Please 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 already vulnerable people in these areas getting this illness because there is no medical facility nearby that could help. To read more information on what we are doing right now for the COVID-19 situation, click HERE.
For social distance reasons, all our educational programs have been suspended. Our focus right now is to help people who need food - with emphasis particularly on providing food for the elderly and people with renal problems.
Besides the exception measures we are taking by providing food for over 2,000 households, we are also continuing to support our more than 50 kidney patients in the villages east of Chapala.
We really welcome this extra support when the needs are so important! Please consider contributing. Gracias!
With the extra funds provided by FoodBank Lakeside and other generous donors, it has all allowed us to provide more than 2,000 despensas, which include 1 kg each of rice, beans and lentils and fruits and vegetables when they are donated. (How we would love to add more protein - but we do not have the funds for this.) And we continue to help our renal patients with extra food.
The items provided change weekly, but basically each FoodShare despensa costs around 90 pesos per household a week. So that's 90,000 pesos a week! (Roughly 3,800 US $ a week.)
So yes - funds are needed to continue this!
We had not budgeted for this crisis but we are doing the best we can in the circumstances.
All donations are most happily accepted! And we are most grateful for the support of
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 new video on YouTube about how the FoodShare program has changed since COVID-19...
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 (50 patients) from Mezcala, San Pedro Itzican and Aqua Caliente.
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 (when it's opened up again).
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 Wednesday.
If you can support this program we would be most grateful. People really need help right now. If you can help us, and would consider supporting us - just email us here and we will get back to you.
During our normal FoodShare program, because of our "A Hand up not a hand out", all the 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. Of course that is not possible given the current COVID-19 crisis but we hope people will realize how invaluable the Brigada team is to their communities.
Besides food, if you have anything to donate, we will pick up your donations, or you can drop them off at La Casa del Cacau, located on Boulevard Jin Xi in La Floresta, 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.