COVID-19  Peru Project #26871

Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19

by Instituto Chaikuni
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
Support Indigenous Students in the Face of COVID19
The "canoa cinema" was over a platform.
The "canoa cinema" was over a platform.

Dear Friends and Supporters

We hope this report from the field finds you all well. Although the COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Peru are progressing faster than expected, the indigenous population is a particularly difficult group to reach. This month, however, the government’s vaccination campaign targeted OEPIAP, and 35 young students decided to get their first dose. This situation slowly allows the return to some normality.

In the previous report, we briefly mentioned some of the exciting upcoming activities, such as the "canoa cinema" event and the indigenous women's workshop where the young female students of the OEPIAP were going to participate.

With more than 100 people joining the event and attentively watching the movies from their canoes, the “canoa cinema” was a great success. The young indigenous students who participated as directors, producers, and protagonists in several short films, had the opportunity to present themselves and their products on this extraordinary stage: an outdoor venue in the Belén neighborhood in Iquitos, which at this time of the year is entirely flooded. So, the only way to attend this event was by boat. The students spoke about the importance of making visible the problems faced by the indigenous population, especially young students, and women. The young women, some of whom also made their own short film, took the opportunity to raise their voices about the violence exerted against indigenous women, the prevailing machismo that they experience, and the difficulties that this causes in their current trajectories of studying in the city of Iquitos.

Shortly after this event, June 10to 13, a group of these young female students from the OEPIAP also participated in the empowerment workshop of Indigenous Women's Organizations, organized by the Chaikuni Institute. They were joined by four local women's organizations: Huayna Kana Kamatahuara Kana, Organization of Indigenous Women of the Marañón (ORDEMIM), Association of Indigenous Women of Saramuro (AMISAM) and Federation of Women Artisans of Loreto (FEMIAL), representing a total of 28 indigenous women. The objective of this workshop was to empower these indigenous female leaders on the personal, community and political levels. Shortly after the workshop, OEPIAP’s female students had a presentation meeting with the National Organization of Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Women of Peru (ONAMIAP) in July, where they agreed to hold workshops during the last quarter of this year, creating a growing and ever stronger network of indigenous female leaders.

Furthermore, in July, the OEPIAP held elections for a new board of directors 2021-2023. Two candidate lists were presented, one led by a Ticuna woman, Leonarda Suárez Guerrero. The latter went on to win the elections, becoming the first female president of the organization since its creation in 2003. Our team is assisting the students in the transition process from the old to the new leadership, providing support with formalities and offering organizational training to the new – young and yet unexperienced – board members.

In the end of July, coinciding with the start of classes for the 2021-1 semester of UNAP, the local university, we resumed our reinforcement classes which we continue to this day. In total, Chaikuni has offered 10 Advanced Mathematics sessions, 10 Physics sessions, 20 Basic Mathematics sessions, and 8 Statistics sessions. In addition, 18 Mathematics sessions have been offered for young applicants to the university. We also continue with our constant personal academic monitoring and follow up of the students. As part of our activities to promote micro-entrepreneurship, we furthermore held 5 Business Plans workshops in which 6 indigenous youths participated. Likewise, 2 students, Gimena and Jose, are doing their pre-professional internships in the Permaculture program of our Institute. And finally, accompanied by our team, 2 more young people managed to obtain scholarships over the last three months, resulting in a total of 9 young people from the OEPIAP with scholarships to date.

We couldn´t do all of this without you. Thank you for being a part of this. Thank you for supporting the indigenous students in Iquitos.

With gratitude,

OEPIAP and The Chaikuni Team

Indigenous women painted their ideal world.
Indigenous women painted their ideal world.

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Film workshop with OEPIAPs indigenous students
Film workshop with OEPIAPs indigenous students

Dear Friends and Supporters

Despite the continuously difficult situation throughout Peru caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are somewhat relieved that our country is currently vaccinating people aged between 55-60. This includes the population in the Amazon, and, although it is a little messy and complicated to get vaccinated for many of the villagers in the Amazon, efforts are being made to achieve it.

