Conviventia will provide emergency food and essential items assistance to over 140 of the most vulnerable families impacted by the corona-virus in the impoverished communities of El Pozon, Las Americas, Cazuca and Lucero Alto, Colombia. Our teachers at our schools have also been hard at work preparing and delivering materials so that our students in these communities can continue their educational process while at home. We will also be providing to these students the necessary school supplies.
The impact of the virus on these communities has been severe. This week, our Child & Youth program officer was sharing the situation of families we serve, who already had to go hungry this weekend. One of these is the family of Keyra (11) and Sahian (13). Their mother, Mrs. Claudia, sustains her daughters by selling 'arepas' on the street. Due to the quarantine, she has been unable to work since last week. They have no income at all and no way of surviving three more weeks without food
Conviventia plans to work with local grocery and stationary stores to set up a voucher system where the most vulnerable families can go and redeem these vouchers to fill their critical food, medication and school supply needs. The grocery stores will report back to us on items purchased and the selected families can send us via WhatsApp a picture of their purchase. These supplies will ensure that children and family members receive the nourishment and medications necessary to survive.
Conviventia is on the ground in these communities 365 days a year delivering programs that empower individuals and families to forge their path out of poverty. Our four program areas of Education, Income Generation, Family Strengthening and Basic Services will be needed now more than ever as these communities struggle with the added challenges of the corona-virus and it's impacts to the economy. You can join us in these efforts and learn more at https://conviventiausa.squarespace.com/