Join our 2020 FoodShare Program to help the needy residents of San Pedro Itzicán
With the current fear of COVID-19 - we cannot risk the people getting this illness because there is no medical facility nearby that could help. Many people are unable to work right now. So all our educational programs have been suspended. Our focus is to help people who need food - with emphasis particularly on providing food for people with renal problems.
In November 2018, our team member, Patricia Moran, started getting donations to provide monthly deliveries of fresh vegetables and fruit, dry goods of beans, rice, and other needed supplies that are given to families most in need. Many really poor families need this help as they have no one else to help them.
Do watch this video about the FoodShare program
In early 2020, Anita (the Brigada leader), asked us to provide the monthly despensa for more families - which brings that total to 55 families. And she also asked us to provide a special despensa to families who have kidney patients, who need specific diets (49 patients) from Mezcala, San Pedro Itzican and Aqua Caliente.
This means we have to raise over 10,000 pesos each month to sustain these needs!
We also collect food from a number of businesses, supplies that are not needed - and we cook those up to create meals for the after-school program children.
So we are reaching out to ask if you can donate towards some food and dry goods and sanitary supplies for these families. We are usually going out to San Pedro to deliver supplies, every Thursday.
If you can support this program we would be most grateful. Now (March 2020), we are supporting 55 families (one family has 16 people in it). They really need help. We are trying to raise at least 10,000 pesos a month to provide some basic food supplies to these families. If you can help us, and would consider supporting us - just email us here and we will get back to you.
But what is also wonderful about this Foodshare program is, because of our "A Hand up not a hand out", all these families receiving dispenses provide volunteer work in their community - such as clearing areas of garbage or helping with other projects. So they are finding pride.
Besides food, if you have anything to donate, we will pick up your donations, or you can drop them off at the Maison Don Qujote, on Zaragoza # 29, in Ajijic. Please mark your donations for "Poco a Poco" and we will make sure they are delivered, via the Brigada, to people in need.
Many people in these communities are facing many medical issues - especially renal failure. in 2019, 18 people died from renal failure. Many are young children! This is terrible! Children aged 5 years of age are already showing signs of renal failure. (The most usual cause for this appears to be 1. genetics, 2. pollution and 3. malnutrition.)
We can't do much about genetics (these small communities have many inter-family marriages), and pollution is probably due to the water from the lake where they bathe and drink the water if they have no money for bottled water. Soda drinks are frequently drunk instead of healthier drinks - such as water. (There is much distrust of the water provided by the city.)
But there is also widespread malnutrition. Young children, if not provided with enough protein and fresh vegetables or fruit, are very susceptible to renal failure. Over 70 families in the area have been identified in 2020 as having renal failure patients in their households. So sad.