There is an expression in public health parlance. It says - if the U.S. and Western Europe sneeze, the rest of the world will get the flu. Well, the sneeze has been felt around the world and things in Latin America are challenging to say the very least.
Perú has declared a national state of emergency. The country is on lock-down. The police are starting to enforce a ban on movement and social engagement. They're holding people who are in violation.
Word from our programs is that things are starting to get a bit desperate. People are beginning to feel the pressure of not being prepared or not planning. This epidemic will have huge impacts on the lives of those living in extreme poverty. Impact that will be deep felt and long lasting. We must be mindful to the underserved and marginalized in this situation. We must ensure they know they are not alone.
We are working diligently to plan for our programs. We have a plan with the Casa Girasoles homes to store 30-days of food, supplies and medicine. Our team has delivered food, supplies and financial resources to our Ines Project families We are staying in very close contact with all our partners.
The situation is only going to get more challenging before it gets better. Our plan is to be precautions and prepared. We will continue to build bridges to underserved communities We need to ensure they know they're not alone or forgotten.
We'll be posting updates frequently. Be kind and compassionate. And, stay connected.
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