While the borders were opened in mid-September last year, most of Guatemala is still suffering the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Malnutrition is again on the rise as families struggle to find work in order to afford housing and food.
Food insecurity increased significantly throughout Guatemala almost immediately following the country’s shutdown in mid-March 2020. Regular commerce and movement were heavily restricted by the Guatemalan Government in an effort to reduce community spread of the virus. As a result, overnight many people found themselves without work and unable to feed their family. As we were forced to cancel our regular mission service schedule, Refuge International shifted its focus to support our communities with food bags, which for just $𝟏𝟓 can provide families with enough basic supplies to last a couple of weeks. These bags include items such as beans, rice, pasta, soup mix, salt, cooking oil, oatmeal, powdered milk, Incaparina, coffee and sugar.
Through generous donations to Refuge International in 2020, we were able to help hundreds of families across 7 different villages, including Blue Creek, Cerro Blanco, El Rosario, San Juan, San Martin (all located in the Sarstun area), Estancia Vieja, Joloncot and Concepcion El Cipres (located near San Raymundo).
It will take years for Guatemalans to recover from this crisis and we will continue the food program as long as donations make that possible. If you can, please consider a donation to help us make sure families in Guatemala have food.