CONPassion

COVID-19 Starvation Outreach
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What Is CONPassion?

Vida Para Todos Guatemala’s newest outreach service is correctly named “CONPassion” or, Caring for Our Neighbors with passion.

CONpassion is a project that was placed in our hearts as COVID 19 continues to devastate affected families in Guatemala. With this project we are committing to the families that we will sponsor to fully supply their nutrition needs for a minimum of 2 months. Food Donations will de delivered on a weekly basis to ensure families receive fresh and healthy food.

This new service is based on the model of sponsorship programs, such as scholarships or sponsor a child. But with CONPassion, the sponsorship is for a family who is in desperate need of daily food for survival. Guatemala has been, and still is, being hit very hard by the COVID-19 Virus. For many the situation is truly and sadly desperate.

The latest saying in Guatemala is; “If the virus doesn’t kill us then starvation will.” Families are hanging white flags made of different kinds of material outside of their homes indicating a need for food within. Others are standing alongside of the roads with these white flags signifying they are near to starvation. This is a situation that we at Vida Para Todos Guatemala can, and will, do something to relieve.

How Bad Is It?

Who Has Been Affected?

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected food security for hundreds of thousands of Guatemala’s most vulnerable people. Right now, 1.2 million people are currently in need of emergency food aid – an increase of 570,000 from the beginning of the year – as a result of the loss of livelihoods related to the pandemic. More than 15,000 cases of acute malnutrition among children were reported at the end of May 2020, exceeding the total number of cases reported for all of 2019.

What’s To Come?

As the COVID-19 pandemic gets worse in Guatemala, people are experiencing a further loss of income, combined with a possible health system collapse, which will lead to a further increase in acute malnutrition and lives at risk from lack of medical care.

While infection rates place Brazil and Peru as the new epicenters of the pandemic in Latin America, the impact may be even greater in countries like Guatemala, which are characterized by low public investment, lack of adequate health infrastructure, and large gaps in access to basic systems, including health care.

“More than half of Guatemalan households are having difficulty accessing markets and four out of ten families are using coping strategies that leave them worse off, such as depleting their savings or selling some of their assets,” says Angela Naletilic, Deputy Director for Action Against Hunger in Central America.

In addition, many families are facing a decline in household income as remittances from abroad to Guatemala decline. This is compounded by the loss of approximately 500,000 jobs in the country due to the impact of the pandemic and as well as containment measures. Guatemala is part of a region that could be home to 29 million more people living in poverty by the end of the pandemic.

According to our Project Manager in Guatemala City, and since the date of the referenced source of this information, the situation had worsened and shows no signs of improving any time soon.

CHIXOLIS – 11/17/2020

We will soon be taking our CONPassion Project to the village of Chixolis.  The plan is to deliver food to 40 families twice a week for 3 months.  These families have already been selected by our Project Manager and our trusted contact in Chixolis. We will implement this phase of CONPassion by delivering food items to 20 families on alternate Saturdays in a local church where we can also present them with the good news of the Gospel!  Our past efforts in Guatemala City resulted in 4 families coming to Christ and worshipping with our partner church there.  We thank God for this wonderful opportunity!  We thank our supporteres for making this possible!

poor living conditions
guatemalan kneeling with mask on
hungry guatemalans

UPDATE: We have provided over 12,000 meals so far.  Thank you all for supporting our work!!

CONPassion Family Stories

These Families Have Been Screened and and Ultimately Selected by Our In-Country Project Manager

 

August 8, 2020

Meet the Moroccan Tunchez family:

This beautiful family is part of our COVID-19 CONPassion Project.

The Moroccan Tunchez family is made up of three adults and before the Covid-19 pandemic, their total income was $510 a month.

Due to the quarantine and curfew they now only manage to make around $200 each month.

(Cont’d)

The amount that they require to cover rent and food is around $300 and is insufficinet for all of their expenses.

Members of this family have pre-existing health issues that require the need for regular medications, but because of their income being cut in half, they can not afford them.

Sponsoring this family for food will allow them to buy the medications that they need.

August 6, 2020

Meet the Ordóñez Mèndez family.

The Ordonez Mendez family has 6 members, three adults and three minors.

Before Covid-19 the father worked in sales, using public transportation to make it to work. Now, because of the quarantine and lockdown, the public transportation was shut down.

 

(Cont’d)

The first couple of months he had to walk to work for about 6 hours every day, only being able to make around $100 a month. For this reason, they are behind on rent and they only eat twice a day.

One of the family members is deaf. The minors have been at home because the schools are closed.

