PCF created an Emergency Aid Program in response to COVID-19, giving out food baskets, masks, and hygienic products to families and/or those most vulnerable to the virus. We have provided donations and resources to those in need in the community who are unable to leave their home due to the outbreak, and donated face masks to other organizations as well as provided video tutorials on our social media on how to make them at home.
During the pandemic, education has been extremely limited for many Peruvian students due to not having internet access to participate in distance learning. The Peruvian government provided classes both via radio and online with their "Aprendo en Casa" or "I Learn at Home" program. This is how most children were expected to learn through the end of the year.
Yet, internet services are prohibitively expensive for most families, and in the mountainous region of the Sacred Valley, they were unable to get a radio signal.
This means that in order to learn, families spent 2-3 hours walking up a mountain with their children just to get a radio signal and most kids are too exhausted for learning by the time they reach the top. The cost to provide internet installation with an antenna and router along with monthly payments for one year is approximately $900.00 USD. This is for one router installed in a communal area of the village where the children convene for their studies. Though not ideal, this is far more accessible than a daily hike up a mountain for a radio signal.
Peruvian Cultural proudly contributed one of the top donations for the Sacred Valley's goal of raising $10,000 USD to provide internet services to 11 villages for one year.
After a long and difficult year through the COVID-19 pandemic, Peruvian Cultural Festival decided to give back to the communities that inspired us to continue sharing our culture throughout the years.
Baskets of food, basic necessities, and the infamous Peruvian tradition Pannetone were given out to numerous families in the Historic District of Caraballo, Peru by our PCF staff.
Peruvian Cultural Festival and our team reached the streets of Lima, Peru around Christmas time at the end of the year 2020.
The Hogar Clínica San Juan de Dios de Lima and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú - PUCP elaborated a panettones fundraiser whose sale helped cover part of the physical therapy treatment of hundreds of children with very few economic resources throughout the following year. PCF was pleased to contribute to this cause by purchasing a batch of these panettones, as this acquisition was made to be distributed among some of the countless people who suffered due to the public health crisis in the country.
We brought this project to life in Lima, along with other food and medical supplies among others. Furthermore, in the city of Abancay, PCF acquired panettones from small local businesses to deliver them there and in the province of Chincheros.
The Municipality of Lima created the Adopta Una Olla (Adopt a Pot) campaign to support vulnerable Peruvian families in areas disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Peru faced a tough economic crisis in which many families lost their jobs, making it more difficult for them to buy food. Because of this, local communities banded together to create "ollas comunes", which translates to "communal pots" or soup kitchens, and are small local organizations of families from the same neighborhood who pool their money to buy food for everyone. While "ollas comunes" were able to feed more people, food remained scarce.
Through #AdoptaUnaOlla, Peruvian Cultural Festival was able to donate enough funds to supply food for over 200 families in Chosica, Peru being fed by the Luz y Esperanza communal kitchen.