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The biggest news this month is that after two long years, Peru's schools are finally open! It seems like Peru breathed a sigh of relief, as schools around the country came back to life this month. 

Cambodia

Helping Hands and the Sports project in Cambodia have been in full swing since the beginning of the year. Children are attending school and the Helping Hands School every day and sports is back to being part of our daily offering. The sports programme is also restarting its rural outreach programme, taking coaches and equipment to local schools. And volunteers and interns are slowly starting to return to our projects in Southeast Asia!

Peru

Picaflor House has been offering a holiday programme since January, and has finally returned to normal operations towards the end of this month. Children are catching back up with their schoolwork and remembering what it's like to be in a classroom! Our new outreach programme - the Picaflor House Mobile Library - has really taken off. We are currently helping 90 children from 5 to 14 years old in 5 rural villages to re-engage with formal education. The PAWS Mobile Veterinary Clinic has coniniued its routine check ups and sterilisation programme, and we have extended our education programme as well. We are running dog training sessions with a small group of dogs and their owners, to teach people what their dogs are capable of and improve standards of care for animals. We've had a steady stream of interns and volunteers in Peru since January and more on the books for the coming months.

Empowering Rural, Peruvian Girls and Young Women

We have long been aware that girls and women in rural Peru don’t have the same opportunities as boys and men. Our Women’s Empowerment project works to address this by helping women gain financial independence through guinea pig farming. But recent community visits have left us wondering if we can do more. Earlier this month, our intern Georgia and other team members, ran a focus group with teenage girls in one of the communities. This aimed to find out more about their experiences and what support they need.  As a result, we have identified a need for girls-only spaces in these communities. These spaces will offer girls and young women opportunities to explore different activities, form relationships with one another, express their concerns and find ways to address issues they face. Based on Georgia’s research, the Globalteer team will work on getting a project up and running in the next few months. 

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Helping Hands Cambodia children saying thank you!
Helping Hands Cambodia children saying thank you!

Despite all the continued uncertainty in the world, our projects have been able to move forward at last in Peru and Cambodia. 2021 has been another tough year, but as it draws to a close, everything seems to be taking steps in the right direction!

CAMBODIA

The biggest news in the last month is that our Helping Hands School in Cambodia has finally reopened! The school is offering a full schedule of academic reinforcement sessions, English classes, art sessions, nutritious meals, health and hygiene lessons and other support. Our key focus for the coming year has to be on helping the children catch up academically. Schools have been closed for the best part of the last year, so most children have fallen significantly behind. Luckily, our dedicated team is on hand to help get them back on track!

With schools reopening, our Sports Programme is back in full swing now too! The children are happy to be back to a normal routine of PE lessons, games and training drills. Our coaches have been working on their own fitness, as well as sports knowledge and skills, over the last few months so they have lots of new tricks up their sleeves.

PERU

Picaflor House continues to operate on a reduced schedule, as the government has yet to provide clear guidelines about a blanket reopening of schools. We do expect his to happen at the start of the coming academic year (in March 2022) though. Even on a reduced timetable, children are still getting a couple of hours every day at the project, to receive support with their homework and have time to play or do some craft projects. With the rainy season approaching, we are having to move more activities inside and this will be facilitated with the building of new classrooms. We received a grant that will cover the materials and construction costs of two of the planned classrooms and we are about to break ground!

We are looking forward to expanding the reach of Picaflor House’s education programme, with the launch of our Mobile Library! Thanks to the fundraising efforts of our dedicated supporters, we have been able to purchase a vehicle which will start taking books, qualified teachers and other learning resources out to five of the rural villages around Cusco. We will be ready to set off at the beginning of January, to help get the children ready for their return to school.

Having learnt a lot about our communities over the last 8 months, through our visits with the PAWS programme, we have realised that animal welfare needs to be the key priority for next year. We're restructuring the project so that we can continue providing all-important veterinary care and neutering surgeries, but also focus more on helping owners understand what their pets need to be healthy and happy.

TRAVEL UPDATE

Most countries are starting to open borders and lift travel restrictions - even in the light of new variants - so we are able to welcome volunteers to our own initiatives and most partner projects. We already have three interns booked to arrive within the next month and volunteers are starting to book in again too!

 

A huge Thank You for your support, especially through such a tough year. We hope that the rest of 2021 is filled with positivity and joy and that 2022 brings new opportunities for everyone. Happy Holidays!

