A mechanic, a construction helper, a toy refurbisher, and a building security guard. Joaquin, Leonardo, Karina, and Juan. What do they have in common? Unfortunately, all are currently without work due to closures for the COVID-19 crisis and are struggling to make ends meet. Each of their incomes has been reduced to zero for nearly a month.
Before these closures times were already difficult in Tultitlán and Lomas de San Isidro, where Amextra has worked with families since 2009 and 2006, respectively. In Tultitlán, most families were living previously on a mere $4,500 pesos ($200 US dollars) per month, an amount that in many cases has dropped to zero, or even into negative numbers as expenses overcome even the small savings and emergency sources of income family may have had.
Our normal services of formal education, book clubs, English classes and psychological accompaniment in Tultitlán and Lomas de San Isidro to have all been suspended for the time being in response to COVID-19. What families most need now is help reaching their basic needs, and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in their family and their community.
After conducting a diagnostic in the communities, Amextra has decided to provide three types of support for families:
- Provide food packages to 140 families
- Provide hygiene kits to 100 families
- Include verified information about Covid-19 to the families in the form of paper handouts and on social media.
Our hope is that this support provides not only an economic relief but also emotional relief from the stress caused by the lack of work and alarming rumors about the virus. We completed are first delivery to families from April 17-24, and currently preparing for the second delivery later this month.
Donations to this project at this time will be used for these current needs. We appreciate you being a part of our community and will be sharing updates on the effects of COVID-19 in Tultitlán through these quarterly reports on GlobalGiving as well as on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages (You can find us at @AmextraOficial on Twitterand Facebook, and @AmextraMex on Instagram)
Wishing you the best,
Stephanie and the entire Amextra team