Jan 25, 2021

Help long term vulnerable communities of Bogota

Food donation in USME locality the 23/10/2020
Food donation in USME locality the 23/10/2020

In the beginning of January, the number of new COVID infections increased which led policy-makers to implement new measures in the city as it has been placed on the red alert with reduced mobility. These measures have real impacts on the food security of the most vulnerable ones, many of them have had almost a year without any formal or steady incomes. During the last six months, Proyectar Sin Fronteras continued its food baskets donations in the south of Bogotá.

 

In order to respond to the increasing needs, we carried out 8 distributions that provide food for 2 weeks for 371 families. The baskets we donate are composed by dry goods as lentils, beans and rice, oil, sugar, pasta, eggs and fresh fruits and vegetables for a total of 17 kg of food. In addition to that, we included hygiene products as toilet paper, soap and toothpaste to the basket to allow these communities to have a more decent lifestyle.

By virtue of our partnerships with others local foundations, we had been able to collect clothes, kids toys and even menstrual cups donations during this campaign. We like to give special thanks to Buena Vibra Collective and Lamismagentefilm for their support in these activities.

Thanks to our GlobalGiving generous community and in particular to a generous donation we received, we are able to continue and increase the donations in the beginning of the 2021 year. In this upcoming campaign we will help communities that are located in the centre of Bogotá and in Ciudad Bolivar locality. We aim to donate over 300 baskets in the upcoming 6 months.

Today we would like to introduce to you one of the beneficiaries in Miraflores (locality of San Cristobal): Cesar, 68 years old. His story particularly impacted us as his only income source was the sale of candies and snack bars, activity he couldn’t continue to carry out because of the confinement measures and the lack of customers in the streets. As many people in Bogotá, Cesar lives alone and is struggling to make it to the end of the month.

Thank you for all your support! Your donations directly help vulnerable communities in mitigating the economic impacts of the pandemic! Continue to support us to keep strengthening solidarity towards the needy ones.

Food donation in El Codito the 19/06/2020
Food donation in El Codito the 19/06/2020
Cesar
Cesar

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Oct 22, 2020

Building Social Fabric Through Urban Agriculture

Showing the booklet about urban agriculture
Showing the booklet about urban agriculture

 

Dear Friend,


Good news: the containment due to the COVID-19 crisis is finally lifted in Bogota! This means that soon, the activities of Proyectar Sin Fronteras with the communities of San Cristobal Sur will be reestablished.

During the last four months, however, our activities have been restricted. As we explained in our previous report, the health situation has delayed our usual visits to the communities of Paseito III, Miraflores and Puente Colorado. Therefore, we continued to communicate with them using audio-visual material and were pleased to notice the autonomy with which some people in the community are taking ownership of the space for sharing that has been created over the years.

This time out of the field has allowed us to reorganize our projects and to realize a territorial diagnostic method that we will be able to apply as soon as we will return to work in contact with the communities in order to take stock of the current state of the project and update our data.


In June we had the opportunity to carry out a food distribution in Miraflores to the most vulnerable families. A total of 80 baskets were distributed, as well as clothing.

The space was also used to distribute a booklet created by the group La Misma Gente, our ally in the collection and distribution of solidarity baskets. The manual, which combines home remedies to increase one's natural defenses, tutorials to make masks or reusable sanitary napkins, and urban agriculture tips, was delivered with a kit of food plant seeds to be sown at home.

This day was also an opportunity to introduce a group of about fifteen women to the use of the menstrual cup through a discussion on its economic and ecological benefits. Interested women were then able to place an order and each received a menstrual cup.


Thank you for all your support! Your donations directly help vulnerable communities in achieving environmental and social peace! Continue to support us to keep strengthening environmental awareness and resilience among youngest and elders.

Talking about the menstrual cup with the community
Talking about the menstrual cup with the community
Distribution of alimentary baskets
Distribution of alimentary baskets
Members of the community of Paseito III
Members of the community of Paseito III
Community making a new culture bed in Paseito III
Community making a new culture bed in Paseito III
The community of Miraflores working together
The community of Miraflores working together
Jun 25, 2020

Building Agriculture Autonomy

Pests natural control and treatment in Paseito III
Pests natural control and treatment in Paseito III

During the last three months, Proyectar Sin Fronteras continued its work, supporting agricultural processes in vulnerable neighbourhoods of Bogotá as Paseito III, Miraflores and Puente Colorado. Due to the COVID-19 national lock down measures, we had to adapt ourselves and adjust our support. The in person agroecological workshops have been replaced with online sessions and audio-visual content that we shared with the participants.

It has been frustrating for our team and the participants not being able to visit the projects, but this exceptional context also showed its benefits: it encouraged the participants to be more autonomous, which is the main long-term goal of PSF. It is with joy and pride that we saw Miraflores’ and other communities involving themselves more in the projects since the beginning of the pandemic.

Today we would like to introduce to you one of the most motivated participants in Paseito III: Don Pedro. Since the beginning of the project, more than a year ago, he was always present. Thirsty of knowledge, he became one of the leaders of this process and he is nowadays able to share the agricultural knowledge he acquired.

We can see him here preparing Norwegian paint, a natural alternative to chemical ones.

Besides these projects, PSF recently created a food aid project to respond the rising food insecurity in Bogotá. During a distribution in Abril of this year, we were able to visit the neighbourhoods where we support agricultural processes and bring to these communities’ food and hygienics products baskets to respond to their needs. A total of 61 baskets were given out that day; Up to this day, PSF has distributed more than 281 baskets to vulnerable families of Bogotá that include 17 kg of food, hygienic products, clothes, kids toys, pet food and even menstrual cups.


Thank you for all your support! Your donations directly help vulnerable communities in achieving environmental and social peace! Continue to support us to keep strengthening environmental awareness and resilience among youngest and elders.

Don Pedro preparing Norwegian paint
Don Pedro preparing Norwegian paint

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