Every morning when we flip on the news we hear more dire news about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world economy. People around the globe are hurting financially, and our families at El Molino School are no exception. In the best of times these families struggle to survive on a daily basis, and now most of them are out of work with no income and no savings. Many families are desperate for food, the most basic necessity to survive.
IEP is committed to help these 160 families through the crisis. Three weeks ago, and again this past Saturday, we gave each family one bag containing beans, rice, oatmeal, Incaparina (a high-protein food made of cottonseed, sorghum, maize and yeast used to prevent protein-deficiency diseases) and eggs donated by our partner Granja Azul, along with another bag which included face masks, body wash, laundry detergent and other cleaning items.
While Guatemala has very strict policies limiting travel between departments, with the help of the municipality of Tecpán we were able to send all the bags. IEP returned the favor to Tecpán by donating beans and rice for its residents.
Doña Antonieta, one of the moms from the school, kindly opened her home so that Aracely (Sofia’s mom and the school librarian), Evelyn (the math and computer teacher), and Oscar (the school security guard) could hand out every single bag. Thank you to these Hope Heroes!
Long lines with social distancing and face masks could be seen from very early on Saturday morning. The families were all very eager to have their bags, and the lines went fast. Once the bags were distributed there was a sense of relief and beautiful, thankful smiles were seen on everyone’s face.
Thank you to Granja Azul, the Municipality of Tecpán, the school staff, and to YOU, our faithful donors and supporters, for bringing relief to these families during this crisis. You are all HOPE HEROES.
-Keshy de Godoy
Director of Guatemala Operations