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Erick’s Egg Escapade

06/05/2020

As emergency Guatemalan legislation continues, our school is not opening any time soon. For now it’s a game of wait and see. So that meant it was time for our third monthly emergency drop to our 385 families. 

On Saturday 2 May we distributed 366 hampers in 4 hours. That simple fact is the result of a network of protracted negotiations, transportation complexities, camaraderie and sheer hard work. From 4.30am we filled four vehicles, in two trips over three and a half hours, to get all of the hampers in place ready for distribution. And a representative from each of the families showed up to collect, safely, at their allocated time.

How do we do it? Well, we keep in touch with our families, we phone them, often. We ensure they have the ability to get their hampers. And for those that don’t, I drive out to Ebenezer and Parramos. Both of these communities are out of the authorized area that people from Jocotenango can visit so I have letters from our Municipality to show I am delivering emergency food aid. The police check me and my car and I start driving at 6:30 in the morning to be back before curfew.  Every family I meet is really happy and thankful. 

And then this month we added eggs. You may think it’s a bit mad putting a dozen eggs in each hamper. (That’s 4260 for all you mathematicians :)) But the protein they contain is much needed for our families’ health and they make a great change from food cupboard staples. I received the eggs, from Romeo the distributor at 4:30 in the morning, really early. They brought them on a big truck, wrapped in cardboard and plastic. It took us an hour to take all of them out from the truck, finally we did it without breaking a single one! 

Because we could meet one member from every family we were even able to give out forgotten notebooks and some letters from sponsors. Students love receiving notes from sponsors - remember if you have any downtime during lockdown they’d be excited to receive your news and we’ll do our utmost to include your emails in the next hamper distribution. Simply contact sponsor@eftc.org.uk

Here is a total list of what each family received this month:

  • 2 lbs of whole black beans
  • 2 lbs of corn flour 
  • 2 powdered juice packets (makes 4 liters)
  • 2 lbs of powdered milk
  • 1 lb of cereal
  • 2 lbs of sugar
  • 1 lb of salt
  • 3 lbs of oatmeal
  • 1 lb of incaparina 
  • 3 lbs of rice
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 medium bag of refried beans
  • 2 lbs of different pastas 
  • 2 tomato sauce packets
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 3 soups
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper 
  • 1 bottle of disinfectant 
  • 2 small bags of bleach
  • Hand soap 
  • 1 mask