At Kind Footprint, we are incredibly grateful to be in good health, safely gathering with our loved ones during the holidays, and still being able to leave a kind footprint during these challenging times. It is our mission to unite the global nonprofit community to provide resources and create campaigns focused on social justice issues serving women and children worldwide.
This holiday season, we are focusing our efforts on a week-long campaign to provide emergency hunger aid relief and sustainable food sources for children and families in Medellín, Colombia, who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. We are partnering with Feed the Barrios, a fully crowd-sourced humanitarian project designed to bring food to the most vulnerable communities in Colombia.
Why Your Support Matters
In addition to the COVID-19 crisis, food security demands remain high in the Barrios (neighborhoods) of Colombia due to internal conflict, periodic natural disasters, and the influx of vulnerable refugees as the result of escalating conflict in Venezuela. Colombian families, who were already vulnerable before the COVID-19 crisis, have plummeted into extreme poverty as a result of high percentages of job and income loss caused by the pandemic.In 2020, more than three million people in Colombia affected by the Venezuela regional crisis are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance, including at least 1.8 million people who require food assistance.
The percentage of Colombians who are struggling to afford food has gradually increased every year since 2015. Currently, 45% of Colombians say they were unable to afford food they or their families needed at times in the past 12 months -- a new high in Gallup's decade-plus trend.
Government-imposed measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 have exacerbated emergency food insecurity among internally displaced individuals and other vulnerable populations who are already struggling to cope with the effects of violence, confinement, and natural disasters. Confinement measures have severely impacted vulnerable Venezuelans and Colombians who largely rely on wage labor as a primary source of income to meet daily food needs.
Our Collective Impact
Feed the Barrios is able to invest 100% of all public donations received into direct food relief by separating all logistical costs from public donations. They have done this through collaboration with volunteers, wholesalers, social leaders, private businesses, and other community organizations.
So far, Feed the Barrios has provided over 37,000 meals!
It is Kind Footprint's goal to raise $20,000 to feed the most vulnerable in Columbia.
Kind Footprint embodies trust and transparency, ensuring we work with organizations who lead in integrity and service to take the guessing out of giving! Feed the Barrios financial documentation of all donations and projects can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hBgIi9E1ShxVCd94XqGu6haF1lVg6iRR/view?usp=sharing
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At the end of our 7 day campaign, Kind Footprint will transfer 100% of all public donations received to Feed the Barrios.
Feed the Barrios will then purchase emergency food-packages from their partner in the city's wholesaler (there are no logistical costs, meaning 100% of public donations received goes to food).
All emergency food packages will be delivered by Feed the Barrios volunteers, voluntary emergency services and police escorts. No logistical costs are paid by public donations.
The most vulnerable areas within Medellín are identified by a network of social-leaders to ensure aid is distributed to those who need it the most.
Kind Footprint's Thankful-Giving with Feed The Barrios campaign could not be a success without the support of kind givers like you.
Kind Footprint's live updates can be found here on our GoFundMe page and on our Instagram @kindfootprint. To follow the journey of Feed the Barrios in Medellín, follow @feedthebarrios on Instagram.
Join us on social media to share what you are grateful for this Thanksgiving! Don't forget to tag @kindfootprint @feedthebarrios #thanksgivinginthebarrios