While social distancing has been helpful in preventing the spread of COVID19 in the Dominican Republic, it has also been a source of distress for the impoverished seniors living in Bateyes communities. These seniors are faced with this unfortunate reality: by distancing themselves from their community, they are cutting themselves off from the financial support they rely on to acquire their most basic needs especially the most important ones that are food and medicine.
Although some financial aid is available through the Dominican government, most people are not able to access it. Prior to the pandemic, the seniors were mostly supported through their social network, which includes extended family members, neighbours, and the broader community. Since social distancing took effect, this network, which consists of day labourers in construction, market vendors, and entrepreneurs, has dissolved as lockdown rules were put in place and as members from this network have lost their income. As a result of this disruption a large part of the senior community is left unsupported and at risk of starvation.
Any assistance you can offer will go a long way. A contribution of $40 to $50 can provide an individual with two weeks' worth of essentials. Thank you for considering this critical need!
We know these are very difficult times of uncertainty no matter where you live. and are so grateful for any assistance you can give. When donating, please put BATEYES SAN PEDRO PROJECT in the comment box in the form
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