AMERICA/PERU - Solidarity, the strength to overcome the health emergency

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 coronavirus   poverty   economy   solidarity  


Lima (Agenzia Fides) - The situation of "semi paralysis" of the economy of many countries, following the global health emergency, is leading on the one hand to see pictures of extreme poverty and on the other hand, the organized solidarity of many Catholic communities in the world. One of these cases is in Peru, where several dioceses have organized themselves to materially help those who have nothing at all.
The diocese of Chosica, reads the note sent to Fides by the Peruvian Episcopal Conference, concerned about the most vulnerable families who cannot obtain food during this quarantine due to the coronavirus, has prepared packages with food and non-perishable products for the needy in the districts of San Juan de Lurigancho, Santa Anita, Ate-Vitarte, Huaycán, Chaclacayo, Chosica, Santa Eulalia, Matucana, among other areas belonging to the diocese. Donations are delivered, through parish priests, to every home of families living in extreme poverty.
In the diocese of Lurín, around 50 parishes have come together to help the most needy populations in southern Lima who have been most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The general secretary of Cáritas Lurín, Fr. Omar Sánchez Portillo, invited the community to help the poorest Peruvians in a concrete way. The campaign began on March 19 and since March 27, 18,000 baskets have been delivered to families living in southern Lima, as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID -19 in the country. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 31/3/2020)