For the Wayuu villagers of Guajira, the rains stopped falling in October of 2012. By mid-2013, all forms of agriculture, the source of their livelihood, had dried up. The Wayuu lived in extreme poverty, scratching out an existence in the local markets trading across the border with Venezuela. But in December of 2013, customs controls increased, and that small opportunity dried up too. Hundreds of children have now died from hunger. This project will deliver much needed food to 300 villagers.
CDA will provide emergency food relief parcels containing rice, pasta, red beans, lentils, oil, sugar cane block, powdered milk, sugar, canned tuna, canned sardines, cornmeal, oatmeal, eggs, plantain, potatoes, onion, carrots and bread to 300 villagers and their families. These parcels will ensure that children and family members receive the nourishment necessary to survive.
With hunger assuaged, the Wayuu can begin to rebuild their lives. Organizations such as CDA and other partners can evaluate and walk alongside these communities, discussing possible solutions to their pressing needs.