COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program

Emergency Relief Program

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions in Guatemala to curb the spread of the virus, many of some of the most vulnerable families are suffering. The loss of income could mean catastrophe for many families. Already working with a vulnerable population, Champions in Action feels compelled to support these families during this time of great need.

How It Works

Since the start of the pandemic, the majority of the families in our program have lost jobs or are at an extremely reduced income level. Champions in Action already works with some of the most vulnerable populations in Guatemala City and the surrounding areas. This loss of income has been, and will continue to be catastrophic for these families. 

  • 92.5% of families depend on Champions in Action food bags as their main food source.
  • 80% of families have experienced job loss or salary cuts due to the pandemic, some living on as little as $70/month for a family of 6.
  • School will officially remain remote for the remainder of the 2020 year. 63% of kids say they don’t have the necessary materials/equipment to succeed at distance learning. 
  • Many youth have had to drop out of school recently due to being unable to pay for internet and other costs associated with distance learning. Only 21% of all our kids have access to internet. 
  • 72% of families who have needed medical attention or medicine have been unable to get access to care due to lack of finances. 
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EXTREME NEED FAMILIES

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MED-HIGH NEED FAMILIES

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MED-LOW NEED FAMILIES

For the remainder of 2020, Champions in Action is committed to alleviating the nutrition and food concerns of our families. Healthy food baskets – with items like beans, rice, nutrient fortified drinks, soap and other essential items – will be prepared for the families and distributed according to their need. Mentors have also been trained in proper health protocols, been provided masks and a full hygiene kit for when visiting families. 

Champions in Action is always re-evaluating the needs of our kids and families to continue to provide relief efforts that address the whole child. In light of the newest information on access to internet, distance learning and health needs, our staff is working to create further support programs to address some of these needs.

Our year-round mentorship program has continued through this pandemic in order to continue investing in the lives of the youth, with activities like:

  • monthly devotion workbooks and reading plans
  • an exciting cyber league to keep the competition and fun alive. 
  • Weekly check-ins with mentors via text, social media or social distancing
  • virtual mentor school with leaders in areas like public health, mental health, suicide prevention, motivation and sports training
  • sports and creativity challenges
  • much more!

How You Can Help

Taking action to support Champions in Action’s work takes a lot of different shapes:

1) Become a donor: it costs $180/team/month to ensure all 205 families receive their food bags. For some families, these food bags are their only food source. 

2) Become a sponsor: sponsors have a more intimate relationship with one specific team. Sponsors contribute monthly towards their team and receive detailed monthly updates on their team’s kids and mentors.

3) Be an advocate: Help us spread the word about our programs and work in Guatemala by connecting us with your church, business or others in your network. 

4) Speak at Mentor School: Do you have a skill or background applicable to our mentors during this time? We’re always looking for volunteers to help train our mentors to further impact the lives of the kids. No Spanish skills needed – we can subtitle or live translate your talk.

5) Donate your skills: It takes a lot to keep an international non-profit running. Donating skills – like web design, video editing, photography and others – makes a huge impact. 

Email us today to get involved!