Disaster Aid Canada has been supporting Mayan Women’s Groups in San Lucas Toliman and San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala for many years.
In this area most Mayans are marginal farmers, or work at minimal wage for the 22 families that control 80% of the land in Guatemala.
Effect of COVID-19
As a result of COVID-19 pandemic there is currently massive unemployment and no money to buy food.
In response Disaster Aid Canada has been providing food aid.
Following the recent major support of Australian families by DA Canada’s bushfire appeal, the board of Disaster Aid Australia has decided to support this initiative to help the people of Guatemala.
$5,000 has been sent from DAA, via DA Canada, to buy food for the worst affected families.
Disaster Aid UK and Ireland has also provided $3,500 for the program.
Bulk purchasing and distribution of food is handled by four Mayan volunteer women.
Before distribution food is repackaged according to family size
The food packages contain; corn, beans, oats, rice, sugar eggs and a nutritional supplement for children.
If you want to support Disaster Aid Australia’s food aid to Guatemala click on the link below;
Charity donations of $2 or more to Disaster Aid Australia are tax-deductible in Australia.