Guatemala COVID-19 Update

 

February 19, 2021

 

As of February 19, there have been 169,610 cases of Covid-19 in Guatemala with 6,186 deaths.   All of our students continue to be safe at home with their families and are continuing their studies on-line, but most are affected by shortages of food as mothers and fathers are unable to work.  Hunger has become an issue for many families.  

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Q Fund  Student, Chonita, at work for Humans in Action mask initiative. 

The Quetzal University Fund is providing food supplements to the families of our students.  Each of the students has a bank account and funds are transferred electronically directly to their  bank accounts.  If you would like to contribute to this effort, please click here and designate your donation RELIEF FUND.

 

Several of our students are engaged in activities to fight the corona virus pandemic.  Four of our nursing students served as translators for a help line where people called in to get advice from medical professionals.  They provided a critical link for residents who speak only one of the indigenous languages and doctors and nurses who speak only Spanish and/or English.  The help line has now been disbanded.   One of our nursing students has been hired full time to staff a new clinic at the MAIA Impact School.  She is engaged in acquiring equipment for the clinic as well as building medical files for the students.  The clinic was made possible by funding from the Q Fund. 

 

We also have a student coordinating the process of mothers of MAIA students sorting and cutting t-shirt scraps to ready them for sewing into masks, and another in Antigua who is one of thekey folks helping to manage the Humans-in-Action mask initiative.  Check it out at:  https://www.maiaimpact.org/buy-a-mask-and-donate-three 

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Q Fund student Cristina managing the mask production project at the MAIA school

Our MAIA partner is also heavily engaged in the fight against the corona virus.  It provides a valuable source of information about the corona virus in the remote communities from which their students come.  Most notably, some of the staff have recorded public service announcements on prevention, symptoms, how the virus spreads, how to safely shop at the local markets, how to buy necessities, and social distancing, in three native languages.  These PSAs are receiving widespread distribution through radio and social media.  For more information on MAIA’s initiatives related to the corona virus:  https://www.maiaimpact.org/maias-response-covid19