Jun 23, 2020

Cambodia Sports Programme Update

Stretching during a socially-distanced lesson!
Stretching during a socially-distanced lesson!

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entire world, and our Cambodia Sports Programme is no exception. Although we have had to adapt the programme over the last few months, our work has not stopped! Taking responsible precautions, and after discussions with the leaders in the village where we work, we have still been able to conduct some 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.

Goals for Girls

We are happy to announce that preparations for the Goals for Girls aspect of our programme are underway. This programme will support about 25 girls, ages 16-19, bringing them together for a series of leadership workshops on the soccer pitch. Over the course of 1 year, these girls will use soccer as a tool to learn and discuss things like role models, leadership skills and the role of women in the community. It is our hope that these skills developed on the soccer field will translate into everyday life. We hope to begin workshops with our first group of girls within the next month.

New Coach

Since our last update, we have also hired our newest sports coach, Un Sokhim. We know she will be a great teacher for our students, and also an inspiration to the girls participating in the Goals for Girls programme! We’re excited for the perspective she will bring to our project.   

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

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! You can also subscribe to our newsletter for regular Globalteer updates regarding this and all of our other projects!

Rope skipping - getting those heart-rates up!
Rope skipping - getting those heart-rates up!
Un Sokhim, our newest coach!
Un Sokhim, our newest coach!
Jun 22, 2020

Peru Women's Empowerment Update

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the entire world, and our Women’s Empowerment initiative is no exception. Severe lockdown orders in Peru mean that we have not been able to travel to the communities where we are working to continue building guinea pig sheds. The women working with the existing structures have been able to carry out their work, however, successfully raising guinea pigs.

In the coming weeks, Peru’s lockdown should be easing, allowing the women to travel to the local markets to begin selling guinea pigs and earning their first profits. We hope to bring you news of that soon.

Organic Farming Plans

Once we are allowed to travel, buy supplies in local shops, and meet with the women in the communities again, we have exciting plans to add a new aspect to our programme! Several women have expressed interest in having greenhouses so that they can begin organic farming of vegetables and fruits known to grow well in the area. The cool climate of Cusco means that greenhouses are necessary for growing certain vegetables and fruits outside of the normal potatoes and quinoa, and having a crop of these products will bring in more income for the women in Pinagua and surrounding villages, allowing them even more opportunities for economic independence.

We are working on building plans for the first greenhouse, and as soon as we are able to get to building and training, we will! Please stay tuned for further 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!

May 28, 2020

May 2020 Update

The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the entire world, and Globalteer is no exception. While many of our projects are on pause due to government-mandated lockdowns and our partners cannot accept volunteers, in both Peru and Cambodia, we are still managing to assist our communities, while respecting social distancing.

Peru – Peru Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Project

Due to Peru’s strict lockdown, most restaurants in Cusco have been completely shut down for more than 2 months. Many street dogs without homes rely on these restaurants and their scraps for a steady supply of food, and without this source of a daily meal, the welfare of these dogs is far worse than it was before the pandemic.

In one of the villages where we have been running dog welfare campaigns, a local citizen has taken it upon himself to make sure that the village dogs are being fed every day. Our staff began working with Froilan during the lockdown to help provide him with food for the dogs, and we spoke to him about becoming a “Dog Warden” for PAWS, meaning that with our assistance, he will be in charge of making sure that the dogs in his village without homes get the care that they need. We are looking forward to our partnership and to have Froilan as part of the PAWS community.

With harsh restrictions still in place, we will continue to do what we can to provide for the dogs in our community village. Once restrictions are lifted, we will begin our traveling campaigns in the mobile clinic once again.

Cambodia – Helping Hands Cambodia Project

At HHC school in Siem Reap, we may not be able to continue in our normal pursuits, but the health and well-being of our students is now, more than ever, our key concern and responsibility.  After numerous discussions with the Village Chief and Commune Leader, we're very happy to report that we’ve been given permission to visit our students at home.

Our dedicated team, armed with soap, toothpaste, workbooks and homework are out and about, making visits to each family.  Beginning with thorough lessons on handwashing, they are then checking in to see how our students and their families are coping at this difficult time.  Reminding them of the importance of good hygiene, spending some time practicing reading and writing with the students, and setting homework and activities for them to do over the coming week.

We’re so grateful that despite these uncertain times, we’re able to maintain a strong support role in our local community and keep the vital connection between students and teachers alive.

We look forward to welcoming volunteers to our wonderful projects once conditions allow.  For more information about any of our initiatives and projects, please visit www.globalteer.org. Thank you for your support!

 

 
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