Arts and crafts at Picaflor House
Arts and crafts at Picaflor House
Sports drills at Helping Hands
Sports drills at Helping Hands
One of the rescued puppies and his owner
One of the rescued puppies and his owner

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The mobile library creates access to books

With mass vaccination programs starting to take effect in the US, the UK and Europe, life has been returning to "normal" and it’s easy to think that the pandemic is “over”. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for the countries we work in. However, things are looking up, especially in Peru and we’ve been able to continue supporting our communities in both countries.

 

Peru

Despite a slow start with vaccinations in Peru, case numbers have been dropping consistently for a while now, and the government has changed the rules to give people more freedom, while maintaining distancing and mask usage. That means that we've been able to do much more in the communities again!

Picaflor House: These last few months were busy for Picaflor House! We had to move to a new property, as the family we’ve been renting from for the last 10 years weren’t able to extend our lease any further. We were sad to leave, but the new place is bigger and has more space for the children to play and for us to expand! Schools are still closed, but outdoor activities are allowed to operate, so having built a toilet block and roofed outdoor space, we were finally able to invite our children back to Picaflor House! For safety reasons, the children are coming for two hours at a time, in groups of 20. While longer would, of course, be better, it’s enough time for the kids to let off some steam in the playground and get some help with their homework from our teachers.

Picaflor House Mobile Library: We realized that there is a need for education outreach in many of the rural communities outside Cusco. Not only are schools closed, but most families in these places don’t have computers or internet and home (and some villages don’t even have mobile data!) so receiving and handing in homework has been difficult. We ran a pilot mobile library day back in May, to take books, teachers and other learning resources to children in two rural villages and it was a roaring success. We are now seeking funds to set up a permanent mobile library, which will offer access to books and help children catch up with school, while schools are still closed, as well as once they open again.

PAWS Mobile Veterinary Clinic: This project has been fully operational since April and our team has been hard at work. We continued registering animals and delivering basic healthcare, as well as starting our neutering program. By the end of our first quarter in July, we had registered and administered routine treatments to 1,376 animals, administered 180 vaccine doses and sterilized nearly 100 dogs and cats. We have now started revisiting animals for their second quarterly health checks and treatments, while continuing to neuter as many animals as possible. Read more in our quarterly report (link below).

 

Cambodia

While Cambodia has made a great start to its vaccination program, with 45% of the population now vaccinated, the country is still struggling to control case numbers. Case numbers are particularly high in rural areas, where vaccination programs are yet to really take off. The safety of our children, their families and the community is our main priority, as always, but we have been finding safe ways to continue supporting them.

For most of this time, we’ve been able to invite the Helping Hands students to school in small groups, so they can pick up homework packets and have a quick workout with the sports team. Our sports field is big enough that 20 children can exercise while maintaining distancing protocols and mask usage. Our team has also been able to continue the food program, either having a cooked breakfast ready for the children when they arrive to pick up their homework, or sending them home with fresh fruit and vegetables from our garden, along with other nutritious supplies.

We were also able to distribute this year’s school uniforms, so everyone’s ready once the schools eventually open. Concern was mounting about the additional waste created by disposable masks, so we also made sure all our students have reusable fabric ones.

Patience is proving to be a virtue everywhere - but particularly in Cambodia - and everyone is maintaining good spirits and making the best of things.

 

Thank you for your continued support of Globalteer's project around the world!

Helping Hands students ready for school!
Helping Hands students ready for school!
Pre-op checks for a female dog ready to be spayed
Pre-op checks for a female dog ready to be spayed
Younger children play games at Picaflor House
Younger children play games at Picaflor House

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Ready for breakfast at Helping Hands!

The last three months have been something of a mixed bag for Globalteer, with rules changing regularly both in Peru and Cambodia. It has been most difficult for our community and education projects, but we have been doing what we can, whenever we can. And thankfully, rules in Peru eased enough that we were able finally to re-start our animal welfare project activities! Read the more below…

 

CAMBODIA

Helping Hands: After Helping Hands opened its doors again in January, we were over the moon to welcome our students back, including 52 new ones! We introduced gardening lessons for our older students this year, so they can learn how to look after the land and grow crops. They started off by planting long bean, chili and eggplant in our on-site garden, which is looking amazing! Our Child Protection Program also kicked off again, offering child safety lessons to children of all ages, so they can learn to keep themselves safe.

