A Multi-faceted Response
With existing high rates of poverty in the Santiago Atitlán community, food insecurity is already a significant challenge.
At the start of the pandemic, our staff recognized a sharp increase in food insecurity among Pueblo a Pueblo beneficiaries.
To meet this imminent need, Pueblo a Pueblo conducted various emergency COVID-19 food basket donation drives, and was able to deliver four rounds of food baskets to 125 beneficiary families.
Although schools have been physically closed since March 2020, students have continued their schooling remotely.
Throughout the pandemic, all sponsored students have continued receiving support for their tuition, school supplies, and access to a local clinic.
A new school year has just begun in February 2021, and students continue to learn remotely with the support of Pueblo a Pueblo.
Maternal Child Health
In accordance with government restrictions, all in person programming with sponsored mothers and children was suspended from March 2020-October 2020.
With all COVID-19 precautions taken (masks, outdoor seating, social distancing, small groups), we were able to resume monthly health workshops with mothers in October 2020.
Similar to that of Maternal-Child Health, all in person programming with Youth Leaders, Women Entrepreneurs, and Beekeeping participants was suspended from March-October 2020.
Various online and phone workshops took place in the fall of 2020.
Slowly, small COVID-19 safe in-person workshops have resumed with each of these project groups.