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Update posted by Pierre Henry On Jul 04, 2020

Thank you again to all of you who contributed! Amazing response!

Here is the financial situation of this campaign at the moment:

In summary: we have already made two food deliveries with the help of our campaign's funding, in addition to the two deliveries that were already made before, on local funding alone. And we still have funds for at least 2 or 3 deliveries of the same size, probably more, depending on local donations.

Here is the detail of each delivery we made to date,and which amounts of food were purchased and delivered.

The amounts are in Bolivianos (BOB, the local currency) and Euros. The exchange rate is about 7.75 BOB for one EUR.

Note: the quintal is a weight unit that is much used in Bolivia for food in wholesale. For example, the big bags of rice, flour etc. are often one or one half quintal. One quintal is worth 45 kg. That is why many of the quantities below are in multiple of 45 kg.

As you can see, a relatively small amount of money goes a very long way!

This last Wednesday I had the day off, I so went on the delivery trip with Cristina and Paola. They hired a "micro" (small bus) to transport us and all the food.

This time, in addition to the "ollas comunes" in our area, we went further from the city center too, where less help reaches. We were really on the outskirts of town, where the urban area meets the countryside. We had a contact for one "olla comun" in that area and found another two. It was really a mixed feeling. Glad to be able to help, of course, but also sad to see the conditions these people live in. Especially now, since the weather is quite bad (there was even flooding a week ago), and the houses provide little shelter against the cold and the wind.

I'll let the pictures I took tell the story better than words.



And here some more photos taken the woman who organizes one of the ollas comunes:



The Covid-19 situation in Bolivia keeps getting worse and the number of cases gets higher, especially in Santa Cruz. Despite that, and because of social and political pressure, the lock down is getting eased starting next week, with some activities starting again, some shops open, some public transportation allowed and so on.

But the economy has been so badly hit that the situation is not going to get much better for the most affected people any time soon. It is actually quite visible and shocking: at almost every intersection in the city, there are now people begging, for money and food. Sometimes whole families are there, small children selling sweets for a few cents etc. On our delivery trip we had some individual bags packed with essential foods: rice, pasta, flour, beans... So we could give them to some of these people begging. But it really felt like a drop in the ocean.

So, all we hope is for the situation to get better as soon as possible, and for us to be able to keep helping for as long as we can.

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Update posted by Pierre Henry On Jun 23, 2020

First of all, thank you so much to all the contributors! The response to this campaign has been amazing!

Until the end of last week, we have been able to give 8000 BOB (Bolivianos, the local currency, or just over 1000 euros) to Cristina who is the one buying the food. This was an advance out of our pocket since there is a one week delay before the funds here on GoGetFunding are available to withdraw.

Our goal is not to increase the weekly food purchases much, but to use the money, in addition to the funding Bolivian people have been giving from the start, to be able to continue buying food each week over a longer period. Unlike what I initially wrote in the campaign description, we are able to provide not just 200 but almost 1000 meals a day with about 5-600 euros per week. So we now have ensured that we can continue for several more weeks.

So again, big thanks to all of you! You can all be proud!

The preparations are still ongoing for the next food delivery, with most of the buying done. We will post a detailed update, including detailed spending report, when it's done. In the meanwhile here are some pictures of the last days:

Paola (left) and Cristina, the two ladies who organize everything here.

Paola (left) and Cristina, the two ladies who organize everything here.


The supplies bought on last Friday. I took the picture in our apartment building's common area where it was stored.


Individual bags for the people standing at the crossroads trying to get a little money from the passing cars.

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Fabi et Pierre-Henri merci pour ce que vous faites pour notre Bolivie et de nous donner aussi l'occassion de pouvoir contribuer. Je vous connais et cela ne m'étonne pas de votre part vous avez un grand coeur, de même que ceux des gens qui travaillent avec vous pour la même cause. Besitos

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Cher Pierre, chère Fabiola, J'espère que ce petit geste vous permettra de soulager quelque peu les colombiens qui sont tellement dans le besoin. Olivia se joint à moi pour vous souhaiter tout le bonheur pour vos enfants. Je vous embrasse Pascal

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