Jan 20, 2021

Looking Forward in the New Year

Helping Hands Cambodia students
Helping Hands Cambodia students

2020 was an unusual year for the entire world, and while all of Globalteer’s projects were affected, we were still able to positively impact our communities through our work. Here is a brief update on our projects worldwide and some things we are looking forward to in the coming year.

 

Cambodia

Sports Programme:

Because Covid-19 cases are low in Cambodia, we have been able to keep our sports programme up and running while keeping proper hygiene protocols in place, which has been a great morale booster for our students. This month, we welcomed our new Sports Project Manager, Jared! Jared is well-known around Siem Reap as “the frisbee guy," as he organizes weekly games of ultimate frisbee, open to all members of the community. He can also speak Khmer, the official language of Cambodia, which is a great asset. We are excited for the new skills and enthusiasm Jared brings to the table and look forward to developing our programme further with his leadership.

HHC Project

Helping Hands Cambodia school continues operating regular classes, per our last update. Because of Covid-related delays, the new school year will now start in February, rather than November as normal. With our sights set on a fruitful 2021, we are hoping to recruit 50 new students for the start of the school year. Spreading the word amongst the community and helping families with the applications is crucial to meeting that goal. Our team is hard at work, making home-visits to the families of prospective new students. We can’t wait to welcome some shining new faces!

 

Peru

Picaflor House:

Although Picaflor House’s doors are still closed due to Covid restrictions, the Peruvian government is estimating that they will re-open schools in March of this year. Therefore, we are setting our sights on this date for our official re-opening of Picaflor and initiation of classes for the school year. We will be ensuring our hygiene requirements and practices are up to code on our site, and we will make sure to keep our students, teachers, staff, and volunteers as safe as possible. We will also be keeping up to date regularly with any news from the government regarding any changes to their plans for next year. Picaflor’s staff will continue the monthly delivery of food packages to our families most in need!

PAWS:

Although our PAWS work was on hold for the majority of 2020, we are coming into 2021 with renewed energy and a hopeful outlook for the coming year. We have plans to get the ball (and our mobile veterinary clinic) rolling, with our dog welfare campaigns as soon as we are able, bringing desperately needed healthcare to the dogs in the rural villages where we work around Cusco. We are also in the process of hiring a permanent veterinarian and veterinary assistant to work with our team full-time over the course of the next year, which will be an important step for us. Stay tuned for more updates!

 

Thank you for taking the time to read our update, and as always, thank you for your continued, invaluable support. If you would like to donate, and we hope you do, please visit our page to do so!

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New Sports Project Manager - Jared
New Sports Project Manager - Jared
Street Dogs in Cusco
Street Dogs in Cusco
Jan 8, 2021

New Year, Fresh Outlook

Although our PAWS work was on hold for the majority of 2020 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we are coming into 2021 with renewed energy and a hopeful outlook for the coming year. We have plans to get the ball rolling (and our mobile veterinary clinic rolling) with our dog welfare campaigns, bringing desperately needed healthcare to the dogs in the rural villages where we work around Cusco.

Although we will need to have strict hygienic protocols in place to keep all staff, volunteers, and community members safe, we can soon begin to pick up where we left off before Peru’s lockdown. The Peruvian government themselves have started providing their standard rabies vaccinations around the city, meaning we will also be able to carry out similar work, using Covid-safe protocols.

We are very excited to get the programme re-started, and this month we are completing all of the preparation and organization. We were fortunate enough to receive a grant to provide medicines for our campaigns over the next year, so we are sourcing those and planning our strategy for the next couple of months. We are also in the process of hiring a permanent veterinarian and veterinary assistant to work with our team full-time over the course of the next year, which will be an important step for us. We look forward to introducing the new team members to you soon!

Thank you!

Over the last year, we have been so grateful for each and every donation we have received, especially during these difficult times. We are honoured by the outpouring of support, and we could not run this programme without you. The welfare of the dogs of Cusco will be better because of you, so we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. And so do the dogs!

Can you help us spread the word? We hope that you can! And be sure to check out and follow our PAWS Facebook page! We’re also on Instagram!

Jan 8, 2021

January 2021 Update

Unfortunately, all schools, education centers, and programs like ours remain closed throughout Peru, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. It has now been almost an entire year since Peru’s lockdown first began, and our students and community members have had to adjust to online learning and a new lifestyle, alongside the entire world.

However, the good news is that the last official government update indicated that schools would begin opening in March of this year, with proper protocols in place to keep everyone as safe as possible. As long nothing changes in the coming months and this remains true, we should be allowed to open La Pagina en La Puerta’s doors to our students once more. We are remaining optimistic and hope that our next update will bring you good news!

For now, thank you for your continued support!

 
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