Solidarity Cooking, Feeding Hope
The government regulations in South America implemented to avoid the spread of COVID-19 have had direct consequences on the food systems, affecting the food security of people, especially those in vulnerable situations. Manq’a helps the ones who are most in need, by cooking nutritious meals.
ICCO Cooperation has promoted different actions through Manq’a, the gastronomy project for youth, so that gastronomy works as a bridge of solidarity between those who want to help and those most in need.
At the end of June, food and biosecurity material was delivered to 400 youths and their families in the city of El Alto (Bolivia) and in La Guajira (Colombia), to help them eat healthy and have biosecurity material to lessen the possibilities of contagion of Coronavirus.
In the last three weeks, the Manq’a Restaurant in Bolivia distributed 2,500 free lunches to people living on the street, elderly adults, migrants from Venezuela and people with disabilities. Furthermore, 400 nutritional lunches were given to doctors and nurses that were battling the virus at the main hospitals in La Paz and El Alto in Bolivia.
“I am very grateful for the help we received. With Manq’a I was able to reach a dream: to study and start a business. In this time of quarantine due to COVID 19, we all are going through a tough time. Receiving this support makes us feel we’re not alone”. Ofelia Quispe, young MANQ’A entrepreneur.
These actions were supported by among others Kerk In Actie, the World Food Program, The Embassy of France and Maria Marina Foundation. They don’t only support the most vulnerable people in society, but also generate employment and better life conditions for young cooks that have studied at our schools.