In the week of December 4, teams from the Sustainable Jururti Institute took food, hygiene kits and especially attention to families from 14 communities on the Mamurú River, in Pará. The action is part of the “Juruti Contra Covid-19” project, an initiative of the PPA Solidarity, received investments from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) by NPI Expand, Alcoa Foundation, Partners for the Amazon Platform (PPA) and Juruti Family Agriculture Cooperative (Cooafajur).
The communities are about 12 hours by boat from Juruti, in a very isolated area. These locations have great difficulty in accessing foods such as oil and rice, which are not produced in the region. In addition, the infrastructure is also precarious, such as lack of basic sanitation and a lot of connection difficulties, since the few antennas work only with diesel generators.
Valdemira Pereira dos Santos, Vice President of the Nova Canaã Community told how the circulation is difficult: “It is an honor to welcome you, in this pandemic we are finding it very difficult. I am very happy that you came to deliver the basic baskets and kits because many of us had nothing today, they arrived at the right time to help. We really need support, it’s very difficult to get out of here when we need it. ”
The same action will be repeated in the first week of January, delivering more baskets to 1000 families in the Mamuru River region and the seat of the municipality. Totaling 2 thousand basic baskets and hygiene and cleaning kits that have helped to minimize the effects of the pandemic to families that were directly impacted, as well as to support the prevention of the new corona virus. Families are selected according to vulnerability criteria, in partnership with local authorities.
The “Juruti Contra Covid-19” project, since September, has been working in Juruti with actions such as Risk Communication, aiming to bring preventive and orientative communication to the population with soap operas, newsletters, publications for social media and support for field teams , Workshop for Popular Health and Cleaning Agents, and donation of cleaning products in all posts and medical units in the municipality, donation of hospital items to the municipal health department.
“The Juruti Contra Covid-19 Project, established a landmark in the region of Mamurú Rio, is the most distant region from the municipality of Juruti, where it houses traditional, riverside and indigenous populations. The project, through its actions such as Risk Communication, donation of basic food baskets, hygiene kits, prevention kits, training of community members to help in communities that do not have the presence of doctors or health centers, were fundamental in this pandemic moment. " says Elber Diniz, IJUS Project Manager.
The actions of the project will take place until May 2021 with the objective of combating the effects of the pandemic on the population of Juruti, Western Pará.
"I really liked it since the first workshop that you came to, talked about the pandemic. We are forgotten, and with this support that came with a basic basket and kits expanding to our river it is a help that I hope will come more often ”. Milene Fernandes Correia, Mocambo Community resident.
THE Sustainable Juruti Institute (IJUS) was established in August 2008, the IJUS recognized as a Public Utility Organization for the State of Pará.
THE Institute is composed by the Sustainable Juruti Council - CONJUS, an organ aimed at promoting collective dialogue between social organizations, public authorities and private initiative; Sustainable Juruti Fund - FUNJUS, a financial mechanism aimed at investments in projects aimed at local sustainable development; and indicators to monitor aspects of socio-economic development in Juruti. Council, Fund and Indicators, together, are part of the “Sustainable Juruti Tripod” strategy, which has guided IJUS 'activities since its inception.
The Sustainable Juruti Institute is composed of representatives of civil society, companies and local government, and one of its main characteristics is the non-partisan nature.
USAID, NPI Expand, the Partners for the Amazon Platform (PPA) and SITAWI Finanças do Bem have teamed up to create a partnership to help combat COVID-19 in Brazil. The “PPA Solidarity: Response to COVID-19 in the Amazon is an initiative that engages the private sector in strategic partnerships to leverage innovative and scalable solutions to strengthen the rapid response to emergencies and combating COVID-19. The initiative will work with civil society and private sector partners on four lines of action: Mobilize communication campaigns on risks and community engagement in mitigation and protection measures to address COVID-19 and empower vulnerable communities and / or isolated to protect against exposure and transmission of COVID-19; Promote measures to prevent and control infections by COVID-19 in health facilities and communities; Support the local health system (hospitals, health posts and community health units / services) to respond and control COVID-19 through health and surveillance services; Support entrepreneurs, small social impact businesses and startups, producer groups and cooperatives with small financial contributions, business advisory services and access to low interest loans or microcredit.