The current Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted livelihoods all over the world. Peru is suffering from a high number of coronavirus infections and dealing with the consequences of strict quarantine rules. Many are without work and access to medical care is extremely limited.
The FACES Foundation has always been committed to developing strong partnerships with the local community. The team has returned to Lambayeque, Peru twice a year for the last 12 years. Through the FACES Patient Coordinator, Delia Delgado, the surgical team has maintained contact with patients. Once it is safe to travel, the team will return to Peru and continue caring for children with cleft deformities.
Thanks to the support of many generous donors during the Spring Raffle, the FACES Foundation raised over $10,000 to aid the Lambayeque community during this incredibly challenging time. The Grantees include:
- Colegio Médico del Perú (Peruvian Medical College) – Governing body for professional ethics and strengthening of the medical field in Peru. Critical in acquiring and distributing personal protective equipment in the regions during the pandemic.
- Resiste Lambayeque (Lambayeque Resists) – Community organization whose work has pivoted during the pandemic to a focus on hunger relief, in alliance with Catholic Charities. Currently delivering food boxes, masks, and other necessities to families impacted by unemployment during this time.
- El Cantaro Rest. Turístico (Tourist Restaurant El Cantaro) – Restaurant run by leaders who play a central role in organizing hunger relief by offering weekly food distribution to families at no cost during the pandemic.
- Café Feminino – Feminine leadership in coffee production and economic empowerment. This group is critical in the distribution of humanitarian aid during the pandemic to more remote areas, including the mountain regions.
- Club de Leones, Lambayeque (Lions Club) – Irreplaceable and highly trusted local partner for FACES throughout the entire year, providing main point of contact for families pre and post-surgery. Heavily impacted by the pandemic, they are continuing to maintain communication with families and preparing to take on the work of preparing for FACES surgical missions later this year.