We're ready, no matter what size feet they are!
I hope all is well. The Covid-19 pandemic still rages in Latin America though vaccination programmes are beginning to be rolled out with front-line health workers slated to be the first recipients. Many restrictions are still in place and full-time classroom-based teaching is still some way off.
The key for us over the coming months will be to keep the classrooms as safe place to be when the children enter each day for their classes. Ecuador is currently our only project where actual classroom teaching has resumed and we buy gels for each classroom as well as footbaths so the virus cannot enter. As our projects open back up in the countries we will do the same whilst the risks remains, which could be years, though we are prepared for that.
Another area we want to concentrate our response will be with daily food. The economic situation in all the communities we work is critical so the need for family income generating sustainable plans is paramount.
This week – Monday 8th to Friday 12th March - GlobalGiving are 50% matching all small individual donations from $10 to $50 as part of their Little By Little Campaign. We want to take this opportunity to add one of each of all our sustainable plans with your 50% matched donation going towards the total cost of setting up each plan. These plans will then provide sustainable income for the local families and the schools well into the future.
Many of you were extremely generous in the recent Appeal so we understand if this isn't possible right now though if you do have some spare change rattling around please do donate to this page to help us take full advantage of this fantastic matching campaign.
Please note, the matching will only be applied once per person though feel free to share this with friends, family and work colleagues and club together to fund your own plan.
The amounts shown below are the total costs of each plan to give you an idea of how your 50% matched donation plays a vital part. For example it could be used for seeds or piping in Plan Huerto (vegetable gardens – the total cost is $200 with rain-capture irrigation and poly-tunnels); chicks or feed for Plan Pollo (chickens - $200 including coop and feed); gas or hobs for an industrial stove in Plan Negocio (cottage industries from $250); needles, thread and materials in Plan Costura (sewing machines - $250); a hoof or leg in Plan Moo (milking cows – from $500 for each young cow); a male & female starter pack in Plan Cuy (guinea pigs - $600 including house) or hundreds of fry for Plan Tilapia (fish farms - $800 including pools and feed).
Despite Covid restrictions being lifted slowly this year the thought of international travel is still far from many people's plans though when that itch demands to be scratched it would be brilliant if you could join our Charity Challenges in Perú and Ecuador in 2022.
The dates for the Inca Trail in Perú are Saturday 21st to Saturday 28th May with the itinerary for Ecuador still to be confirmed. There is still plenty of time to decide though feel free to get in touch on email@example.com
Thank you all for your amazing support as ever and have a great March.
Masks and protective clothing for the teachers
Hand gels for each classroom
Socially distanced parent meeting