overcome the aftermath of the pandemic in vulnerable populations,Urgent & necessary
Peru is one of the countries most devastated in Latin America by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The Peruvian government was poorly prepared to manage the situation, resulting in overwhelmed medical care, limited social services, and laggard public health response. The United Nations estimates that, while poverty will increase globally by 15 percent among children and adolescents due to the pandemic, it will increase by 22 percent in Latin America and 43 percent in Peru. According to Unicef calculations, the drop in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will proliferate poverty among Peruvians by 10 percent from 2019 through 2021, which means that 3.3 million people will fall into poverty – including extreme poverty – as a direct consequence of the coronavirus. The Central Andes region of Peru particularly faces economic strife, as these citizens make a living mainly in the agrarian sector or sell goods informally.
The Central Andean region holds the largest concentration of Peruvians in extreme poverty. The Minka Project supports those in the Mantaro Valley, especially in the poverty belt surrounding the city of Huancayo and neighboring villages. Here, the strain on access to health care, nutrition, and employment is severe. Residents include indigenous people and immigrant families that experience socio-cultural stigmatization. Opportunity for education is low, especially for women and children, and neglect from the state results in minimal, low-quality health services and high rates of unemployment.
Through strong community values and perseverance, the Andean people are doing the best they can without government aid. Families are coming together to cook for multiple households and to check on neighbors in need. With the right resources and opportunity, these grassroots efforts can change the lives of many in Mantaro Valley.
The Minka Project aims to help these Andean people during this critical time with a multi-pronged approach. Our priorities are to address chronic malnutrition and medical needs, create employment opportunities, and build social support structures for these communities to endure and succeed.
New Initiatives to Overcome the Pandemic:
17 July, 2021
Improve access and availability of nutritious foods, especially produce native to the Andes and grown using organic methods.
29 June, 2021
Educate the public on illness prevention while being inclusive and respectful of cultural and spiritual customs.
5 April, 2021
Establish business cooperatives and training to turn skills into job security for those without work.
10 april, 2021
Empower women economically and socially as leaders in their communities, through women-led support groups, health education, and business training.
3 may, 2021
educational and also emotional and affective support, to our children in addition to their mothers, key to a strong self-esteem that helps them face the future, in addition to controlling the strong emotional stress to which vulnerable people have been exposed by the pandemic