But since the COVID-19 crisis started we have not been able to open neither our health and dental clinic nor our learning center due to restrictions from the Guatemalan government in order to prevent the virus from spreading too fast all over the country.
In the Western World social distancing might be something doable for a short period of time, especially with government programs in place. But in Guatemala, as well as in many other poor countries, not being able to leave your house to go to work literally means no food on the table.
Guatemala already had the sixth highest malnutrition rate (47%) worldwide before the crisis started. Now, after several weeks of being stuck at home and no end to the travel ban in sight our biggest concern is to feed as many of our scholarship students` and patients’ families as possible until they are allowed to go out and find work again to provide for their families. The average family has 5 to 6 children and often times elderly people to take care of.
Due to the generous support of some individual donors we have already been able to supply food (rice, beans, pasta, oil, vitamins, etc.) for about a week to 57 of our scholarship students’ families and to 68 of our patients’ families. But there are many more on the waiting list that need to be fed in the upcoming weeks or months. Our committed staff makes sure to deliver the food packages to the doorstep of each family, taking all the necessary safety and health measurements for everyone involved.
So, please consider donating to help our families. Every little bit counts! We really appreciate your time and commitment to help us provide food to the most vulnerable families!
- Jack Coleman
- Erin Milburn
- Jack Coleman
- Susan Attermeier
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