“They asked us to stay at home, but a lot of people have no savings so that was impossible. They asked us to wash our hands, but 1 in 3 poor households has access to running water… Only half of the Peruvian homes have refrigerators, forcing many families to return daily to crowded markets, a major source of contagion”, said Peruvian Hugo Ñopo to The New York Times.
Peru has been extremely vulnerable to the Covid-19 pandemic due to its socio-economic circumstances. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, 20% of Peru’s 33 million population lived below the poverty line, but it is estimated that this crisis will push an additional 8% of the population into extreme poverty. On this and other socio-economic indicators, Covid-19 is likely to wipe out the last decade of progress in Peru.
This is why, in February, as the country was about to go into a lockdown, Help Peru started to take action and work with NGOs on the ground to provide relief to the most urgent needs. A few months later, from June 15th to July 28th, 2020, we started the #Relief4Peru campaign.
Help Peru has responded to the Covid-19 emergency by funding relief operations of organizations in:
- Healthcare: providing
protection for healthcare workers & treatment for COVID-19 patients; supplying water filters
- Education: producing radio programs to inform about COVID-19 prevention in the Amazon, and audiobooks to be broadcasted on the radio for homeschooling
- Food: providing food baskets for families in Lima, the highlands and Arequipa
With the support of individual donors, companies, artists and others we managed to double our goal, raising almost half a million dollars! Thanks to all of you who donated or contributed in any way to the campaign.
Delivery of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies to Amazonian villages.
Delivery of water filters to a youth shelter in a remote area of the Cusco highlands.
Delivery of food baskets to the population of remote villages around Pisac (Cusco).