To bring hot, healthy vegetarian meals to the children and families that relied on the daily lunches that village schools provided before the quarantine hit and schools closed.
The quarantine has been hard for everyone, but especially for the children and families in La Guajira, Colombia. We are based out of Palomino, which is home to a lot of lesser - fortunate families, including many indegenious people from the various tribes of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Many children relied on their daily school lunch as (for some) their only meal per day. When the quarantine hit and the schools closed, it left many families in a desperate state and many children wondering when their next meal will be.
A few months back, Proyecto Amor was started by two ex-pats that call Palomino their home after they saw kids kicking around a broken football for entertainment, and realized that they wanted to do something to help the community. They were very successful in their fundraising efforts and started a project where they delivered hot meals to the poorest neighbourhoods in Palomino during the quarantine, feeding up to 250 children a day.
Not only did they provide clothes, toys and reliable meals but they hired local women that were without jobs to cook and prepare these meals, rotating between several to give an income to the families they knew needed it the most.
Eventually, the quarantine ended and the donations ran out so the project quieted down for a bit. Schools have still not opened back up and the situation has not gotten better for these familes, so Proyecto Amor is back up with a team of motivated hearts and lots of hungry mouths to feed!
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