Sep 23, 2020

September 2020 Update

Sports session with our students in Cambodia
Sports session with our students in Cambodia

Cambodia

Sports Programme:

During the last several months, we have been able to conduct sports lessons with our kids near their homes, while maintaining hygiene rules and social distancing. It is important that our students are still receiving physical education during these times, keeping both their bodies and minds active and healthy. We were also able to officially kick off our Goals for Girls project, supporting about 25 girls, bringing them together for a series of leadership workshops on the soccer pitch. The response to the project has been very positive, and we look forward to expanding it once restrictions are lifted!

 HHC Project

Schools in Cambodia shut down in March due to the pandemic, but thankfully, our team able to visit our students at home to provide individual lessons, making sure to keep their health and wellbeing at the forefront. The Covid-19 numbers in Cambodia have remained low, and the government allowed schools to reopen recently, meaning HHC has been able to re-open its doors! We are currently teaching classes Monday through Thursday, and we are so glad to be seeing our students smiling faces again!

Peru

Picaflor House: The lock-down in Peru has loosened significantly. However, the government is still not reopening schools or allowing children to travel far from their homes, meaning Picaflor House cannot yet reopen. But since our staff has more flexibility, we are still able to assist our students in what ways we can.

We have identified the families of Picaflor who have been hardest hit economically by the pandemic and will be gathering produce and other food items to deliver to them. Many are single mothers or households where one or both parents have lost their jobs due to the situation, and we want to make sure they have the access to healthy meals that the students would otherwise have at Picaflor House.

PAWS: With our last update, we reported that many street dogs in Cusco were suffering due to restaurant closures throughout the city. Many dogs rely on these restaurants for daily scraps, and without them, they have few other places to turn to for food. During that time, we stepped in and provided street dogs with daily food. We are glad to report that some restrictions have been lifted in Peru’s strict quarantine, and restaurants are open again! This means that street dogs without families can be fed by restaurants with scraps, somewhat relieving the stress of their situation. In the meanwhile, we still continue to provide food and care to the street dogs within our immediate reach in our local community.

 

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!

Food delivery to one of our Picaflor families
Food delivery to one of our Picaflor families
Sep 16, 2020

September 2020 Update

The doors of La Pagina en La Puerta are still closed, due to government regulations in Peru aiming to protect as much of the population as possible from Covid-19. All schools and after-school programmes are closed and only operating virtually. While we know our regular library-attendees are eager to get out of their homes and come visit us again, it is best for everyone to stay home until the situation improves.

We have seen the numbers of cases dropping in Cusco, which is a good sign, but we do not expect to be allowed to open again until next year at the earliest. We will be sure to keep you updated. For now, we hope you are all safe and healthy!

Sep 11, 2020

September Update

With our last update, we reported that many street dogs in Cusco were suffering due to restaurant closures throughout the city. Many dogs rely on these restaurants for daily scraps, and without them, they have few other places to turn to for food. During that time, we stepped in and provided street dogs with daily food. We are glad to report that some restrictions have been lifted in Peru’s strict quarantine, and restaurants are open again! This means that street dogs without families can be fed by restaurants with scraps, somewhat relieving the stress of their situation. In the meanwhile, we still continue to provide food and care to the street dogs within our immediate reach in our local community.

PAWS Dog Warden Programme

During the last few months, we began our “Dog Warden Programme,” which specifies a local volunteer member of each community to work with us and make a great connection between PAWS and the village, helping us become even more trusted and effective. Through a dog warden, we receive valuable information in a timely manner to help the dogs in the community: when there are new puppies, when an injured dog needs assistance, or if a case of animal abuse occurs.

Recently, when a group of dogs was purposefully poisoned in a local village, our dog warden was alerted and contacted us immediately. We were able to reach the dogs in time to get them veterinary care, conduct an investigation, and by making our presence known in the area, help prevent such an incident from happening again. Without our Warden Programme and such a system of communication, the dogs may not be alive and healthy today.

Continuing Work

The conditions due to the Covid-19 pandemic have still restricted our ability to run mobile clinic health campaigns, but we remain vigilant and are anxiously awaiting the day that we can continue our valuable work, while still keeping all of our staff, volunteers, and community members safe.

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!

Thank you, as always, for your continued and invaluable support!

 
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