Loughborough based Randal Charitable Foundation has partnered with Nottingham based Education for the Children to support 385 Guatemalan families who have been left without access to basic food and medical supplies as the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic continues to unfold in Guatemala.
The life-saving donation of £24,000 allows staff at La Escuela Esperanza (School of Hope) in Jocotenango to carry on their vital work in sourcing, packing and delivering emergency food hampers and vital medicines to students and their families who are currently not able to attend school or work to support themselves.
The School of Hope provides education for 476 students, with a further 226 supported in further education studies. Due to the lockdown the foundation’s teaching, health, nutrition and social care staff are unable to directly interact with students but, like every country around the world are coming up with innovative ideas to keep students happy, healthy and learning.
Project Director, Sara Miller commented “We were so emotional when we heard that the Randal Charitable Foundation had answered the appeal to feed our families. In this constantly unfolding situation, knowing that we have the backing of such a prestigious organization to sustain our families’ nutrition is wonderfully reassuring. We can continue to provide emergency hampers whilst also focusing our staff’s effort to help students’ learn and manage their emotions and fears about the pandemic”.
Dr Kotecha, Founder and Trustee of The Randal Charitable Foundation commented: “We are delighted to be a part of ensuring that hundreds of Guatemalans continue to be supported by The School of Hope through and beyond the pandemic. The Foundation has been extremely impressed with the scope of Education For The Children’s work in Guatemala”.