March 2020 Covid-19 update from Peru

posted Aug 14, 2020, 8:54 AM by Andrew Mueller
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Updates from Lima & Our 

COVID-19 Response

During the last week of February, I had the opportunity to visit the Center for Development with Dignity in Peru. As with many of my recent visits, I continued to be inspired by the passion and dedication of our staff and the joy that free summer break programming brings to the young people that show up each day to the community center. I had the chance to meet with a group of mothers as well as local leaders who are continuing to organize and make progress on development initiatives like paved roads, community safety, and the revitalization of La Encantada's central park. In addition Ana María Mejía, was elected president of the board in Peru and is now officially assuming the role of community center Director.

The update I was planning to share with you following my visit looked very different than the message I am sending today.  Below is a timeline of events in Peru:

March 6th | The COVID-19 pandemic reached Peru with the first case.
March 12th | By national decree, all schools in Peru were ordered closed, initially through March 29th. The Center for Development with Dignity, during the final week of summer programming, closed its doors for the safety of staff and students.
March 15th | Peru declares state of emergency, closes its borders, and launches the campaign #YoMeQuedoEnCasa urging people to stay home.
March 18th | Nation-wide curfew is put in place between 8:00pm - 5:00am

As of today, March 21, Peru has a total of 318 confirmed cases and is tracking onto the same trend as countries such as Spain (the grey line in the logarithmic graph below):


Our Response

As with many organizations around the world, Building Dignity's first priority is our people. First and foremost, we have communicated with part-time and salaried staff and will ensure full employment and pay throughout the crisis even while programming is on pause. 

We have also been in regular contact with Ana Maria as well as with Martha and the family. Currently, all are in good spirits, healthy, and staying home. As an organization that is based on the foundation of community-led development, we are following the guidance of our staff and community leaders on how best to respond to emergent community needs. Consistent with our ten year history of work in Villa El Salvador, as needs are articulated by the community, we are prepared to divert resources accordingly. 

If you are able, please make a financial gift.
We also recognize that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting you. If you are in a position of being able to help, please consider a donation today. We plan to not only respond to the current crisis but also ensure that we are ready to continue programming once the community center is able to open again. 

Thank you for your continued support. 


Andrew Mueller
Board Member
Co-founder, Building Dignity
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