The young students of the OEPIAP have just finished the second semester of 2020 and are on holidays until July 04 when the next cycle (2021-1) begins. Some of them travelled to their home communities, while others stayed in the student residence. They definitely had a better semester than the previous one, telling us that they are getting used to and coping better with the virtual classes. We hope that this will reflect in their grades.

During the months of January, February and March, the local University (UNAP) held the admission exams for the year 2021. Many young people, newly graduated from high school in their communities, arrived in the city and joined the OEPIAP, with the dream of entering university or a technical institute. According to our data, 58 young people registered for the entry exams, including some that were unable to enter last year. 53 took the exam, of which 20 were admitted to university or a technical college.

Those who did not get admitted returned to their communities and those who enter become official members of the OEPIAP. At the same time, 10 youth who didn´t make the entry exams stayed in the temporary student residence of OEPIAP to prepare for the various pre-university academies.

For the latter, the Chaikuni Institute offered specific tutoring classes in May to support them in their preparation classes, specifically on math subjects. This is in addition to the permanent academic reinforcement classes that we have been offering for the students enrolled in university courses from January throughout May. In total, Chaikuni has provided 13 Advanced Mathematics sessions, 23 Basic Mathematics sessions, 11 Physics sessions, 10 Statistics sessions, 8 Research methodology sessions and individual tutoring, 3 English classes, and a specific Excel training session.

In addition to academic subjects, OEPIAP´s students are currently taking part in a community film workshops, run by "SachaCine" in collaboration with the Chaikuni Institute, in which they will make four short films about different situations faced by indigenous youth. The products will be shared very soon with the students, but also to the public in Iquitos, in a special "canoe cinema" event, where the short films will be presented on a floating platform with a video screen placed in the Itaya River, where it is visible from the shore. It's an innovative idea and we're all eager to participate. You can follow SachaCine on their social media, and we are sure to share a link to the videos in the next report.

From the political realm, we can tell you that we continue with the accompaniment and advice to the board of directors of the OEPIAP. During these last months, meetings were held with UNAP representatives to coordinate the future indigenous student residence. We also organized a visit to the land ceded to the organization with the Contempla N/M Architects to explore the land as a first step to move forward with the design.

As the COVID infection rate goes down and life slowly becomes seemingly more normal, we are sure that our activities will pick up speed over the coming weeks. Many exciting things are ahead, such as a large workshops related to leadership of indigenous women, including OEPIAP´s female students.

As always, we are immensely grateful for your support to the future leaders of the Amazon, and will keep you posted about the developments of our program.

With gratitude,

The Indigenous Students of OEPIAP and The Chaikuni Institute Team

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Dear Friends and Supporters,

We hope you are healthy and safe. Here in Peru, the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be returning more intensely. On January 25th, the Government announced once again strict quarantine measures for some regions of the country, which have seen a stark increase in new COVID infections. Fortunately, the measures for our Loreto region are moderate for now. We sincerely hope that the situation doesn’t get worse.

Due to the pandemic, most indigenous students of the OEPIAP began the first semester of the 2020 academic year in July and finished in December. Despite all the difficulties, as detailed in previous reports, we are happy to let you know that most of the students have been able to improve their academic performance. Of 68 students enrolled in the National University of the Peruvian Amazon (UNAP), 38 approved all their courses and 53 approved the semester. Comparing these results with last year’s, where of 61 UNAP students in total only 21 were able to pass all their courses, it means that almost double the amount of students approved all courses, which is a gratifying progress.

