In the second quarter of 2020, Spain’s unemployment rate rose to 15.33%. Due to COVID-19, many people in Spain lost their jobs and food insecurity has been a direct result of the rise in unemployment levels. In 2018, The National Institute of Statistics of Spain reported that 26.1% of people were at risk of social exclusion and 5.4% experienced severe material deprivation. In that same year, 55.2% of people had severe difficulty and were at extreme risk of going without basic human needs. These figures only represent the adult population, and children are not excluded from the reach of poverty. Spain continue to have the highest rate of unemployment throughout the whole of Europe and this is the leading cause of the overwhelming poverty levels that the country is facing.
Covid-19 has effected every human being on the globe in some capacity and families who were already experiencing levels of poverty before the pandemic, are now faced with serious challenges of poverty survival.
Collective Calling’s approach to economic empowerment helps to inspire, equip and transform those who have been identified to be within the “red zone” of critical challenges surrounding poverty.
With the social welfare system overwhelmed, and other charities such as The Red Cross and Caritas stretched to capacity, thousands upon thousands of families still go without the basic support they need. All of this leads to the continued cycle of generational poverty, as parents are unable to improve their situation, the horrendous cycle of poverty is pushed into the lives of their children.
Our Partnership with you gives Collective Calling the privilege of supporting hardworking families and showing them God loves them. For families who have endured desperate situations, collectively, we can help them move from poverty to prosperity.
Unfortunately many people have developed a view of themselves that are rooted in feelings of being powerless, hopeless and having a lack of self-worth. We use a tested and proven methodology that helps people to recognise their potential and to be all that God created them to be. Parents that we have identified to be living within a situation of poverty are enrolled into our empowerment program that is not only designed to help prepare people to re-enter, or enter the workplace for the first time, but also gives people the tools to cope emotionally in times of stress, instills confidence and self-worth, and sets personal and financial goals for a future that God intended us all to have.
Collective Calling have been supporting local families and the homeless community in Spain for over 3 years now, however, during the height of the pandemic in 2020, we experienced an exponential increase in enquiries requesting assistance.
Since then, more than 1,200 families have been supported with food & hygiene assistance and we continue to support 140 families every month. During 2021, our team have been meeting and spending time with every person on our list in order to seek ways of helping each one become self-sustainable.
We currently provide each family with a package of non- perishable food items which lasts a family of 4 for 2 weeks, and supplement that with fresh food that we get donated from ALDI supermarket every week. Our fantastic team of approximately 50 volunteers then sporadically offer their support to package together the food packs, collect and sort the food, and deliver it to collection points for the families to receive or deliver to homeless and the vulnerable.
Our “Stories of the Pandemic” project was created as a result of the countless touching stories that have been told us over the course of the pandemic. One of our core values is to ensure that we are up-holding human dignity and treating everyone who we support as precious human beings who are made in the image of God, whom God loves dearly. As people start to feel comfortable with our team people naturally start to share their “story” and how the pandemic has affected their lives. For many people the pandemic has just compounded the poverty stricken living standards that Spain were struggling with before the pandemic. Follow us on our journey as we listen to the stories of those effected by poverty and keeping them in our prayers.
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In 2020, 91% of Collective Callings total operating expenses were used towards programs that support children and parents living in poverty. This includes logistical planning of programs.