Lizeth stands wearing her Operation Blessing shirt, ready to help.

A Heart to Help

Lizeth stands wearing her Operation Blessing shirt, ready to help.

PERU – Lizeth knows firsthand that the smallest act of kindness can make the biggest difference in the life of someone truly in need. This attitude touches everything she does, including her work as a Community Health Worker to serve the sick and infirm in Bélen, Peru.

The region is dry half of the year, but the other six months the waters rise so high that the only way to travel is by boat. These conditions create unique health concerns, and Lizeth is eager to address them.

The mother of four is a Community Health Worker with Operation Blessing, but people in her community just call her “Dr. Lizeth.” She underwent training for three years with OB Peru, but her calling to help people is innate.

Lizeth takes notes talking to a patient.

Lizeth remembers a particular man in her community, a widower who was impoverished and sick. He had no one to look after him, and no money for the medication he needed. Though Lizeth had little, she gave what she could to purchase his medication, and took the time to look after him through his illness.

“I am always willing to give everything of me,” Lizeth said. “I really like to help, and when I have the opportunity, I do it with a lot of love.”

Lizeth applied herself to the Community Health Worker classes—learning to identify vital signs on patients, counsel young pregnant mothers before and after childbirth and administer first aid.

“I really loved the classes and I was always willing to learn and put my knowledge into practice,” she said.

Lizeth at her graduation wearing her robe.

Lizeth hugging an Operation Blessing staff member.

After completing her training, Operation Blessing could see that Lizeth had not only the heart to help others, but was also emboldened with the skills she needed to address health concerns. To aid her efforts as a Community Health Worker, OB Peru gave Lizeth a Community Medical Kit filled with tools to help her do more in her community.

Lizeth was thankful for the kit and training, but still longed to study at a university and earn her diploma. With OBI’s help, Lizeth’s dream came true, and she is now an Operation Blessing Health Promoter.

As a Community Health Worker, Lizeth speaks to a room full of people.

Lizeth tends to a little boy's arm.

“I never thought I would graduate in my life,” Lizeth said. “This is something I always wanted, and I got it thanks to Operation Blessing.”

As needs arise in her community, Lizeth is always quick to help, skilled in her practice and full of love for her patients.

“Thank you Operation Blessing for everything you have been doing for the most needy.”

STORY UPDATE

FEBRUARY 2018 – Lizeth is still hard at work serving the city of Iquitos with her medical kit. An epidemic of conjunctivitis recently struck the community, and Lizeth used her knowledge and experience to help stop its spread.

“It’s the first time something like this happened in the city,” she said. “I saw children and many people with red eyes because of the conjunctivitis. Many of them who came to me didn’t know how that infection was spread, so as I learned about it in the workshops, I could guide people to avoid infecting others.”

Lizeth helps her neighbor with medication and a hug.

In a matter of weeks, nearly 40 people received ophthalmological drops and guidance from Lizeth. They were all thankful for the help.

“I went to the hospital, and they didn’t have drops for my eyes. They had run out,” said Rosa, a woman suffering from conjunctivitis. “I found the drops I needed when I came here. It has done me a lot of good, and I healed!”

Lizeth was glad to help her community with the knowledge she obtained from Operation Blessing’s Community Health Workers training.

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