Sports Program: As well as welcoming the Helping Hands children back to the sports field, we were able to start our outreach program, taking sports to children in six primary schools in the area. Cambodian children don’t generally have access to sport at school, so they really enjoyed the new activities and challenges. With the support of our donors, we were also able to purchase new equipment to keep our sessions varied, entertaining and, of course, fun!

More Closures: However, after the initial high of 2021, a new outbreak of Covid-19 sadly caused the Cambodian government to close schools once again in March. With case numbers still on the increase, we aren’t sure when we will be able to open again, but we are ready and waiting to get going as soon as we can!

 

PERU

Picaflor House: Peru’s children were more than ready to return to school when the academic year started in mid-March, but continued high case numbers meant in-person classes were postponed further. Our kids are home-schooling again, so our teachers are back on the phones to support them in whatever way they can. The government is reassessing if rural schools can return to face-to-face classes soon, and if this gets approved, we will jump at the chance to invite smaller groups of kids to Picaflor House for shorter amounts of time. The teachers have identified that support with schoolwork and internet access are the children’s most pressing needs, and of course, the sooner the children can play in our playground and take part in sports or outside activities, the better!

Women’s Empowerment: With the return of restrictions after the end of year holidays, we haven’t been able to make further progress with our Women’s Empowerment project for now. However, GlobalGiving’s International Women’s Week campaign did give us a boost, as we raised almost $650 for the project! We’re excited to be able to use this money to help more women become financially independent, as soon as possible.

PAWS Animal Welfare: We are thrilled to announce that the PAWS mobile clinic is up and running again! Our brand-new veterinary team (Joel, the head vet; Anally, the vet’s assistant; and Alan, the driver/admin assistant) have been visiting the rural villages around Cusco since the beginning of April. They have visited five villages so far, and have carried out initial health checks and basic treatments for over 800 dogs and cats. We have had great uptake from the villagers and already have some dogs signed up for sterilizations, that we hope to be able to start in early May.

 

Whatever the next few months bring, we hope to be able to share more progress and good news with you soon. For now, all that remains is to say a huge THANK YOU to you, our wonderful supporters!

If you would like to help us continue our work, please make a donation via our project page and share our page with your family and friends!

Oso at his first check up with the PAWS vets
Oso at his first check up with the PAWS vets
We hope to see smiling faces at Picaflor soon!
We hope to see smiling faces at Picaflor soon!

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Helping Hands Cambodia students
Helping Hands Cambodia students

2020 was an unusual year for the entire world, and while all of Globalteer’s projects were affected, we were still able to positively impact our communities through our work. Here is a brief update on our projects worldwide and some things we are looking forward to in the coming year.

 

Cambodia

Sports Programme:

Because Covid-19 cases are low in Cambodia, we have been able to keep our sports programme up and running while keeping proper hygiene protocols in place, which has been a great morale booster for our students. This month, we welcomed our new Sports Project Manager, Jared! Jared is well-known around Siem Reap as “the frisbee guy," as he organizes weekly games of ultimate frisbee, open to all members of the community. He can also speak Khmer, the official language of Cambodia, which is a great asset. We are excited for the new skills and enthusiasm Jared brings to the table and look forward to developing our programme further with his leadership.

HHC Project

Helping Hands Cambodia school continues operating regular classes, per our last update. Because of Covid-related delays, the new school year will now start in February, rather than November as normal. With our sights set on a fruitful 2021, we are hoping to recruit 50 new students for the start of the school year. Spreading the word amongst the community and helping families with the applications is crucial to meeting that goal. Our team is hard at work, making home-visits to the families of prospective new students. We can’t wait to welcome some shining new faces!

 

Peru

Picaflor House:

Although Picaflor House’s doors are still closed due to Covid restrictions, the Peruvian government is estimating that they will re-open schools in March of this year. 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. Picaflor’s staff will continue the monthly delivery of food packages to our families most in need!

PAWS:

Although our PAWS work was on hold for the majority of 2020, we are coming into 2021 with renewed energy and a hopeful outlook for the coming year. We have plans to get the ball (and our mobile veterinary clinic) rolling, with our dog welfare campaigns as soon as we are able, bringing desperately needed healthcare to the dogs in the rural villages where we work around Cusco. We are also in the process of hiring a permanent veterinarian and veterinary assistant to work with our team full-time over the course of the next year, which will be an important step for us. Stay tuned for more 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!

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New Sports Project Manager - Jared
New Sports Project Manager - Jared
Street Dogs in Cusco
Street Dogs in Cusco
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