In the midst of the COVID-19 quarantine, 20 women miners and their families receive food and cleaning kits financed by voluntary contributions
In Ecuador, as in most of Latin America and the Caribbean, staying home to help stop the spread of COVID-19 represents an even more difficult challenge for many people, because they simply cannot afford to stay home and not generate income. This is the case for several families in the municipality of Camilo Ponce Enriquez, province of Azuay.
In view of this situation and as a result of the solidarity of their fellow citizens, a fundraising campaign was organized to help 20 women from the community and their families. In total, the aim is to support 110 people with limited resources, some of whom are older, younger or highly disabled and vulnerable.
The campaign has raised $1286.72 USD so far, enough to purchase a food basket for each family, which includes 16 fresh, non-perishable foods and 4 cleaning items. The quantity of these products was distributed according to the number of members in each family.
In order to ensure the delivery of this assistance, the National Program of Chemicals, a planetGOLD partner project of the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources, with technical assistance from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), offered its support. In this way, this project was articulated with the Department of Social Action of the Cantonal Government of Camilo Ponce Enríquez, who supported the delivery to each family; and the associations of women mineral selectors, whose leaders helped in the assembly of baskets.
Mario Rodas, national coordinator of the National Program of Chemicals, highlighted the collaboration and sensitivity of the citizens and stated that “The solidarity is essential for communities to be able to face challenges as great as COVID-19".
Likewise, he stressed that thanks to new contributions received from citizens, community associations, the Cantonal Government and local providers, it will now be possible to support 15 more families in the coming week.
In the video below, supporters share messages of support and solidarity with the women and their families in Camilo Ponce Enriquez:
To contribute to this initiative, you can make a bank transfer using the following information:
Savings Account Number: 5021144355
Banco Bolivariano (SWIFT CODE: BBOLECEG100)
Identity Card: 1714907563
For more information on the initiative or to make any inquiries, contact: