COVID-19 New Water Drop Policies
The spread of COVID-19 has helped lead to new policies on Water Drops. These mobile hand washing stations are for everyone to wash their hands before we head on our treks and after we finish.
This, with continued use of gloves, hand sanitizer in between washings while distancing ourselves and wiping down our supplies we leave in the desert as much as we can will help minimize any risk for us going out there and those who receive our supplies.
This is currently a weekly effort. We are going out on small routes every weekend. Since we are unable to take everyone out like our public Water Drops, we are trying to purchase as many supplies to leave out as possible.
If you would like to donate a few dollars to help us purchase some supplies, we can leave as much as we can out there and try to make up for not being able to host larger groups.
For any questions regarding desert work, please email Water Drop Directors Jacqueline Arellano or James Cordero at email@example.com
While Water Drops in the time of COVID-19 are different, we have not abandoned the desert. Water Drops are just not the same as they used to be.
Instead of bigger groups twice a month, we are having smaller groups every weekend (until it is safe to have larger groups again). Smaller groups every weekend, in hopes to maximize our efficiency since we have had to reduce about 75% of attendance, and limit these drops to mostly our Water Drop Leadership Team.
With these smaller groups, each member carries more supplies to try to offset as much as possible the smaller group size. Everyone right now is carrying at least double the amount of supplies as normal.
We are also still removing trash from the desert as well, and each person is carrying out more trash than normal.
As the photos show, movement in the desert and mountains is still very active, and we have a responsibility to be out there.
With mobile handwashing stations at our vehicles before and after we return, sanitizing wipes to treat all supplies when they are left, using hand sanitizer as needed and keeping a distance from each other is how we are creating a safe working environment for all.
Thank you so very much to everyone who is still coming out with us. We know everyone wants to come out and join, but right now we are very limited. If you would like to make an immediate contribution, we have an Amazon wish list for safety supplies in our bio, as well as we are accepting monetary donations for purchasing supplies for each Water Drop (make sure to state for Water Drops). For any questions, please contact Water Drop Co-Director James a Cordero at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelter Aid Update in Tijuana
Border Angels will continue to adapt and respond to emergency humanitarian crises the way it has for so many years. Receiving news of the border closure just reassures that we are taking the correct and responsible measures to provide shelter aid. Our team and Executive Director continue working diligently to ensure the needs of our beloved migrant community in Tijuana are being met and that we are protecting those most vulnerable by not exposing them to the COVID-19 outbreak Despite the inability to receive physical donations, monetary donations are helping our various shelter directors provide supplies and food for their inhabitants. We thank you for keeping our families and children fed, healthy, and hopeful through your continued support, as well as showing us just how much love and kindness can do in such trying times!
Shelter Aid Update
Our Executive Director is personally ensuring that aid reaches the shelters we support. Although we are being careful to protect those most vulnerable among us, we are working directly with the directors of shelters we support, like Pastor Salvador from Roca Salvacion. Just yesterday, with our donations, Pastor Salvador was able to buy food, cleaning supplies and pay for gas for the shelter he runs currently housing 80 people. Through our Shelter Aid program we are able to help him and the rest of our migrant friends buy food and other necessities they need to prepare for the coronavirus epidemic.
As always, we thank you for your continued support!
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