Covid-19 - A Difficult Time for All
On March 14, before the country had seen its first COVID-19 case, El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele, shut down the country’s borders and airport. On March 21, residents were ordered to quarantine at home for 30 days, in an effort to control the spread of the virus which had infected three people in the impoverished nation at that point. The country is still under quarantine where leaving home is only allowed for food or emergencies. As of April 26, El Salvador, a country of some 6.5 million people had 323 cases of coronavirus, 89 of which have recovered, and eight deaths.
In a country the size of Massachusetts, with 313 people per sq km (Canada has 4 people per sq km!), El Salvador has done well to keep it's people safe from the virus. However, for those who would normally work in the markets each day, staying home means no money to buy food.
Otra Fe's primary focus has always been food security in Western El Salvador, and that doesn't stop now. In an effort to help those most vulnerable, Otra Fe Canada provided funds to our Lead Director in El Salvador, Pastor Felix Sanchez. Pastor Felix then organized the purchases and deliveries. Here are a few photos that he sent us.
We are all in this together. Stay safe.
Thank you to everyone for your continuing support! ¡Muchas Gracias!
Salvadoran Coffee Beans ~SOLD OUT!
Thanks you to all the avid coffee drinkers out there. We are almost completely sold out of the fresh, high-altitude coffee beans that our volunteers brought back from El Salvador in January. It has proven to be a fantastic, and tasty, way to fund-raise in order to help out the students in Ahuachapan and Metapan with scholarships, and the farmers with agricultural crops and community chicken coops.
If you missed out on getting your bag of Salvadoran coffee beans, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see if there's an extra bag or two that we can send you. Until next year.....
Thank you to everyone for your support! ¡Muchas Gracias!
Otoniel has returned safely to El Salvador, no worse for wear!
Otoniel Pleités Morán, an Agronomist from El Salvador, and a founding member of Otra Fe El Salvador, just completed a one-month visit of our great country in February, his first time being this far North. We kept him quite busy visiting farms, meeting lots of new people, and even a little bit of snow shoveling, just for fun.
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