Please help us feed the most vulnerable members of our community in the Sacred Valley of Peru. The region we are supporting spans from the small towns of Huaran & Sillacancha on the Willkamayu river, all the way up to the high mountain indigenous communities, including, Charan, Saywapate, Churu, Taqllapata & Cancha Cancha. We are reaching out to our global community to raise funds to provide essential food supplies to those most in need during this time.
On March 15, Peru declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19, resulting in a military enforced lockdown of the entire country. All external and internal travel halted, most businesses closed, tourists left and residents required to stay home. One of the strictest quarantines in the world, it has been extended four times, and is currently in place until June 30th. There is no clear exit strategy or sense of when the borders will reopen.
We are raising funds to feed 100 families living in our Andean mountain community for the next 3 months, and for 280 families for the three months after that. These are members of our community without access to land to grow their own food, often single moms or the elderly. They are struggling with hunger and malnutrition due to the economic hardships exacerbated by the strict governmental restrictions imposed in COVID-19 Lockdown.
Our target goal is to raise $39,900 dollars, so we can feed 100 families for the next three months (Phase 1), and 280 families for the three months after that (phase 2). A food basket costing $35 dollars feeds a family for a month and $105 feeds a family for three months. ‘De Vecino A Vecino’ is 100% volunteer run collective. All donations go directly to purchasing food from local vendors - supporting the local economy and for the required transport to deliver it.
* Due to the success of this campaign, we have adjusted our target goal to fundraise for phase 2 as well. This will allow us to feed the most vulnerable members of the community for 6 months. This is mapped out and described in more detail on our website .
We are a multicultural group of neighbours, who have found a home in this Andean community, and feel a deep responsibility, desire and urgent need to contribute in whatever way we can. We have seen first-hand the economic and health impact the COVID-19 lockdown is having on the most vulnerable families around us, and we want to ensure that no one in our community struggles with hunger and worries about where their next meal is coming from.
For more information, check out our website , or email us at [email redacted].
Every Dollar Helps Us Feed Our Neighbours in Need! Thank you for your contribution!
- Alvaro Vargas
- Yasmin Kinjo
- Katie Briggs
- Martin Stas
- Branden Collinsworth
Los Altos, CA