 

August 6, 2020

The Gomez Moreno family consists of three adults and one minor.  The oldest daughter is a single mom and is the only source of oncome for the family. She is repsonsible for all of their expenses, including medical supplies and treatment for her elderly father.

Before Covid-19, she had a steady job with a fixed income making $ 415 a month.  During the quarantine, her job closed completely leaving her unemployed and with $0 income.

(Cont’d)

Later she got a job helping sell chicken and was able to make around $165 per month. The necessary budget for her to be able to pay rent and provide food is a minimum of  $250 per month.

Together with her sisters they also care for their elderly parents.

Members of this family suffer from pre-existing health problems such as diabetes. The youngest is home because schools are closed.

 

August 5, 2020

The Ixpache Estrada family is formed by the mother and her two daughters.

Before Covid-19 she had a job and a stable income making around $450 a month. This amount was sufficient to meet their expenses.

During quarantine she lost her job, and being a single mom, she was in need of finding a new source of income to pay rent and to buy food for her and her two children.

 

(Cont’d)

For a while the girls grandparents could help them financially. This only lasted a few weeks since they also found it difficult to meet their own needs.  She then found a job selling chicken on the streets of Guatemala City. Needing a minimum $400 to live, she now only earns around $205 a month.

No pre-existing health issues, and the babes have been home due to school closure.

August 5, 2020

Meet the Escobar family, they are part of our CONpassion COVID-19 Project.

The Escobar family has three members, two adults and a minor. Before Covid-19, her job was to sell towels and hats on the streets of Guatemala.

She has never been able to achieve a stable monthly situation since their only source of income is whatever she sells on a daily basis.

 

(Cont’d)

During the quarantine and the lockdown their monthly income has fallen sharply since she is the only person who had an income and is unable to work at the moment.

Members of this family suffer from pre-existing health problems including a child with down syndrome.

The minor has been at home because the schools are closed.

August 3, 2020

Familiy Martinez Escalante:

Before Covid-19, four family members had jobs, now only two are working severly reducing their monthly income.

One of them who managed to keep his job had to accept a reduction in salary in order to have a job at all. The other, having a shortage of clients due to quarantine hours, had his salary also reduced considerably.

 

(Cont’d)

The monthly budget needed for this family is around $400. Due to the quarantine, they only mange to make around $275. For this reason, they have had days were they only have enough food to eat very small meals once or twice a day.

There are no pre-existing health problems in this family, only one senior member. The kids have all been at home since schools are closed.

 August 3, 2020

The Family Arredondo:

They are a family of nine members. There are 3 children; two sisters are single mothers with two children each.
The 65-year-old father suffers from diabetes and loves God above all things and is a very exemplary man.

Before the pandemic, he worked as an automobile mechanic, but now he can not work and his situation has become complicated due to the lack of medication to control his diabetes.

(Cont’d)

The mother suffers from chronic kidney failure and now her health has also worsened and she is retaining water in her left lung. This makes it very difficult for her to breathe.

Before, the older sisters were working to support their children and the parents, but now, because of the coronavirus, it has become very difficult for them and they have not been able to find work.  What little they do earn is used for medicine and other basic necessities.

August 2, 2020

The Family Quilo Sazo:

Before Covid-19 three family members had jobs and were earning around $745 a month combined.  Now only two of them have been able to keep working. 

One is a nurse for a public institution, but being someone at high risk, her employers suspended her from her job. A few months later she was called back to work. Even so, they still need around $100 to be able to meet their monthly budget.

(Cont’d)

The older couple were greatly affected due to the lockdown. The father lost his job completely, while the elderly mother is still trying to figure out how to keep working selling food to workers as businesses were shut down.

Three of the four family members suffer from pre-existing health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, varicose veins, gastritis, and other stomach problems.

August 2, 2020

Familiy Martinez Escalante:

Before Covid-19, four family members had jobs, now only two have been able to keep working reducing their income by about half.

One of the members who managed to keep his job had to accept a salary reduction to be able to have a job at all. The other, seeing the shortage of clients due to quarantine hours also had his salary reduced considerably.

 

(Cont’d)

The monthly budget needed for this family is around $400. Due to the quarantine, they only mange to make around $275. For this reason, they have had days were they only have enough food to eat very small meals once or twice a day.

There are no pre-existing health problems in this family and only one senior member. The kids have all been at home since schools are closed.

SOME PHOTOS FROM THE FIRST FOUR WEEKS OF DELIVERIES AS OF 10/17/2020

We need help from people just like you to win this battle. Currently we are sponsoring 12 families. Just a small donation is all it takes.