Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia

by Globalteer
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia
Empower Vulnerable Children in Peru and Cambodia

Hello everyone, 

Thank you so much for all your help and the generous donations you have made to help our projects in both Cambodia and Peru. We could not continue doing the important work in these communities without the overwhelming support of our volunteers and donors. So, a huge thank you from all of us here at Globalteer!

We just wanted to update you on the continued success of our project to Empower Vulnerable Children. 

In Cambodia:

By this point, most of our teachers are experienced with our policies and have received ample training in this area. Recently, our Helping Hands school in Cambodia has traslated our Child Protection Policy into Khmer. This was then distributed to the teachers and discussed during staff meetings. Next, the head teacher followed up with each individual instructor to ensure a perfect understanding of the material and answer any remaining questions. For new employees, we have planned new teacher training sessions for the coming months. Best practices in Child Protection will be a feature of those sessions to ensure comlete safety for our educational environment. 

In Peru:

In the same manner, our program in Peru has taken on the task of translating our full Child Protection Policy into Spanish to distribute among the staff. The head of our school managed this project and then trained the teachers in child protection procedures. In this way, we can ensure every teacher at each school understands the material in his or her own native language. 

GlobalGiving Bonus Day: 

We also wanted to let you know about July Bonus Day through GlobalGiving. On July 20th, and only July 20th, GlobalGiving is matching any donation of $100 or more! $100-$500 gifts are matched at 30%, $500-$750 donations at 40%, and $750-$1000 amounts recieve a 50% match. We already have pledges that get us off to a good start and we are looking for more! We have already raised a good amount toward our goals in both countries from your support. The benefit of giving on this day is that, in contrast to your past donations, now your gifts raise more money on their own! 

If you have any questions about the projects, Bonus Day, or our organization, please don't hesitate to reach out to us! My name is Daniel Mullins. I am the new Director of Development (over donations, donors, and fundraising). My email is below and I would love to hear from you about why you've donated to these projects, and what we can do to keep you more informed. Looking forward to hearing from you! 

 

Gratefully, 

Daniel Mullins

 

Daniel Mullins

Director of Development

Daniel@globalteer.org

 

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Computer safety lessons at Picaflor House
Computer safety lessons at Picaflor House

With 2022 well underway, we are planning how to restart our Child Protection programme again. Schools in Cambodia are fully open, and Peru looks like it will follow suit once the summer vacation finishes, so we are excited about what this will bring!

Cambodia

Schools in Cambodia opened at the end of last year and classes are now back in full swing, both at state schools and our own Helping Hands. However, focus has been on academic subjects, sports and extra-curricular activities for now, to help children get back into a routine and catch up with schoolwork. As the situation settles, our teams are working on plans to reintegrate the child safety modules back into regular scheduling.

Peru

Schools in Peru are closed for summer vacation, but the government has been heavily promoting vaccination of school-aged children. The hope is that in-person classes will start again next month. In the meantime, Picaflor House continues offering 2-hour sessions of education support to 20 pupils at a time. Although the Child Safety Module hasn’t yet been reintegrated into the Picaflor House timetable yet – for the same reasons as in Cambodia – we do have a special programme happening in March.

Volunteers Joanne Steinberg and Jorge Delrio will be joining us at Picaflor House next month, to run a workshop about video game addiction and internet safety. Joanne and Jorge are a husband-and-wife team, experienced in promoting the safe use of internet and helping Latin American communities to combat the problem of online gaming addiction. They will deliver training sessions to our staff team, parents and the children of Picaflor House. These workshops help people recognize the signs of gaming addiction and learn how to prevent/combat it, as well as promoting safe use of the internet. The Picaflor House team has coordinated with the Municipal Government, so these workshops will also be offered to the wider community, through the local school and health center.

 

We understand that in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, protecting our children is even more important than ever. We are excited about the possibilities of 2022 and will update you soon!

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Schools are still closed in both Peru and Cambodia, so we are still unable to run this program at the moment. That said, things are looking up and we are hopeful that we will be able to pick up where we left off, soon!

