News from our Partners – Artizan International, Ecuador
At the time of writing Ecuador has recorded 11,183 cases of Covid-19 and 560 deaths, however worldwide media reports indicate that the spread of the virus has been much more widespread and death figures are more likely around 10,000, particularly around the Guayas province which includes Ecuador’s largest city Guayaquil.
Our partners Artizan International are based in Santo Domingo, the fourth largest city in Ecuador and inland from the west coast. Rope supports them to provide vocational training in different craft based skills to people with disabilities, enabling them to become self-supporting artisans.
Our partners report that with a strict lockdown in place their programme is unable to function. The British volunteers who were leading the programme, took the very difficult decision to return to the UK in March and Artizan International are working with a number of local people, who will take up leadership and management of the project once lockdown restrictions are lifted.
All 21 artisans, both trainees and alumni, who use the centre are working from home. They have developed a system of collecting and paying for all the artisans’ finished work, so they can continue to income generate. The postal system is not currently operating so all items are being stored safely and will be sent out as soon as restrictions are lifted. Some of the stock has already been dispatched to the UK. If you would like to see more of their work, please go to Artizan International’s website: https://www.artizaninternational.com/shop.html
Please pray for:
- Every artisan and their family, that they remain safe and can continue to work from home and access the food and medicines that they need during lockdown.
- All those involved in connecting with the artisans, that journeys are safe and they remain healthy.
- For God’s hand on the plans for future leaders of this programme, that in this time of lockdown, He is preparing them for the next stage.
- For the stock which is already in UK to be sold and release funds for the ongoing support of the artisans.