Coronavirus Emergency Relief

A fundraiser for Sister Parish communities affected by the coronavirus emergency in Guatemala and El Salvador.  You can donate on our Mighty Cause page.

All Sister Parish communities in El Salvador and Guatemala will all be affected by the pandemic. Contributions on this page will be used for emergency aid to Sister Parish communities. The details will be decided by the southern communities based on their needs, but could include food aid, hygiene or medical supplies, agricultural products, or funds to pay electricity or water bills.

In the short-term, we are seeing an immediate need for food and basic supplies in urban and semi-urban areas, as well as rural communities affected by the drought last year.  A drastic rise in lay-offs, the sudden lack of tourism, the drop in remittances from the U.S., and the lack of public transportation have left communities already living in poverty at risk of further hunger and illness.

As the virus spreads and the global economic impact sets in, the pandemic will affect everyone and expose all preexisting inequalities and other deadly “pandemics”, including racism, hunger, malnutrition, homelessness, lack of access to water, and lack of access to health care.  This is, of course, also true in the U.S.

In the context of this emergency, we are called to help our neighbors, near and far, however we can.  Wherever possible, we will seek out collaboration with other organizations and mutual aid solutions.  As an organization that focuses on relationships, our members in Central America will still have decision-making power about relief efforts in their communities.

In Sister Parish, we are one family and we will care for each other despite borders. In this time of uncertainty and hardship, may we find new ways to care for people in our communities, our families, our sistering relationships, and ourselves.  We have our faith to ground us and we will find new ways of holding each other up. This is what gives us hope. This is how we get through this together.

How much does aid cost in Central America?
(Based on aid being distributed in communities now)

$10-25 = A small basket of food and basic supplies for 1 family
$35 = 1 can nutritional supplement for people with special needs
$55 = 50 disposable face masks or 18 N-95 face masks
$75 = 1 kit of medicine to treat COVID-19
$100 = 1 no-touch thermometer for a local health clinic
$225 = Bags of food and basic supplies for 15 families
$400 = Electric repairs for the local health clinic
$465 = Cost of food for one month for a family of 4 or 5 in Guatemala

About Sister Parish, Inc.
Sister Parish exists to foster mutual understanding and commitment to peace and justice among people in the United States and Central America.  This objective is pursued through intentional linking between churches and Christian communities in the United States and Central America.  Delegation travel to the North and South with home stays is an essential aspect in enhancing awareness and understanding, and nurturing closer relationships.

Where we work:

– Chinautla and Villa Nueva, Guatemala
– San Andres Itzapa, Chimaltenango
– Cunen, Ixcan and Chichicastenango, El Quiche
– El Estor, Izabal

El Salvador
– Chalatenango, Las Vueltas, Nombre de Jesus, and San Antonio Los Ranchos, Chalatenango
– Zaragoza, La Libertad

Photo: Urban community in Chinautla, Guatemala. By Life Image, LLC.