June 18, 2020
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COVID-19: Food Insecurity in Guatemala

Food insecurity haunts thousands of families who are desperately waiting for government help to survive the most difficult months of seasonal hunger.

More than 1,323,000 Guatemalans need urgent food assistance
(2020, June 15th). Prensa Libre.
We have all experienced the COVID-19 lockdowns here in the United States. Imagine what a lockdown is like in a place with high levels of poverty and limited infrastructure.  Rural Guatemalan families are experiencing a domino-effect of consequences:
  • Abnormally dry conditions caused a poor harvest last year
  • Families are now between the planting and harvest seasons, the most vulnerable time for subsistence farmers
  • Remittances from the U.S. are down sharply due to unemployment
  • Many incomes depend on informal work market, which is basically shut down
  • Many families were already living on the edge when COVID-19 hit
  • Unlike in the U.S., the government has not been able to provide much support
There is no safety net for these families.  You can help us provide one.

Memorial fund established to provide urgently needed nutrition

Thanks to many generous donors, in April we provided food assistance to the families of all of the students in our scholarship program.  [ See photos from the food distribution ]  But there is still great need.

We have established a memorial fund in memory of longtime friend Sister Connie to provide this urgently needed nutrition.  Sister Connie was always concerned about providing nutrition in rural Guatemala.  We think this is a fitting way to remember her.

Our staff has worked with village leaders to identify families with desperate need for food assistance. These families are not necessarily related to the scholarship program, but live in or near the villages we support.

We hope to complete fundraising by July 2, Sister Connie's birthday.
Help provide Food Assistance
We are evaluating the possibility of an Insight Trip in November, 2020.  It is still too early to know if that trip will be possible.
35 students still need funding.
Due to the current state of the economy, we are seeing a sharp drop in new sponsorships.  Help us keep these families afloat:

Sponsor a student

Donate to our Unsponsored Student Fund
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