The most unforeseen result of the COVID-19 pandemic amongst the students, and their families, we serve around the globe has been the loss of support for food, basic necessities and PPE.
We at Orphaned Starfish have stepped up to provide additional support to many of our programs most in need, providing food & necessary supply baskets (aka canastas or cestas depending where in the world you are) to hundreds of children and families around the world. I could not be prouder of the teachers and program directors we work with for finding creative ways to distribute this lifesaving supplies we are funding.
Some of the greatest pictures I have received since the start of the COVID-19 crisis have been from the recipients of these packages and I would love to share a few:
OUR HERO: Carlos Andres, OSF Scholarship Recipient
We have known Carlos Andres, a former OSF computer class participant turned scholarship recipient from Bogota, Colombia, since he was a kid. Today, he is a 21-year-old studying musical production. As the pandemic began to unfold in rural areas of Colombia near Carlos Andres, he wrote us describing the abject poverty he was witnessing in his area. He recounted that many impoverished Colombians and Venezuelan refugees had “not a morsel to eat”. He asked if we could fund the equivalent of $1,000 USD and that he would buy, package, transport and distribute all the goods to over 50 families in his village. We funded the requested amount and, our hero, Carlos Andres, with the upmost integrity, did everything he said he would. He immediately sent photos of all the receipts of the goods he purchased, along with proof of each and every one of the recipients and their goods being distributed (added above). We could not be prouder of Carlos Andres taking such initiative to put these families first and go above and beyond to ensure they were taken care of. Carlos Andres, we salute you. Thank you for your contribution.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SUPPORT OSF. YOU ARE NOT ONLY CHANGING LIVES YOU ARE NOW SAVING THEM AS WELL.
Please continue to give at www.osf.org/covid-response.