An update on the College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of people around the globe; Bolivia is no exception. The Bolivian government has responded with a series of growing restrictions in recent weeks. On March 12th, the Bolivian government suspended all classes at schools and universities nationwide. Students from the UAC-CP were sent home the following day and will stay there until further notice.
Due to travel restrictions closing all borders and prohibiting most transportation within Bolivia, there are about 21 staff, including UAC-CP General Director Jose Luis Beltran, in Carmen Pampa. Although they are currently unable to return to their homes and families, they are safe and healthy, and continue to work and make the best of these circumstances.
Carmen Pampa Fund’s executive committee remains in close contact with José Luis Beltran. He is focused on ensuring the students are well served by coordinating with Catholic University in La Paz and deploying on-line instruction for the rest of the academic year. Generally, that is working well, although it has obvious limits. We will be working with the College to try to find solutions.
We have not yet sorted out the economic impact that this situation will have on the College. I expect it will be challenging. But we are working together to find the best way to support the College and all those connected with our mission. We will keep you posted.
Finally, we wish the entire CPF community — from our friends in Bolivia to the US and beyond — strength and health during this difficult time. We will continue to provide updates on the College’s and CPF’s activities.