By Julie Budkowski - Global Operations Director, Future of Fish
Fishers in Parachique
Back in June we launched PPE for Fisheries, a campaign to support fishers and seafood traders in Peru’s small fishing villages with the necessary protective gear and sanitation supplies to safely provide fish — a vital source of nutrition — to the Peruvian population. This project was developed in response to the crises of worker safety and food supply caused by Covid-19. Since then, we have been able to expand PPE for Fisheries from its initial connection with three villages to provide protective equipment, supporting over 1400 fishing vessels and 7750 fishers in 8 villages up and down the coast.
Since June - through the generous support of donors such as yourself, we were able to raise over $7500 USD to support the health and safety of small scale seafood workers in Peru. Thanks to these donations Future of Fish working closely with our partners have been able to provide over 2450 reusable face masks, 250 litres of sanitizer and bleach, 190 facial shields and 10 boot cleaning stations. These vital sanitation and safety supplies were delivered to the communities as requested alongside other basic medical equipment such as digital thermometers and blood oxygen readers to help communities feel safe while at sea.
As global reports have shown, women have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Your generous gifts supported local women’s groups in the coastal communities as well as purchased reusable masks from Awamaki artisans from the Peruvian highlands.
The pandemic has highlighted many gaps in our global food supply system. At Future of Fish we believe in addressing the social and economic challenges small scale fishing communities face to help enable them to make the shifts necessary for long term ocean health. Learning more about the chronic systemic health issues that communities are dealing with - our team has been focusing on building partnerships to support basic needs, build resiliency and secure sustainable livelihoods. Stay in touch with us by subscribing to our newsletter as we support holistic development and empower coastal communities in Peru. www.futureoffish.org/contact-us
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