Hello Friends – I know these are difficult times for everyone around the world right now, but living in a third-world country among some of the poorest makes the reality of the situation a lot more front and center. The majority of people here are day wage earners that barely support their families, even during normal times. Most of them have now been without work for a month, due to the heavy restrictions imposed by the government in order to attempt to squelch the COVID-19 virus. I have helped several families as I’ve been able. But obviously the needs are great.
A few of my very good friends have started a relief effort to help the poorest of the poor among the locals here. I can personally vouch for the integrity of these women, as well as the others they are coordinating with to see that the food and supplies goes to the people who really need it the most. Since so many of you were generous in helping my friend Sigrid and me raise funds for our friend Edwin following the 2016 earthquake, I wanted to offer you that opportunity again. Sigrid is one of the ladies coordinating the campaign and donations can be made directly to her PayPal account (we are doing it that way to avoid the fees and complications of GoFundMe). This is purely a relief effort, not a 501c3 tax write off. But if you are interested in helping, I can promise you it’s a very worthy cause because 100% of the funds are going to the people that need it. Below are the details. If you’d like to contribute, please reach out to me personally, and I’m happy to provide the PayPal information (if you need to make a bank transfer, there is that option too).
CAYO CARES RELIEF PROJECT
There are many people who are suffering as a result of the COVID-19 community shut-down in Puerto Cayo, La Boca, and surrounding areas.
The Cayo Cares Relief Project is your opportunity to help support less fortunate individuals, particularly single parent families and the elderly. There is an on-going need among these families for specific staple foods, sanitary items, children’s supplies and medicine.
The organizers of the Cayo Cares Relief Project are working with trustworthy local leaders to distribute critical supplies ONLY to those most in need. This program hopes to continue throughout this time of difficulty for so many.
THIS WEEK we plan to:
1. Identify the initial recipients,
2. Purchase the needed items,
3. RAISE THE NECESSARY FUNDS
Your on-going contribution to this worthy community project will make a BIG DIFFERENCE. Contributions can be made in cash, bank transfers and by Paypal. No amount is too small.