During this Covid-19 health crisis, Indigenous communities are being disproportionately impacted. Indigenous communities in Peru and Guatemala are strong and resilient, but they are facing dire conditions in the face of the pandemic. Elders are highly respected and carry traditional knowledge passed down to future generations and they are the most in danger in the health crisis. This puts both lives and traditional knowledge and lifeways at risk.
Grassroots initiatives are being led both in Peru and Guatemala within communities where Plenty Canada has developed strong relationships over the years. Many families are suffering from hunger and deprivation. Their lives have been severely disrupted by the pandemic and by the official restrictions on all travel. These initiatives are run by local Indigenous volunteers in an effort to help their extended communities.
The Goal of $12000 will cover almost half of the relief funds needed to support 360 families in these communities for one month.
Guatemala - Casa Q’eqchi Pandemic Response Initiatives
The two goals of the grassroots Casa Q’eqchi Pandemic Response Initiative in Guatemala are to provide baskets of food and basic supplies to 180 families for a six-month period and to provide educational materials about COVID-19 in the Q’eqchi language. The baskets will not feed entire families, but they will provide enough materials to support Elder women and two other family members. These families live in two communities; San Pedro Carcha, and Coban, Alta Verapaz. Each basket costs $50USD (around $70CAD), consisting of essential food, and health and hygiene products to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Peru – Muruwiqsa Initiatives
In Peru, the grassroots Muruwiqsa Initiative is working towards providing baskets to the two Quechua communities of Chawaytiri and Pampallaqta in the Pisac valley of the Cusco region, where there are hundreds of families in need. There is no government support, or even outreach, in these deeply impacted communities where there was a reliance on the tourist market for their weavings, but all of that activity has been paralyzed since March. A shift to a greater reliance on Indigenous agriculture will take time. The baskets consist of essential food, health, and hygiene products to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and cost around $50 USD (around $70 CAD) to support five people.
For more information you can visit: https://www.plentycanada.com/covid-19-relief-in-peru-and-guatemala.html
Show solidarity by supporting these community-led responses to Covid-19, assisting Elders and others who are most affected by this pandemic