We know times are tough in the world right now but this is really time for everyone to come together. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for some students to arrive at school hungry, whether due to long walking trips, or parents who just can’t pay for breakfast. There are many reasons why children can go without a healthy meal in the morning. Thanks to its multiple donors, Kamalbe has supported and created programs that support the communities of Xecanchavox and Las Nubes on the outskirts of the community.
Due to the current situation, Kamalbe has created the Food for the Future program that provides children with access to fresh fruit, granola bars or basic grains and other breakfast foods. Kamalbe recognizes the need for nutritional support in local schools. But with schools closed for the foreseeable future, COVID-19 has impacted children who had daily access to a healthy breakfast through the Food for the Future program at school. For some children, the program may be their only chance to have a meal, their only meal of the day. Teachers and the community have always been grateful of the support that has been given to the children and families in the community. Despite the efforts of some authorities, the community has noticed that children have become more vulnerable and food insecure. In addition, due to the recent layoffs and business closings, there is greater financial pressure on the families of these communities since parents are having difficulty providing for their children at this time. The program seeks to respond to the impact of COVID-19 by continuing to help students in need with direct food donations for families in the communities of Xecanchavox and San Martin on the outskirts of Quetzaltenango. The Guatemalan people are facing this crisis on their own and the government is not providing resources to the hospitals and is more focused on rescuing big companies, banks, international bank stores, and restaurants - we have to find our own way to support our families. How you can help: We are donating a bag of food to families with the goal to donate once or twice per month to 50 families registered with us. The cost per bag is $10. You can help us by donating one bag, two bags, three, four or five bags at once.