Save the Children delivered 1200 school kits to adolescents in Huancavelica so they can continue with their classes
School kits were delivered as part of the contingency plan to respond to the COVID19 emergency of the project “Improving the health of mothers and adolescents in the Huancavelica region”.
During October, Save the Children delivered 1,200 school kits to adolescents aged 12 to 17 from the Ccasapata, Condorhuachana, Santa Rosa de Cchopcca, Ccolpaccasa, Chuñunapampa, Ambato, Ccarhuac and Castillapata small towns in the Huancavelica region, in coordination with 9 educational institutions and the community authorities of these areas. The kits, which include notebooks, erasers, pens, color pencils and cleaning supplies, were delivered as part of the contingency and adaptation plan developed by Save the Children – in coordination with the main actors and beneficiaries of the project – to support adolescents continue with their education affected by the pandemic.
“In my community, most of the children do not have notebooks because COVID19 arrived before we could buy the school supplies for our children,” explained Carmen*, a mother from the Condorhuachana small town, in Quechua. “The school kits are going to help us a lot because my children will use this notebook to do their schoolwork. My children will be able to wash their hands with the soap and thus be protected from COVID19,” she added.
“It is here [the notebooks] where we are preparing our portfolios, taking notes, doing our practical work, and using it for our classwork,” said 15-year-old Mateo*, who is in his fourth year of high school in the small town of Ccolpaccasa. “Keep studying. You have to try to learn as much as possible while taking care of your health,” Mateo tells his classmates.
“While delivering the kits, we take advantage of the opportunity to raise awareness among parents and adolescents about the importance of continuing with their studies and not dropping out. To do this, we seek to provide them with the necessary resources,” says Yanina Gonzales, Project Officer for Save the Children.
The project “Improving the health of mothers and adolescents in the Huancavelica region” seeks to ensure access to quality health care for children, adolescents and adolescent mothers and fathers, guaranteeing a healthy start in life for children and contributing to the prevention of adolescent pregnancy. This project is implemented in 8 small towns in the Huancavelica region with the support of the Latin American Children’s Trust – LACT.
* Names were changed as required by the protection policy.