In the poorest communities where DWC serves, feeding a family was a task that was hard at the best of times, but with mandatory house confinement and the closure of workplaces and markets due to efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19, it has become much harder.
Governments, attempting to halt the spread of a virus that would quickly cripple their fragile health care systems, have imposed strict lock-down measures. This has resulted in families being unable to secure basic necessities like food, water and sanitation supplies.
Since lockdown began, governments have adopted measures to try to support people who have lost their income. This aid does not reach the entire population, however. The long-suffering poor are being pushed into even more dire circumstances. There are a lot of desperate people.
We are currently mounting several COVID 19 emergency response programs to assist our partners and host communities who are suffering from the pandemic. The global pandemic has had devastating impacts on food security, poverty, and nutrition, particularly in the developing world.
DWC has provided packages of food and other goods that are delivered directly to 90 families in the communities of Villa María del Triunfo, Maya, Pedregal and Heroes Del Cenepa. A focus has been to provide aid to single mothers.
DWC spearheaded immediate famine relief to 430 of the most vulnerable families in Out Aput village by supplying them with dry ration packages containing staples such as rice, sugar, and soya meat, and spices.
50 quarantined Filipino families are receiving emergency food packages. We also identified six individuals with life threatening sicknesses / families caring for sick children who required additional support of medicine or health supplies.
400 daily wage earners were provided with dry ration parcels of basic essential needs. Market closures mean they are unable to make any income for themselves. These families face hunger and the risk of falling deeper into the poverty cycle.