With humanitarian aid to 37 vulnerable indigenous families in the Ngöbe Bugle community in Talamanca, they began delivering food diaries and basic cleaning products to 5,000 indigenous families affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
The operation, which is expected to reach 22 indigenous territories in the course of next week, is coordinated by the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention (CNE) with the Vice Ministry of Social Dialogue, the Indigenous Community Committees and the Municipal Committees of emergency.
This was reported by the president of the CNE, Alexander Solís, indicating that the objective is “to guarantee the safety of the families that live in those communities. Bringing supplies to populations prevents them from moving to other places and therefore minimizes the risk of contagion by COVID-19, “he said.
These daily essentials include foods like oil, rice, beans, tuna, oatmeal, milk, sugar, salt, pasta, and powdered milk. In addition, a package of cleaning supplies with disinfectants and gel alcohol is delivered.
This Thursday 530 packages were sent to the communities of Nairi Awarí, Keköldi, Talamanca Cabécar and Zapatón. For this Friday and Saturday and Monday of next week, another 3,721 newspapers and cleaning items will be transferred to the indigenous territories of Limón, San José, Puntarenas and Guanacaste.
Rándall Otárola, Deputy Minister of Dialogue, reported that hard work has been done jointly by the Indigenous Community Committees to clearly establish the most urgent needs of the indigenous population.
The leader highlighted the effective and prompt attention of indigenous committees in dealing with the emergency in the delivery and distribution of packages.
Aid is being delivered house by house thanks to the articulation between institutions such as the Red Cross, Costa Rican Firefighters, CCSS, IMAS, INDER, CONAI, among others.
In Costa Rica there are 22 indigenous territories and there are eight indigenous sociocultural groups: cabécares, bribris, ngäbe, térrabas, borucas, huetares, malekus and chorotegas.