After the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic in Colombia and the national decree of confinement that is scheduled until April 26, Colombians join in solidarity movements for the most vulnerable in society. At the time of writing, Colombia has 3977 confirmed cases of the virus, 804 cured and 189 deceased.
According to some parameters, Colombia is one of the 10 countries with the greatest inequality in the world, with almost half of the population depending on informal work. Other families are homeless or unemployed. There are also 1.4 million Venezuelan immigrants affected by the measures taken to stop the spread of the virus. To support these groups, citizens, private entities, and government leaders in various municipalities have organized solidarity initiatives.
Citizens with low incomes campaign and collect to supply markets to those most in need in their environments. In the following video, you can see the solidarity group of the Diego Echavarria Misas Educational Institution, made up of active student teachers and graduates, and parents, who together make donations and manage deliveries to members of impoverished communities in Medellín.
Business campaigns are heard in the media, too. #TodosParaTodos is a campaign of the National Federation of Merchants with the assignment of a line of attention so that a doctor or psychologist on a voluntary basis, provides accompaniment and shares their knowledge with the people who require it during this quarantine call.
#AllForAll It seeks to bring together professionals from different branches, who voluntarily wish to share time from home to assist those who have doubts about different topics. The idea is to create a support network during the quarantine in Colombia.# Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/lGiMQHJkoZ
– Fenalco Atlántico (@Fenalco_Atl) March 28, 2020
Another initiative has been the generation of temporary shelters that, from the leadership of the city of Medellín, the capital of Antioquia, have been improvised with logistics and comprehensive coordination. There, entire families who were impacted by the measures taken by the virus can rest.
Thus, two shelters were initially established in the facilities of the Institute of Sports and Recreation of Medellín. One is in the Belén neighborhood for people over 18 years old and the other is in the Florencia neighborhood for 30 families with at least one minor per household. Both neighborhoods are middle class. In other cities in Colombia, similar preventive isolations were organized in various coliseums and sports centers.
A “donatón” was also successfully called by the mayor of Medellín, called # DonatónPorMedellín, to raise funds to pay for other homeless people, as well as to supply fans and implement medical personnel who take care of the Covid-19.
The #TeletonPorMedellin summoned by @QuinteroStreet It will be a very important indicator to know how supportive we are even with the knowledge of many about the serious economic situation that is coming, according to experts.
– Mauricio Correa (@emecorrea) April 10, 2020
Amid these government initiatives, there were also complaints and suspicions of corruption at the state level. For example, institutions such as the Office of the Comptroller General and the Office of the Attorney General have found exaggerated expenses that would lead to the misuse of public resources by some government leaders for projects related to the provision of hospitals or aid to markets linked to this contingency by COVID-19. , which would go into investigation.