There’s a box of pots, pans, mugs, and cutlery, and a bag with bath and laundry soap, toothbrushes and other personal hygiene items. Jennifer and Leonel’s son, Daniel, a six-year-old sponsored child, gets a bag to carry, too.
All together, the goods weigh 75 kilos—about 165 pounds. Yet the packages quickly disappear down lanes and up hills, carried by hand or loaded on bicycle rickshaws.
“I’m happy we received tarpaulins,” says Jennifer. “We will use this as a temporary roof because the tin sheets were blown away by the wind.”d
Jennifer’s family of five has been using their small cooking space for sleeping, cooking, and everything else, she says. It’s the only part of the house that still has a roof.
Jennifer hopes the goods will tide them over until Leonel can return to work.