Education  Peru Project #21396

Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru

by Globalteer
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Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
February food delivery in Oropesa
February food delivery in Oropesa

The roller coaster continues in Peru: while the government’s economic reactivation program has allowed some people to go back to work, biweekly changes to the rules create a lack of consistency. As a result, local businesses and the tourism industry have yet to really take off again, so incomes are still irregular. To this end, we have continued delivering food baskets to our families in most need and have delivered 89 food baskets to date. But with the government working to control the spread of the virus and roll out vaccines, things are finally looking up!

The start of the school year

The school year is due to start on March 15th, but it’s still not clear what this means for Picaflor House. Government schools will be offering online learning for at least the next couple of months, but we’re hopeful that the government will give the go ahead for programs offering outdoor play/activities to start operating again, in the next month or so. To be ready for this, we have a plan to invite small numbers of children to come in shifts, so they can at least enjoy some exercise and socially-distanced company in our park, as well as have access to other outdoor activities and a healthy snack!

A little goes even further this week!

Today is the start of GlobalGiving’s Little-by-Little matching campaign! Until Friday, GlobalGiving will 50% match every donation under $50, and will also 100% match any new recurring donations! We know times are hard, but if you do wish to donate, doing so this week will help your generosity to go even further. Please also share this report or our project page with your friends, family and co-workers to help us spread the word!

As ever, thank you for your continued support and everything you do to help improve the education and health of the children of Oropesa!

Example of the food delivered in the baskets
Example of the food delivered in the baskets

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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
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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 are have 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.

Moving Forward

 As we await guidelines from the Peruvian government to let us know when we can open our doors, we are already making sure that we will be able to do so safely, taking best health practices and social distancing into account. As parents are slowly able to return to work, our students may be left at home alone or caring for younger siblings, which is why it is important that we do open our doors as soon as we can.  We hope to have more details for you with our next update.

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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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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The holidays are officially upon us, and the 2019 school year is coming to a close in Peru. Last Friday, the children, teachers, and interns at Picaflor house, as well as the Globalteer Peru staff, gathered to celebrate Christmas and have a bit of year-end fun!

This year at the annual “Chocolatada” – a Peruvian tradition where communities share Panetón (a sweet bread that contains candied fruits) and hot chocolate – the children took turns rotating through different activity stations in groups.  There were Christmas-themed games, holiday card-making, a short movie, and of course everyone got to have their panetón and hot chocolate!

But the highlight of the day though was an appearance made by a special visitor – Papa Noel!  He gave out gifts of new clothes and toys to each of the children, and everyone got to give him a big hug and chat with him about their Christmas wishes. Overall the day was quite a success, filled with smiles, laughter, and excitement for the coming holidays. We’d like to thank our loyal supporters at Southern Crossings in Peru for making this year’s Chocolatata possible!

While the public-school year is wrapping up, Picaflor House will still be up and running over the summer break in January and February, ensuring that the kids in our community still have a safe place to play and learn. We look forward to updating you in a few months about what we’ll have going on in 2020!

Volunteers

We’d like to give a shout out to the volunteers we have had since our last update. A very big thank you to Pam, Tony, Areatha, and Choi! Our work at Picaflor House simply wouldn’t be possible without your assistance and support! Thank you for joining us in Peru!

 Thank you for taking the time to read our update, and as always, thank you for your continued, invaluable support. We wish all of you Happy Holidays and a prosperous new year in 2020!

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