Peru

Although our Picaflor House project in Peru is open at last, it is operating at reduced capacity and the focus is on helping the children catch up with schoolwork and giving them a chance to play. Cusco’s regional government extended the vaccination offering to 12 to 19 year-olds last month, based on the logic that the sooner children are vaccinated, the quicker they can go back to school. No official announcements have been made, but the last few weeks have seen many schools opening at least one day a week to students. Individual schools are making their own decisions at the moment, but we hope this indicates a move towards blanket reopening soon!

Cambodia

Cambodia has made giant leaps with their vaccination program, with 76% of the population now fully vaccinated. Certain areas – including Siem Reap province – have been on lockdown again for several weeks, so schools are still closed, as is our Helping Hands project. However, things are starting to open up again and there are rumors of schools reopening next month!

 

Even when schools do reopen, initial focus will need to be on helping children get back up to speed academically. We will continue to discuss safety with children and can’t wait to get the formal program back on track and expanded to schools and other villages, as well as our projects.

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Internet safety is one aspect of child protection
Internet safety is one aspect of child protection

Ongoing school closures in Peru and Cambodia continue to limit our access to students and postpone our Child Protection program. However, there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel in Peru at least!

Peru

While Covid-19 restrictions have eased somewhat over the last few months, schools remain closed. Activities that can take place outdoors are now allowed, so we are hoping to open the outdoor spaces of our Picaflor House after school center soon, including a covered outdoor area where children will be able to read and study. We are also starting a new Mobile Library, that will take books, learning materials and qualified teachers to rural communities on a regular basis, to try to stimulate children academically and stop them falling further behind; the mobile library will be a great new avenue for our Child Protection Project too.

Although delivery of the Child Safety module won’t be at the top of the agenda at either Picaflor House or the Mobile Library to begin with, we will be able to start having safety discussions with the children again. As activities progress and schools start to re-open, we will return to regular scheduling of the Child Safety lessons. The Mobile Library gives us a great opportunity to reach more children in the wider Cusco area, allowing us to deliver the lessons in a number of different communities, not just at Picaflor House!

Cambodia

Cambodia had been controlling the Covid-19 outbreak very well until the beginning of this year, but since the end of February, case numbers have been consistently on the rise. This has unfortunately meant more school closures and further postponement of this project.

Despite the slow progress caused by the pandemic, we’ll still need your help to deliver this program when things return to normal. Ensuring our children are safe will always be a main priority for us at Globalteer.

Thank you for your continued support of our work to empower children!

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Volunteers help teach children how to stay safe
Volunteers help teach children how to stay safe

With the Covid-19 pandemic taking an upswing in the last few months around the world, we are having to postpone our Child Protection program further. Without schools being open, we don’t have consistent access to students, and the priority for most government agencies, schools and teachers at the moment is trying to maintain children’s basic education.

 

Peru

Towards the end of 2020, things were looking, with restrictions being loosened and life heading back towards “normal”. Schools were not among services that reopened though, as we went straight into the summer vacation! We were hopeful that schools – including our own Picaflor House – would be allowed to open again at the start of 2021 school year in March, so that we could really push this program forward. However, this is looking less and less likely, as Peru has been tightening restrictions again. We will continue monitoring the situation and will be ready to go when we are able to open the doors to Picaflor House again. We have also started conversations with the local government, with the ultimate goal of rolling out the Child Protection modules in schools across Cusco.

 

Cambodia

After schools reopened in September, an increase in Covid-19 cases in Cambodia, led to new closures and countrywide restrictions during the second half of November and December. We were able to welcome students back on site in January and government schools have started up again. However, educators’ efforts are mostly directed towards helping children readjust to the classroom and catch up academically, after more than 6 months off school.

 

Children in particular have faced many unprecedented challenges in the last year and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. We know that it is more important than ever that we get back to helping empower children to protect themselves, and your support will help us to do this!

 

Please keep in mind the upcoming Little-by-Little Campaign which will run from 8th to 12th March. GlobalGiving will 50% match every donation under $50 received during that week, and will also 100% match any new recurring donations! We know times are hard, but if you do wish to donate, doing so between 8th and 12th March will help your generosity to go even further!

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