During the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of families worldwide are facing financial difficulties, resulting in the increase of poverty and hunger.
In the north of Brazil, in the riverside city of Laranjal do Jari, university students joined forces to receive and distribute donations to people living in isolated areas of Amapá state.
The initiative was called ‘Laranjal Solidário’ (Laranjal Solidarity, in English) and was conceived by Estefhany Karoline Oliveira, a 22-year-old student of the Federal University of Amapá. She and 6 friends promoted the idea on social media to request donations and engage more volunteers.
They include in the food basket a flyer with informations on how to avoid spreading COVID-19 and a Whatsapp contact number that local residents can call to report additional families in need.
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) acquired 4,175 basic food baskets to help the initiative, which were allocated by the Labour Department of Pará and Amapá states and distributed by Rede Amapá Solidário (Amapá Solidarity Network, in English).