I hope you are doing very well and staying safe and healthy during these difficult times.
I am writing to give you an update on the situation of our children and their families here in Guatemala. Last time I wrote to you we only had a few cases of covid 19 and a few deaths. Right now we have almost 16 000 cases and 600 people have died because of the disease. Luckily for our families, they are all doing well health wise.
The biggest problem we have right now is that the economy has been shut down for over three months. There are no buses running, many business have been forced to close, the demand on many services has decreased to nearly nothing, there are no tourists, the restaurants are closed, we are not allowed to leave our province and in some cases our towns. All of these situations mean that all our families have lost their means of subsistence. Many of the parents of our children worked selling food and other basic items at the markets, but the markets have been closed. Others used to work at restaurants which also have been closed. Others used to work in Guatemala City but are not able to travel to work or their jobs have disappeared. Others work planting vegetables but due to the travel restrictions have not been able to take their harvest to the markets and have lost their crops. And the list goes on and on.
As a result of this situation we have seen things that we had never seen before. There are many people that come out to the streets with white flags. What that means is that they are asking for any food that people can spare as they are literally starving. And many of the families of our children are very close to that situation. For that reason I am now asking, if any of you would like to help these families to buy some food, please donate any amount at the link below so we can help them get through this difficult time. Any amount will help and donations over $25 will get a tax receipt from Medicos en Accion. $100 can buy food for a family of 5 for a month. I would be very grateful if you could send this information to your acquaintances to see if anybody else would like to help.
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