This has been possible thanks to all of your support. The additional intensive tutoring classes that we have been providing have been key for this improvement. Here are some more numbers: Until December, we have held 28 advanced math sessions, 17 physics sessions, 18 statistics sessions -with three hours each-, 41 basic math sessions, 17 oratory sessions and 13 English sessions, two hours each. In total, 53 students have participated in at least one course, many of them in more than one. The general academic improvement and the big interest of the students in the tutoring classes reassure us that our effort is worth it and motivate us to continue and further intensify our support this year.

Last month, the second semester of 2020 started. Several of the indigenous students, who were affected by the pandemic last year, returned to Iquitos and the OEPIAP to continue with their studies. In addition, 30 new indigenous youth arrived to the OEPIAP with the dream to enter one of the institutions that offer higher education in our city. The most popular institution is the UNAP, which so far held two entry exams for 2021. Of 19 indigenous youth who participated, seven passed the exam.

With the second semester of 2020 just begun and many indigenous youth preparing for the entrance exams next month, the year 2021 begins strongly. At the Chaikuni Institute, we want to live up to the demands through reinforcement courses for both those who are already studying and those who require preparation for these exams. We also continue with the individual student accompaniment and monitoring, especially for those who are restarting their studies after an extremely difficult year for them and their families.

On the other hand, as part of the personal development activities, the "Women's Circles" were carried out during the months of October and November. A total of 17 brave and intelligent women participated in these gatherings, addressing issues related to gender-based violence. Many of the participants have themselves been victims of such gender-based violence.

Furthermore, in November, to mark their 18th anniversary, the OEPIAP organized a small conference with local stakeholders, where reflections about the situation of indigenous youth in Iquitos were shared. These kind of activities have been extremely limited over the past year due to the pandemic, but we do hope they will be possible once again in the very near future.

We would once again like to thank you for your vital support during these difficult times and hope you will continue to stand with the indigenous youth of the Peruvian Amazon.

With gratitude,

The Indigenous Students of OEPIAP and the Chaikuni Institute Team.

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Students attending a photography workshop

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We hope your situation -in all the aspects of your life- has improved. Fortunately, the worst part of the Corona pandemic appears to be over here in Iquitos. As you may have read, reports claim that Iquitos is the city with the highest immunity against COVID-19. Research estimates that 70% of the population had contracted the virus. Today, most people go about their life in a completely normal way. Although the state of emergency continues, many restrictions are slowly being lifted.

The public university UNAP, where most of the indigenous students of the OEPIAP are enrolled, started classes on July 1st. However, all classes are strictly virtual. During the first few weeks, this created a chaotic situation: the students had serious difficulties due to a lack of computer skills, and most didn´t have funds to access the internet. At Chaikuni we quickly responded to this situation and purchased five computers, a new printer and ten USB sticks with unlimited Internet, implementing a computer lab. The lab is managed by three students, who are in permanent contact with our team.

A few weeks ago, fortunately, the UNAP handed out internet modems to the students considered as poor or extremely poor by the Peruvian state. Thus, 61 students of the OEPIAP benefited from this support. At the same time, 18 students of OEPIAP were able to get a scholarship from the NGO Chirapaq, which included a personal computer. Furthermore, we have identified eight potential applicants for state scholarships next year and are accompanying them in their application.

If studying under normal circumstances was a challenge, studying “virtually” is even more so, putting many of the indigenous students at risk of dropping out. The terrible internet connection in the Peruvian amazon often doesn´t allow them to properly follow the classes, which is having consequences on their academic performance. Therefore, we started to organized more intense tutoring classes as soon as the situation allowed us to. On July 23rd, the first math class started with twenty OEPIAP students. To date, we offer six reinforcement courses: Basic Math, Advanced Math, Physics, Statistics, Oratory and English. All of them have at least six students enrolled, and, together with the teachers, we continually supervise their performance.

As you can see, at Chaikuni we had to quickly adapt to the new situation created by the pandemic, and so we did. Moreover, over the coming days, we will slightly adjust our project here on the GlobalGiving page to better respond to the current situation.

