Caritas Mexico responds to over 70,000 calls for help during pandemic

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15/06/2020
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The Church's work is fundamental in facing the pandemic. Organizations like Caritas are working with businessmen and other institutions to intensify the response in high-risk areas. In Mexico, for example, they've established a hotline to stay close to the people.

ROGELIO NARVÁEZ
Executive Secretary, Caritas Mexico
“We've received and met around 70,000 requests for aid. We're talking about 70,000 families, which also means 70,000 families who have been shown support from charity to human contact. We have 45,000 food pantries already set up and another 15 to 20 thousand still to set up.”

During an online meeting organized by Rome Reports Premium, two guest speakers explained how this difficult moment has sparked solidarity.

ROGELIO NARVÁEZ
Executive Secretary, Caritas Mexico
“There's a transformation of entrepreneurship. First, it takes pity. It recognizes the face of a brother. I think it's fundamental that it has taken on a semblance of universality that has something to contribute to society.”

In some African and Latin American countries, the action of the local Church is often the only option in the fight against the pandemic. Actions range from meal plans to economic and medical assistance.

GONZALO SALES
Director, Juan Ciudad Foundation
“The problems we face regarding local government jobs is the lack of resources in the public health systems. So in many cases, we've become necessary collaborators in the development of different countries' health systems. In many cases, we're supplementing governments to provide access to health care.”

Added to that is the fear of losing their income and, thereby, increasing hunger and desperation in a community that becomes more vulnerable everyday.

Daniel Díaz Vizzi

Translation: CT

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