Colombia is right now in a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. People were told to stay home as an attempt to help contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Unfortunately, staying home does not mean the same for everyone. While there are some who are taking this time to spend more time with their families, exercise or work on a personal project, there are others who are struggling daily to keep up with their finances, and those who can not even go out to buy daily necessities because of health related issues. If you're part of the former group of people, you're more than fortunate and in a position to help those in the latter group.
Here's a list of 5 ways you can help Colombians around you today!
1. Colombia cuida a Colombia
'Colombia cuida a Colombia' or 'Colombia takes care of Colombia' is an alliance of more than 240 organisations from both the public and private sector. Its main objective is to help the most vulnerable population affected by the coronavirus outbreak with food supplies and health assistance.
With the help and donations from Colombian citizens, 'Colombia cuida a Colombia' has managed to reach more than 600,000 beneficiaries.
If you want to be part of this initiative, click on the following link:
'AyudaCovidCo' is a platform created with the objective of connecting people in need of a specific service with those being able to contribute to that service.
Volunteers register on this platform and add a list of services they're willing to do for free. People in need of a service can contact the volunteers directly.
Some of the services listed by volunteers include food donations, grocery shopping and medical services.
If you want to learn more about this initiative, click on the link below:
3. Merca por dos, dona desde casa
'Merca por dos, dona desde casa' or 'Buy for two, donate from home' is an initiative created by students from 'El Bosque University' in Bogotá together with the Santa Alianza Foundation and The Colombian Red Cross.
This initiative encourages Colombians to buy some extra non-perishable food whenever they go grocery shopping. Some of the suggested food includes: oil, canned tuna, flour, bread, pasta, lentils, beans, rice, among others. The non-perishable food is collected in a box located in each residential building and it's then donated to the most vulnerable population of the city of Bogotá.
If you want to read more about this initiative, follow the link below:
4. Tarjeta Mercado por Colombia
'Tarjeta Mercado por Colombia' - a grocery shopping card - is an initiative created by Grupo Éxito, a supermarket chain in Colombia.
This 'grocery card' is basically a gift card meant to be used at a supermarket. You can buy them online or at one of the following supermarkets: Éxito, Carulla, Surtimax, Super Inter, Surtimayorista. The card is then offered to those in need of food supplies.
To learn more about this initiative, follow the link below:
5. Donatón por los animales
The national lockdown has not only been difficult for the Colombian population, but also for the animals living on the streets who depend on kind passing humans for their food.
'Donatón por los animales' - a fundraiser for animals - is an organisation based in the city of Medellín. With the support of the governor's office, this organisation has managed to create a network of volunteers and collect both food and monetary donations.
Organisations like this one have made it possible for the most vulnerable animals to have a plate of food during these hard times.
If you want to donate or read more about what this organisation is doing, click on the link below: