Due to the impact of COVID-19 in Central America there is an urgent need for food, soap and personal protective equipment for impoverished Mayan villagers living in the Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala, particularly in San Lucas Toliman and San Antonio Palopo.
Disaster Aid Canada has been informed by Canadian Rotary Clubs that have been involved in sustainable development projects in the area for several years, that people are under a strict lock-down and on the verge of starvation. There are dire food, hygiene and PPE needs including masks. Workers have no jobs, there is no social safety net and the communities including markets are under complete lock-down.
The funds raised by this special appeal will be distributed by Disaster Aid Canada with the assistance of Canadian Rotary Clubs and the Mayan Women’s groups with whom the Rotary Clubs have collaborated for years in local projects.
Disaster Aid Canada donated $1,000.00 to provide emergency support for the 2 villages on May 22, hopefully we will be able to help these communities with more food soon through your donations. The Mayan Women’s groups are proactive, reliable and accountable in ensuring efficient and effective obtaining and distribution of supplies.