Our mission is to provide charitable relief and improve the quality of life
for the impoverished and underprivileged children of Peru and their families.
GREETINGS FROM MITA'S FOUNDATION
We hope you are all doing well and staying safe and healthy during the global pandemic. As Mita’s Foundation reaches its 10th year in 2020, we are introducing a quarterly newsletter to inform our supporters about our activities during the past season.
10TH ANNIVERSARY CHARITY GALA
The gala on March 14, 2020, at the Tulsa Renaissance Hotel was a success, even before we followed the new social distancing guidelines that went into effect a few days after the event. Hosted by Mike Grogran, FOX23 News meteorologist, and attended by numerous dignitaries from Tulsa, Oklahoma, the gala raised funds to help the impoverished children and their families in Peru. We also honored four Orgullo Hispano that evening:
Monica Blendowski, Deputy Sheriff with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office
Daniel Chaboya, Director of the English as a Second Language Program at Tulsa Community College
Elian Hurtado-Jarve, Director of Client Services for Tulsa Habitat for Humanity
Rodrigo Rojas, Director of Community Relations at the Gathering Place
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2020 ORGULLO HISPANO AWARD RECIPIENTS (LEFT TO RIGHT): DANIEL CHABOYA, MONICA BLENDOWSKI, ELIAN HURTADO-JARVE AND RODRIGO ROJAS.
EMERGENCY DONATIONS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS
As the coronavirus spread around the world this past spring, Mita's Foundation board members voted to use emergency funds to help the underserved in Peru stay safe and cared for, especially since Peru is the second most infected country in South America. The emergency funds were used to buy much needed food for the villagers and personal protective equipment (PPE) for essential workers. The Peña family also contributed money to cover the costs of the first masks distributed in the area.
One of our biggest supporters in Peru, a police officer, was infected with COVID-19 due to lack of real PPE that the government had promised. Approximately 200 policemen have died and over 4,000 thousand have tested positive. These incidents prompted Mita’s Foundation to send 3M masks to the police force. We are still working on sending them more masks. They are grateful for your donations (click to see a video in Spanish of one of the police officers in Peru expressing his appreciation).
SUPPORT FOR THE SOUP KITCHEN AND SCHOOL
With your generous donations, Mita's Foundation was able to buy and deliver food to Cancas, Peru, to restock Mita's Soup Kitchen. We have also sent groceries for the Mita’s teachers in Santa Rosa de Quives (SRQ) as we had to close and cancel all our training sessions we had scheduled for the year.
CURA-MITA CLINIC UPDATE
The volunteer doctors are still busy working the frontlines at their hospitals in Lima so they have not been able to serve the clinic in SRQ at this time. But they assure us that they want to continue volunteering at the village when their workload lightens after the pandemic. If it is safe later this year, Mita’s Foundation along with our partners from CURA For The World are planning to go back to SRQ to provide medical services as in 2018. We will keep you informed of this trip as CURA-Mita make decisions together based on the health and safety conditions in the area.
SEE HOW YOUR SUPPORT AND DONATIONS HAVE HELPED
Thanks to your generous support and donations, Mita's Foundation emergency volunteers were able to deliver essential items and nonperishable food to help underserved and impoverished Peruvians during the coronavirus crisis.
TULSA COMMUNITY SERVICE NEWS:
MITA'S FOUNDATION SUPPORTS FOOD ON THE MOVE
Mita's Foundation partnered with Food on the Move to deliver 2,800 boxes of food to those in need, especially when many are suffering locally from economic depression and unemployment due to COVID-19. On June 4, 13, and 20, 2020, volunteers unloaded truckloads of fresh produce and groceries, transferred them to trunks and distributed food throughout the Tulsa community. For more information about our partner, Food on the Move, please go to: https://www.foodonthemoveok.com.
Thanks goes to Preparing the Way Global Ministries for supporting partners Mita’s Foundation and Food on the Move by providing a physical place where cars can drive up safely and families may receive free food boxes. Volunteers, adhering to social distancing guidelines, place the boxes in the car trunks for touchless service. There is one more opportunity this month to help Mita’s Foundation, Food on the Move and Preparing the Way serve the community. Volunteers are needed on June 27 beginning at noon to unload boxes from the trucks and give them to families who need them the most. For more information about Preparing the Way Global Ministries, please go to: https://www.facebook.com/PreparingtheWayGlobalMinistries/.
If you are ordering face masks, hand sanitizers, paper products and other essential items from Amazon, please choose Mita's Foundation as your charity of choice. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Mita's Foundation. It may not sound like a lot, but think about the huge amount of money spent through Amazon and know that everything can add up. All proceeds go toward the underserved, underprivileged and impoverished children and their families in Peru.
COMING SOON MITA'S FOUNDATION WILL UNVEIL A NEW WEBSITE DESIGN BY THE AUTUMN SEASON AS PART OF ITS YEARLONG 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.