Budgeting and quotation of products.
The budget was prepared based on $30.00 U.S. dollars per basket that included basic necessities. With this budget, we proceeded to quote prices by phone at different providers.
Purchase of products.
With the help of private and specialized transportation with safe-conduct plus a letter authorized by the Peacebuilding en Las Americas coordinator, Mónica Maher, we spent two days visiting and purchasing the products from the listed suppliers. This activity was a bit complicated due to the long lines that are made keeping a meter or more of social distance to enter a public place.
With the products purchased and brought home, they were disinfected with water and a chlorine solution, which is recommended by the health authorities. Immediately after, with the help of my family, we formed each of the baskets, managing to organize thirty-two baskets that were distributed among the same number of families and prisoners.
Products contained in the basket.
The best prices in the city were obtained because we searched in different sales centers. We created a basket made up of various basic products that are typical in the Honduran diet such as: Rice, beans, cornmeal, sugar, coffee, oil, powdered milk, fruits, garlic, cheese, butter, chicken, and eggs. We also included cleaning products such as: chlorine, laundry powder, bath soap, laundry soap, and in some cases of two older adults who have seriously health problems (cancer, diabetes), we included corn flaks, granola, fruit and medicine. The inmates’ basket contained personal care items such as: deodorant, bath soap and laundry soap, detergent powder, toothpaste and toothbrush, hair care cream, toilet paper, bleach, biscuits, sugar and oatmeal.
Distribution or delivery of the baskets.
The delivery of the baskets was made in parts according to the coinciding places on the same route. it took three days for delivery to the city. A facilitator was assisted in one part of the delivery. Each person received a pamphlet along with the basket, oral and written information about the program, they were also encouraged to share the tools it contains with others.