We hope that you are all safe and well during this difficult time faced by everyone across the world.
On Monday 16th March all activities of our program were suspended completely to ensure the safety of our children, facilitators and teachers.
On the 13th March the Guatemalan Government had announced the first case of Coronavirus in the country. Across Guatemala, all educational, social and cultural activities were then suspended, as well as all public and private transport services. It was only possible for people to leave the house in order to purchase essential food supplies or for an emergency.
From Sunday 22nd March, a curfew was imposed, forcing everyone to stay at home between the hours of 4pm and 4am.
The situation is very worrying, saddening and a difficult for everyone, but especially so for families with members that do not have a secure job, a job in the formal sector or those that have to work on a daily basis in order to be able to provide food for their families.
Currently across the country, we have 80 positive cases of Coronavirus and this figure is increasing on an hourly basis. Of these existing cases, 17 people are in a stable condition and on the road to recovery. Up until now we believe that the government has acted appropriately, especially bearing in mind the limited resources at their disposal and when comparing their actions with those of other countries from our continent.
We do not have a date for when we will be able to resume our activities, but we really hope that the serious situation that we are facing passes as soon as possible.
In our program we continue providing each of our facilitators and teachers with their stipend, as we realise that now, more than at any other time, they are in need of a financial income to be able to buy the basic necessities in order to live. We are extremely appreciative of the support received from Miracles in Action, Go Philanthropic, Project Quetzal, the Mathile Institute, as well as the vital support from individuals who are supporting us unconditionally at these difficult moments – a big thank you to everyone!
We want to have all of our team united at this time with the hope of us being ready and prepared for when things return back to normality. Each facilitator will be studying different types of educational material from their homes during this period.
In the communities where our classes are located, the majority of these communities do not have Internet and phone signal is limited. Up until now, our facilitators and children are all well. From the bottom of our hearts we really wish to return to our classrooms and get our program up and running again when the conditions have improved.
If you would like to make a financial donation to our families in order to help them feed themselves, this would be extremely appreciated at this time of crisis, and you can do this through this: https://www.globalgiving.org/dy/v2/checkout/billing/
We send our very best wishes to everyone and hope you are all well!