May 21, 2020

La Pagina en La Puerta - May 2020 Update

The circumstances regarding COVID-19 are affecting the entire world, and La Pagina en La Puerta is no exception.  After more than 9 weeks, the entire country of Peru is still under mandatory lock-down and quarantine, meaning we’ve had to close La Pagina’s doors until further notice. Our children and staff are home with their families, as all schools and most places of work have also been suspended.

We want to keep the kids in our community safe, so we will abide by government guidelines and asses the situation in the coming weeks and months to determine when we can re-open our doors. The children will be anxious to get out of their homes to visit us, read books at the library, and play games. We cannot wait to welcome them!

We will open our doors back up as soon as we can, and we hope that our next report brings news of our re-opened facilities and re-booted activities. For now, please keep yourselves and your families healthy.

May 14, 2020

PAWS on Pause: The pups still need your support!

Our first veterinary campaigns were quite the success back in February! If you follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram), you probably saw our updates and photos.

However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the PAWS mobile clinic has had its parking brake on since mid-March. Peru has been under mandatory lock-down since this time, and it is currently extended until May 24th. It is possible this will be extended even further, as the situation has not yet shown significant improvement. Our staff and volunteers are not allowed to leave their homes, except for essential human services, meaning we have not been allowed to continue our veterinary campaign work.

The street dogs in Peru also have it especially hard during these uncertain times. Those that are normally fed scraps from the bustling markets, taking handouts from friendly tourists, or simply fed by families who have taken pity on them, are having a much more difficult time finding food. To worsen the situation, some families who are out of work due to the pandemic are no longer able to afford food for their pets, and we expect that many more dogs will be abandoned to the street.

As soon as we are given permission, we plan to get the mobile clinic’s wheels rolling again, returning to the villages around Cusco to continue treating as many dogs as we can. Countries like Peru have been hit especially hard by this pandemic, and it is our continued commitment to do what we can.  When that time comes to roll out for our next veterinary campaign, we’ll be relying on your help. Please consider donating to help us in purchasing vital medicines and supplies needed to vaccinate, spay, and neuter the dogs in the villages where we work.

We hope that in our next update we can bring you news of another successful veterinary campaign. Until then, please stay safe and healthy. And thank you, as always, for your continued and invaluable support!

Vets, Volunteers, & Staff at our first campaign!
Vets, Volunteers, & Staff at our first campaign!
Mar 20, 2020

Update on the Situation at Picaflor House

The circumstances regarding COVID-19 are affecting the entire world, and Picaflor House is no exception. The entire country of Peru is under mandatory lock-down and quarantine, meaning we’ve had to close Picaflor’s doors until further notice. Our children and staff are home with their families, as all schools and most places of work have also been suspended.

We hope that these measures will help quell the crisis quickly, and that when the government re-assesses the quarantine in a few weeks, we will be allowed to re-open Picaflor. We keep an eye on the news daily, looking for updates and awaiting instructions regarding any changes in the situation.

Now our children will need support more than ever!

We will open our doors back up as soon as we can, and when our children return, we need to be able to provide them with the educational and nutritional support that they rely on us for. And after weeks of uncertainty, they will be looking for the familiarity and security that Picaflor House provides. Many non-profits will be hard-hit in the coming months, as the world’s economies are already being drastically affected. If it is within your means to donate to Picaflor House, we would be immensely grateful. Our children will need our support now, more than ever.

Until our next update…

We hope that our next report brings news of our re-opened facilities and re-booted activities. For now, please keep yourselves and your families healthy – and be sure to wash your hands!

 
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