The students – as we all - also needed a break from the stressful situation of the corona pandemic. To do this, we got back to offering other extra-academic activities such as self-representation, musical creation, photography and video workshops. Most notably are the workshops we co-organized with Radio Ucamara, a local radio station and long-term ally of the Chaikuni Institute.

Always strictly complying with security protocols, a handful of particularly creative students got together and reflected on their experiences during the pandemic, writing lyrics and creating several music videos, singing and rapping in Spanish and their native languages. The videos are available on YouTube (click here). Reflecting on identity, health, gender, and other current issues, these creative workshops increase the artistic (singing, body language, composition) and technical (camera management, production, photo and video editing) skills of the participants, while at the same time stimulating self-reflection, interculturality and friendship.

Finally, OEPIAP reached another great achievement. On August 5th, UNAP signed an agreement to hand over a 13-hectares of land to the students on a long-term lease, with the objective to finally build a permanent student centre for indigenous students in Iquitos. Now, OEPIAP, with our support, is looking for new alliances with private or public institutions to finally build their own residence. While still long ways to go, this is without a doubt a step in the right direction to accomplish their dream, all of it happening during these challenging times.

As always, we thank you so much for your support to the indigenous youth in Iquitos, the future leaders of Peruvian Amazon. We continue our efforts thanks to you. Together we can achieve great things.

With gratitude and optimism,

The Indigenous Students of OEPIAP and The Chaikuni Institute Team

How the students represent the pandemic situation
How the students represent the pandemic situation
Leonardo Tello (Ticuna), director of Radio Ucamara
Leonardo Tello (Ticuna), director of Radio Ucamara
After the lockdown new challenges appeared
After the lockdown new challenges appeared
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Students joining a meeting before emergency state
Students joining a meeting before emergency state

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Wherever you are, we sincerely hope you are healthy and safe. In Peru, the situation the Corona pandemic has caused is serious, particularly in our Amazon region. The government declared a state of emergency and announced strict quarantine measures on March 16, which still largely apply today. Luckily, all the indigenous students of OEPIAP and the team of the Chaikuni Institute are in good health so far.

Fortunately, the Chaikuni Institute was able to offer some support to the 76 young people which currently reside at their temporary student residence, in the form of medicines, cleaning supplies, biosecurity equipment, food and personal hygiene products. A few students, those studying at private universities and institutes, are currently taking online courses. The public University (UNAP) has been evaluating the possibility of starting the following month with non-contact classes. Therefore, we are overseeing the purchase of computers and internet access to respond to this new requirement.

February and March are the months when entry exams to higher education institutions typically occur. Indigenous youth continued to arrive at the OEPIAP for these exams. 38 new youth – including 4 members from the Secoya people, an indigenous group that had never previously been a part of the organization - were registered in the organization’s database during these months, of which 21 entered higher education institutions. Overall, the OEPIAP has seen an increase of new members over the past three years. This also leads to a greater competition for the vacancies of preferential modalities in the public university, specifically concerning the modality for indigenous students. With continuous support and advice from the Chaikuni Institute in negotiations with the UNAP, the OEPIAP achieved that the university increased their vacancies under the preferential modality for indigenous students from 31 to 45, including a place in the department of Medicine, which had never previously been offered.

Despite the lockdown, the students continue to seek new alternatives for a permanent student housing facility. One possibility, a donation of land belonging to the UNAP to establish a permanent residence for indigenous students was discussed, but hasn’t materialized yet. Also, the OEPIAP received support from the Chaikuni Institute in collaborating with the “Plan de Cierre de Brechas del Gobierno” (the Government’s Plan to Close the Gaps). The organization is aligned with indigenous federations and they have participated in meetings on issues that affect the indigenous population in general. They have also established contact with high government authorities seeking support for their goals and aspirations.

Thank you for your constant support to the indigenous youth of the Peruvian Amazon, especially in these difficult times.

With gratitude,

The Indigenous Students of OEPIAP and The Chaikuni Institute Team

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