Help fight the spread of Covid-19 in Guatemala

by Compartiendo Nuestras Bendiciones ONG
Help fight the spread of Covid-19 in Guatemala
Help fight the spread of Covid-19 in Guatemala
Help fight the spread of Covid-19 in Guatemala
Help fight the spread of Covid-19 in Guatemala
Help fight the spread of Covid-19 in Guatemala
Help fight the spread of Covid-19 in Guatemala
Help fight the spread of Covid-19 in Guatemala
Help fight the spread of Covid-19 in Guatemala
Help fight the spread of Covid-19 in Guatemala
Help fight the spread of Covid-19 in Guatemala
Man receiving pantry supplies on his 90th birthday
Man receiving pantry supplies on his 90th birthday

We hope this update finds you well. To date, generous donations have enabled us to provide over 445 families with emergency pantry supplies packs. Most recently we handed out 28 pantry supplies packs in the community of Santiago Sacatepequez. One of the recipients was a man celebrating his 90th birthday. What a great way to celebrate his day! In this message you can find some of the photos from that day. You can find  the full album with most of the deliveries we have made to date through this link here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=compartiendo.nuestras.bendiciones.Guatemala&set=a.276560683350870

While we have enjoyed being a vehicle to bring pantry supplies to people during times of great need these past few months, all good things must come to an end. All over Guatemala we are adjusting to a new normal. When we first started this project it was in response to the necessary closure of all the non-essential activities in the country which made hunger a threat equal to the threat of coronavirus. Slowly but surely the economic activities are starting to reopen in the country. The president plans for an update at the end of the month regarding whether or not things will remain open or be shut down again. We are hoping that the country will be in a good state and that the economy will remain open and will start to regain momentum. In that event, we plan to close down this project in order to focus our efforts on our other great developing projects, including addressing the major gaps in education during these times of the pandemic. We invite you to check out the new project we have been developing in reaction to the fact that more than 40,000 children across the country have abandoned their education during the pandemic. This project involves traveling, hands on, educational exhibits to reengage children's learning while they have fun and recover from the psychological effects of months of lockdown. We go where the need is, and this is where we are currently being called:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/play-it-forward-guatemala/

As always we thank you for being a part of this great pantry supplies project that helped so many families to weather a rough time.

Best wishes from all of us.

Man with disability receiving pantry supplies
Man with disability receiving pantry supplies
Elderly woman receiving pantry supplies
Elderly woman receiving pantry supplies
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Apart from the challenges of our new lives living with the Covi-19 pandemic, these past few months have been a roller coaster for our organization. On June 2nd we welcomed our 3rd son. And then sadly on July 12th our family and team member Walter took his own life at the age of 18. He was an integral part of this pantry supply effort and accompanied our Director Luis to buy the pantry supplies, helped to organize the bags and then to distribute them to community members in need. Although he leaves a great hole in our family and organization we know we must continue on in his memory delivering supplies as long as there are donations as well as need in the community. Since Walter's death we have delivered pantry supplies to 119 families. But we couldn't do it with out the support of donors like you as well as withou community members who help us to identify people in need. This month through the help of Brandy from Florida and community member Loyda, we were able to bring pantry supply packs to 40 families in need in the rural village of Calderas. Agricultural communities such as Calderas have been really hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic as restrictions on movement and public transportation have prevented vendors from taking their goods to the market to sell as they normally would. These supplies are a life line and provide hope to families who are struggling to put food on the table. We give priority to families headed by the elderly, widows, single mothers, families with people with disabilites and people who have been layed off due to the pandemic, but others facing need are also eligible. Below you will find photos of some of the families who received pantry supply packs this month. You can see more photos of the families who have been blessed with pantry supplies through this link here: shorturl.at/lCLU3. Thank you for being a part of this effort. Your support keeps us moving forward!

How We Will Remember Cousin Walter
How We Will Remember Cousin Walter
Family receiving pantry supplies
Family receiving pantry supplies
Recently widowed woman receiving pantry supplies
Recently widowed woman receiving pantry supplies
Out of work teacher receiving pantry supplies
Out of work teacher receiving pantry supplies
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Beneficiary family receiving their pantry supplies
Beneficiary family receiving their pantry supplies

We just wanted to take the time to thank you for your donation and to give you an update on how we are putting it to good use. Thursday April 23rd our team members delivered the first selection of emergency pantry supplies to 30 needy families in our area. So far we have funds to provide emergency pantry supplies to a total of 128 families, which is an amazing impact in our community! April 25th we handed out 33 more pantry supply packages to needy families. We are focusing our efforts on households who have placed a white flag at their door to indicate that they no longer have food as well as households with elderly people (who are recommended to avoid leaving their houses) and households with people with disabilities. We have included photos of some of the families who have already received emergency supplies, however a more complete selection of photos appears on our organization facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/compartiendo.nuestras.bendiciones.Guatemala/media_set?set=a.276560683350870&type=3.

We hope you will visit us there and check out the project album to see exactly which family or families your donation helped. We will keep you updated on our project progress.

Thanks again for your donation,

Colleen Supanich

Family receiving pantry supplies
Family receiving pantry supplies
Family receiving pantry supplies
Family receiving pantry supplies
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Compartiendo Nuestras Bendiciones ONG

Location: San Andres Itzapa - Guatemala
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Colleen Supanich
San Andres Itzapa, Guatemala

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