Hurricane Iota and the COVID-19 pandemic are making life very difficult for indigenous people in Colombia and Venezuela. Children are the ones who suffer in particular. We need support to send immediate humanitarian aid. With a small donation you can help provide the families with the food they urgently need. Many Wayuu indigenous people have lost their livelihoods due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Iota. Help us to support indigenous people in this emergency. 

Since schools closed on March 23rd due to the national quarantine, the kids of Alta Guajira, Colombia, have stopped receiving the free meals given at school for each student. Regularly, such meals comprise the only meal a child would have during a day. La Guajira area presents the highest index of malnutrition in Colombia, showing a 2.25 times higher risk of childhood mortality due to malnutrition and disease, and because of it reports show nearly 5000 Wayuu children have died from preventable causes between 2012 and 2015, and this number may have exponentially increased at the moment. 



Following reasons worsen the situation of the Wayuu due to the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Little or no social security
  • Over-inflated prices for food supplies
  • High dependence on food markets in far-away cities
  • Children suffer hunger due to school closures, where they have meals
Due to the desertification phenomenom, the capacity to cultivate is extremely low. Therefore, the Wayuu depend on packaged goods such as rice, beans, corn and flour for their survival. But reaching food markets in far-away cities is a nearly impossible task during the quarantine. 
As this crisis goes on, the biggest challenge for our partners, the Wayuu women, is to obtain the basic food items and supplies their families so desperately need.

To make matters worse, in
 November, Hurricane Iota hit the coastal areas of both Colombia and Venezuela, aggravating the already difficult situation of the Wayuu indigenous people. Storms and heavy rains caused enormous damage to homes and land roads. Transport of goods became nearly impossible, and it remains extremely difficult, and as a consequence, it triggered food scarcity. The Wayuu peoples can only sow during the rainy season and they harvest during the months of December and January. The hurricane has destroyed the harvest of the majority of the Wayuu indigenous peoples and left the soil barren for the upcoming months.

Usually, spring is Mama Tierra’s busiest season. But during the COVID-19 Pandemic production has decreased, as boutiques stopped restocking Mama Tierra products due to lockdown and other restrictive measures. Mama Tierra funds its social programs through sales. But this will not stop us, as it is our great desire for the artisans to secure a full income, given that the Wayuu lack social security and assistance from the state. This is why we have initiated a fundraising campaign to continue helping the indigenous Wayuu in need.
We truly appreciate any contribution towards getting food and safe water to our communities, so that our Mama Tierra families can overcome their crisis due to COVID-19 and Hurricane Iota.

We wish you peace, love and health during these challenging times.

Sincerely,

The Mama Tierra Association Team

Your engagement brings food on the table
CHF 10 = 3 balanced meals in one day, including vegetables, for a family of approximately 10 people 
CHF 50 = Food for a family of about 10 people for a week
CHF 200 =  Food for a family of about 10 people for an entire month
CHF 500 = Transport of food to feed approximately 50 people
CHF 1000 = Takes care of 5 families, 50 to 60 people, for one month!

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