COVID-19 UPDATE: How 2nd Mile Missions is responding to the Cononavirus outbreak in the Dominican Republic
Currently we are not aware of any illnesses among the students or families we serve. However, unemployment is the biggest challenge now. The country is under lockdown until May 25. Schools, parks and commercial businesses (except for pharmacies and supermarkets) are closed, public events are banned, and air travel is canceled. There is a curfew from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. Overall, the DR is experiencing 60-70% unemployment, and in the poor areas, it could be as high as 95%. Because the people live day to day, they do not have money to buy food. Our concern is that hunger will be the leading cause of death, next to the threat of the pandemic. 2nd Mile Missions has been giving out food to the neediest every week, yet there are thousands of families that need food now.