities for entrepreneurship.
The group taught courses on diabetes and hypertension and on women’s health issues relating to the menstrual cycle. The women in the classes are currently learning to be nurse midwifes in their communities. Students also built three new stoves for different families in the village of San Juan. The stoves provide a safer and cleaner method for cooking their meals.