July 30, 2020
Plan to mitigate urgent needs (click on title to read the report)
July 2, 2020
Peru has been under a severe lock-down for the majority
of the Covid pandemic. In many rural communities, villagers have been policed
by martial law. Those over 60 haven’t been allowed to leave their homes and in
some situations we have heard of people not even being allowed to tend their
animals. The Apurimac State has recorded a little over 800 cases in their
region, with 13 deaths. Abancay (city housing AIDIA, our partners) has recorded
close to 350 cases. To date, AIDIA has been able to distribute 100 care baskets
to families in need in Abancay and closely surrounding areas.
July 1 was the date this area looked forward to as the
day these restrictions would be relaxed. Many stores with critical supplies
have been closed. Those which remained open have depleted supplies. Shelves have
been emptied of necessary basics like flour, pasta, sugar, and rice. It is expected these stores will be
replenished and others will resume business.
Like many places, travel has also been severely
restricted. Rural communities once accessible have been very limited to AIDIA
staff despite their permission to travel as aid distributors. These communities
have limited their access due to the belief the virus will come because of
outsiders. While this is true, it is not the whole issue. Hopefully this fear
will also dissipate as people are freer to move about. Aid is needed in so many
of these kinds of communities and they will be hurting themselves more by not
allowing aid to come in. AIDIA will be taking necessary measures to ensure safe
distribution. But I imagine, this is something not completely understood.
Enrique and Rocio (AIDIA trainers) moved to one such
village at the start of Covid, enabling them to help however they could. This
village, Socco, (sounds like So-ho) is where our last Peru team went to serve. This
church was planted in the last few years and they are on board to help them
navigate these days, as well as with the practical needs many are facing. Praise
God for their hearts to serve and be Jesus to many at this time.
It is the hope with the relaxation of the restrictions
that AIDIA will be able to purchase more goods and distribute them to the many
in need. Let’s be praying for this. The colder season is upon them and supplies
like blankets and medication have been difficult to access. There are many
elderly, single mothers and their children who are vulnerable this time of
year. Thank you CAC for your generosity and desire for help to be available to
some of the most vulnerable in these days.