Thanks to the generosity of our GlobalGiving donors, we were able to feed all 51 students who attend the Belén Agricultural School. These students come from poor, rural areas such as San Pedro, Tacuati, Concepción, and Pedro Juan Caballero, with the goal of receiving quality education to escape from poverty. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, classes were being held virtually for most of the past two years. As COVID-19 cases decline in Paraguay, students are finally able to do in-person classes again. For many of them, this means having access to a nutritious meal for the first time in a while.
Egg carton boxes have been delivered to the Community of Santa Lucía -Belen Department, where 10 families have been directly benefited. These vulnerable families have had limited opportunities to generate income. Therefore, the egg donations have been meaningful and contributed by adding a healthy component to their food intake since protein is a crucial part of a balanced diet.
With this activity, we helped supply the basic nutritional needs of 10 families from the Community of Santa Lucía -Belén Department. Mrs. Petrona, a 78-year old lady lives alone in a house made of Karanday (Trithrinax campestris, a very rustic South American palm) material and she suffers from age-related diseases. She was one of the beneficiaries of the donation. She can no longer work and only depends on the help he receives from his son who works on a farm.
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the entire country, and in particular, the rural sector. The low levels of health service coverage, as well as the reduction in purchasing power, have led to an increase in poverty rates in the country. As an example, “ollas populares”, which refers to a very large meal made with ingredients contributed by multiple people, have become extremely popular in rural areas of the country. This practice is crucial to feed large numbers of people, making it a viable option when entire families have been left without any source of income.
A food kit has been delivered to one family with this donation. The food kit contained staple foods such as flour, sugar, noodles, tomatoes, green peppers, beans, yuca, eggs, and rice. This food kit has allowed Mrs. Irma and her family (originally from a town called Hugua Ybañez) to eat for one month. Mrs. Irma is unable to work and lives with her daughter, who has limited opportunities to generate income because she has to dedicate her time to caring for her elderly mother.
When a crisis like the coronavirus hits, it's the poorest who suffer the most
With the funds received, it has been possible to help 70 people, belonging to 10 families in the town of Santo Tomas, Concepcion department. Food kits including flour, oil, sugar, herb and rice have been delivered.
With these basic elements, families will be able to supplement their diet for 1 month. This aid is essential given that these families only have subsistence crops and are not being able to generate income to sustain themselves.
The families had difficulty during past years providing enough food for all family members because of a lack of resources.
On top of the more than 1,000 families that already received help thanks to these donations, with the funds raised since the month of August we were able to assist 9 more families from the Concepción Department.
In order to guarantee their food security, we delivered food kits for 50 people containing sources of protein (chicken and eggs), vegetables (tomatoes, peppers and onions) as well as flour and oil.
Our relief fund continues to help many families that have been deeply affected by the Covid19 pandemic meet one of their most basic needs: access to food.
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