At the beginning of March 2020, Peru’s President Vizcarra declared a Corona emergency in Peru, which is being extended time and again. Meanwhile there is a total curfew in the whole country until probably 10.5.2020, which of course also affects our project. There are no traffic connections in the country, private cars are only allowed to drive with special permission. People who were travelling and wanted to return to their home towns are stranded everywhere and have to observe quarantine periods. This leads to chaotic conditions in the larger cities, as the stranded often have no accommodation and have to spend the night in public parks outdoors.
At the moment there are 26 boys and 16 girls in our project, some registered students have stayed with their parents. The staff is complete except for the educational director who is stranded in Huancayo. The director is the only one who is allowed to go to Oxapampa twice a week to run errands.
The schools organize online lessons for the students 2-3 hours a day, they are supported by their supervisors. Despite these unusual difficulties, the atmosphere among the students is good, but everyone is still waiting for things to normalize.