After a year of pandemic with quarantines and immobilizations and with the struggle of the Peruvian government and people to fight corona and obtain oxygen for patients in accordance with government regulations, the second wave of the pandemic is now coming to an end as contamination levels are declining. Across the country, despite the fact that new variants of the coronavirus have already been found in Peru, the purchase of large numbers of vaccines is a great relief for the population. Peru is now making strong progress with immunization as it is important to protect the population. From the month of July, people over 50 and 40 will be vaccinated.
Adapted project activities
At the project, we will continue the educational activities in small groups, at appropriate times and in strict compliance with the biosafety protocols. During these adapted project activities, the children come in the morning to carry out their school tasks and assignments and to use the internet, the printer and the computers. The older children in secondary education also come to the project in the morning to follow their lessons via the internet. We collected headphones for them so that they can each follow their lesson individually and as much as possible independently and carry out their homework. In addition, they can also do the necessary research on the laptops or consult books from our library. In the afternoon, the children can return to participate in remedial activities with reinforcement exercises for math and communication. Unfortunately, we are still unable to do recreational activities such as going to the park or playing games due to the health and biosafety protocols we have to follow.
In Peru, there are 193,230 cases of deaths from Covid-19 according to the Ministry of Health. Fortunately, within the group of children and their families, we have not heard of any family loss, nor have we had any contamination in the children.
Fortunately, we have not had any covid contamination among the employees of the team, but our employees have suffered a lot of losses in family. On and off work, we take great care to comply with all biosafety protocols and take care of our health.
These moments are emotionally difficult for many children. We try to give them the emotional support they don’t have at home and we work so that the project is their second home where they can receive all the love and support from the whole team. The older children in particular indicate that they miss their friends and classmates and the social moments very much and that they find it difficult to cope with this. At the project, we pay extra attention to this by entering into a conversation and through some adapted activities that are geared to their age and where they can express their concerns.
Now that the situation is improving in Peru due to the progress with vaccinations, there is also good news! All archaeological sites and interesting sights have reopened and you can visit them without any problem. Domestic tourism in particular is thriving at the moment and we are seeing tourists again from all over the world. Is Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world, on your wish list? That is now possible again!
Would you like to travel to Peru? Or come and do volunteer work or an internship abroad in the project? Then you can always contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org!