Francisca is an artisan woman from the Community of Amazonas, who earned her living by creating handmade crafts for tourists. The sales she made helped her sustain her family, send her children to school, buy the supplies they needed to study, and take them to the hospital when they would get sick. Now, with the arrival of COVID-19 in the Amazon region of Loreto, all tourism activity has abruptly stopped, leaving Francisca with no source of income.
As she tries to better understand the virus and what its repercussions could mean for her small community, she has no other choice than to wait for humanitarian support to arrive with food and medical supplies. If she or any member in her community presents symptoms, they must travel hours by boat to get to the city, where the only three existing hospitals in the region have run out of tests, oxygen, respirators, and are low on medical staff. Even in the capital city, she won’t have access to basic medicine that would allow her to recover from the illness at home.
In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the most vulnerable and isolated populations will be the most affected ones. Like Francisca, many women in rural areas of the
Peruvian Amazon have done undeniably progressive work to build more just, equal, and violence-free communities, and just when they had found a way to thrive, this crisis
threatens their lives and impacts their fragile economy.
More than ever, we need you to stand with us!
Without access to water, food, soap, medical supplies, and with most people living hours, and even days away from a health center (most running in precarious ways and lacking equipment for COVID-19), these communities we so dearly serve, face unprecedented risk and a terrifying reality from the spread of COVID-19.
In this situation, prevention is critical to face the pandemic and protect our communities.
Our response to COVID-19
With COVID-19 having already reached over 20 communities in the Peruvian Amazon, we are focusing on 3 sustainable initiatives to mitigate its effects throughout the region:
We are producing 50 special episodes of our program
“Bienvenida Salud” in Spanish and Amazonian indigenous languages addressing
COVID-19 prevention and safety protocols, as well as other
regarding the virus.
We will disseminate playful cross-cultural material to
community children with
information on handwashing as a preventing measure to
reduce the risks of COVID-19
income for families
We will implement vegetable gardens in 15 communities that will help families produce food of high nutritional value (such as vegetables, corn, and beans), ensuring quick access to food and income
We are providing families in rural communities with medicine kits that include masks, hand
sanitizers, and medicine pills
recommended by the Peruvian Ministry of Health. Families will then be able to protect
themselves and counteract the effects of the disease in case of infection.
You are supporting life-saving actions in the Peruvian Amazon
A donation of any amount that is meaningful to you is significant enough to help us bring safety, health, and hope to these communities in times when they need us the most. With a donation today, you are showing up for every woman, youth, and family in the Peruvian Amazon.
DONATIONS OUTSIDE OF PERU
Donations in the US are tax-deductible and can be made through our fiscal sponsor,
The Resource Foundation
DONATIONS IN PERU
Donations in Peru are tax-deductible and can be made through the
BBVA Banco Continental
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