Hundreds of people gather each day in the large community center waiting for their turn to see one of the medical brigade doctors who work along side local medics to provide integral care. They sometimes wait all day just see a specialist. So this year, while waiting, Chispa Project set up a reading corner. We talked with parents about the importance of reading, lent books out, and provided activities to the children using stories books to promote self-esteem, and to reduce stress and anxiety. The children had fun while reinforcing reading habits through shared reading between peers, reading aloud, creating their own stories (written or drawn).
CHPH also provides trainings for the health promoter volunteers to take back health information to their local villages. This year, Chispa also participated with a training on how families can promote reading habits in young children even if there are not books home.
Thanks CHPH for the invitation, and we look forward to the next brigade in October!