2020 has been a year like no other and for many Australians, Latin Americans and those around the world it has been a year of distress and disappointments. At Somos21, as the year draws to a close, we are proud to showcase the incredible efforts of our volunteers who have achieved outstanding feats amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the chaos that ensued.
At the forefront of Somos21’s mission is to create a valuable, empowering exchange between the Australian and Latin American communities and in 2020, the network pursued this mission with unwavering commitment. As a marker of this enduring relationship between Australia and Latin America, Somos21 endeavoured to financially support struggling Latino students who were in many instances left out of work, without income and without the necessary support during the coronavirus pandemic. The Pandemic Relief for International Students highlighted the potential that this network has to work together and reach amazing targets whilst at the forefront creating a loving, welcoming and supportive community for Latin Americans living in Australia.
At its conclusion, the entirely volunteer led fundraiser raised $52,437.05, more than double the original target of $20,000 - a phenomenal feat. In total, 1037 applicants from 12 countries were provided with e-vouchers to buy groceries and other essential items to ease their struggles and provide much needed relief during the COVID lockdowns. The impact went beyond financial and the students’ messages of thanks expressed a sincere appreciation, relief and gratitude to the volunteers for their tireless work in generating such inclusive support for the Latin American community.
The full Social Impact Evaluation Report is available HERE, detailing the partnerships forged with E-WA Rotary and various mining companies who made large contributions to the fundraising effort, as well as an overall assessment of the project’s success.
Above all else, Somos21 is proud of every one of its members, new and old and wishes to express its gratitude for their efforts during such an immensely stressful and tumultuous year. The network has continued to build and grow throughout 2020 and the output from all members has never been higher. There is much more coming for Somos21 and its partners in 2021 and we cannot wait to see where the future takes us.
Special thanks to all Somos21 partners for all their contribution and support throughout 2020