Can you help me with a micro-project that I am doing? After watching the documentary “Living on a Dollar a Day” (https://youtu.be/TBjoQi1p21Q) I decided to go to Guatemala on a trip my friend Jennifer had organized and found that yes, most families lived on under $2/day and that resources in this community are slim and difficult to come by. There are no social services programs, no food stamps, no Medicaid, or housing assistance and most organizations that make a difference are run by non profits or locals and for all the problems that we face in the United States we are so fortunate to have these safety nets. Right now, the people in San Marcos La Laguna are especially suffering due to the lack of tourism that had been the backbone of their economy, to the point that an article was recently written about the their town and the nutrition non profit Konajel that I support. Because of Covid19 the economy has crashed completely and people are flying white flags from their windows in any attempt to get food. (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-03/coronavirus-restrictions-guatemala-collapse-informal-economy/12307508). While the government. Has authorized payments to its citizens you are not eligible if you are unemployed or a informal worker (77% of the population).
Yesterday I talked with my friend Edwin runs a pizza restaurant on the one tourist street in San Marcos. We have been talking about how we could help and as a small token, I bought 10 pizzas from him that he delivered to people in his neighborhood. I am hoping to find people who may be able to help me fund a larger effort. He thinks eggs and corn could be delivered, and I have decided that the best way to provide a sustainable food source would be to get laying hens for as many families as we could. Our goal is to provide 5 hens for each family in need. These 5 hens will produce about 3650 eggs over the course of the next two years and will provide families with a reliable protein source. A donation of $25 will cover the cost of the hens for 1 family. Edwin has said that he will pick them up (no small task as it involves taking a boat across the lake, riding a chicken bus to get to the live animal market, loading up the chickens and returning back by boat and then, since the terrain is steep and volcanic, he will have to make multiple trips by tuk tuk up the mountain). Eddy & I will cover his expenses, so all of the donation money will go directly to purchasing the hens.
I know that for many right now things are really tight, but I know that others in the US have been blessed with an extra $600 a week in Pandemic unemployment or are doing ok. If you can help, I promise 100% of your money will go towards this project and I will share any pictures that Edwin takes with you as well
Thank you for helping
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