Maya Washington (Nepal)

Maya grew up in San Francisco, CA. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and is currently a graduate student at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management; pursuing a degree in Coexistence and Conflict with a focus on Humanitarian Aid. Maya is a former Peace Corps Volunteer having served in Kenya under the Ministry of Health as an HIV/AIDS education and prevention volunteer, where she helped provide Traditional Birth Attendants with kits needed to perform safe deliveries and assisted in training those attendants. After being evacuated from Kenya due to political turmoil, Maya served under the Ministry of Health in Lesotho (Southern Africa) as an HIV/AIDS education/prevention and youth development volunteer. While in Peace Corps Lesotho Maya helped HIV positive mothers learn how to better care for themselves and their newborns through nutrition and women’s health education. She helped begin two Libraries within her rural community of Nazareth, Lesotho and ran diversity camps throughout the country. Contact: mwashington@advocacynet.org



June Health Camp

12 Jun

The first health camp came and went in a bit of a blur. I arrived to dozens of people greeting me with applause and singing, putting leis on me and adorning my forehead with thika. The final result being this…

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The camp began with celebrations; honoring those that made the camp possible. There was a great deal of singing and dancing; lots of speeches and awards of recognition given out.

My goal during this camp was really just to find out how it worked, hear some of the women’s stories, find out what knowledge they had about uterine prolapse, what they needed in order to help them resolve these issues and what their everyday lives looked like. I was able to interview several women with help of my interpreter Yunesh.

The camp was 2 days. One of which I spent without any water because one of my plastic filtered water bottle disappeared and I forgot my water filter (never forget your water filter!!) It was the beginning of the rainy season, so as we waited for the final logistics of the event to pan themselves out it started to pour. I attempted a rain catching maneuver with my water bottle that did not pan out. 🙁

http://www.advocacynet.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Mayas-photo.jpg

It all went by in a blur but in the end we were able to help several women acquire ring pessaries, signed many up to be contacted for future surgical procedures and helped many more with general health issues such as eye care, ear nose and throat care etc… It was quite a successful camp overall and I’m looking forward to the next one.

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Posted Jun 12th, 2015

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