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!

Nov 9, 2020

Feeding Our Families

Food Deliveries

Because Picaflor still cannot open its doors due to government regulations, over the last few months, we have been caring for our students and families in Oropesa in other ways. Thanks to some of Picaflor’s generous donors, we have been able to assemble food packages for our students’ families that are most in need. These are families who are struggling to find work during these difficult times and have little or no other forms of financial support. Luz, our project manager, along with our kitchen staff, has been putting together bundles of essential items that our families can use to ensure everyone has food on the table and delivering them each month. This program will continue until we are able to re-open our doors and begin serving hot, healthy meals to our students once again!

Sights Set on 2021

The Peruvian government is estimating that they will re-open schools in March of 2021. 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.

There is a chance that the government will allow playgrounds and outdoor recreational parks to open much sooner. If this is the case, we will at least open Picaflor’s play park to the community so that our students can get much-needed playtime and exercise, while still remaining in a safe, outdoor environment.

Until our doors officially reopen, we will continue serving our community, and we look forward to seeing our students and volunteers on Picaflor’s grounds once again!

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!

Luz and our kitchen staff prepare food packages
Luz and our kitchen staff prepare food packages
Oct 20, 2020

October 2020 Update

We are still feeling the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we see hope on the horizon! We hope to have our full programme running again soon.

In the meanwhile, there is a takeaway from the pandemic situation that shows why programmes like ours are so important. According to an article from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the risk of child abuse and children’s vulnerability has increased during the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Our Child Protection programme gives our students knowledge and confidence to seek help and know what to do when they find themselves in danger or situations of abuse. We sincerely hope that we have been able to make a true impact on our students and help protect them during these times. One of the recommendations that NSPCC gives for fighting against the rise in abuse is “comprehensive and long-term funding for children’s services,” which is why it is so important that we keep our programme running.

Peru

Due to the severe lockdown in Peru, our Picaflor House afterschool programme has had to close its doors until the government allows us to reopen. This means that we have been unable to continue our child safety lessons with our students. We estimate that we will be allowed to resume operations in March of 2021; therefore, our Child Protection lessons will resume at that time. Our project manager still has regular contact with our student’s families, checking in on them and their situations.

Cambodia

Thankfully, our Helping Hands School was recently allowed to re-open! Despite some home-lessons being given during the time we were closed, our over-all school year curriculum is behind, so we are playing catch-up with our students and making sure they are receiving the lessons they need to continue succeeding. Our Child Protection lessons are also behind, but we will continue to work them into our curriculum and schedule, as we know how crucial they are.

We hope to have more updates for you with our next report!

 

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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