Community-based social security

Staff from the CCBN at a start-of-the year lunch

Blog post written by Jennifer Ruppelt (SALT volunteer through Mennonite Central Committee, here at the Centro Cultural as well..)

I have to admit that I haven’t kept up with the National Healthcare
issue in the US, but I was impressed this last week by a small example
of social security in the Batahola Norte community.

Doña Rosita, who used to work in housekeeping at the Cultural Center,
has been quite sick for the past few months. Yesterday, the Cultural
Center administrators called a meeting to talk about what we as a
staff can do to support her. Although I didn’t understand all of the
medical terms in Spanish, it seems that Doña Rosita needs to have two
injections daily, at $10 a pop. She has no way to keep up that sort of
medical bill.

The team talked it over and decided that they’d like to have their
next three paychecks docked in order to donate to Doña Rosita. Between
the 30 team members, each one will give $15 over the next month and a
half. Doesn’t seem like much, but most of my coworkers don’t make much
over $250 a month. Their example is a powerful one, of giving out of
the little that they have to support a fallen member of the community.
If only we had a little more of that type of social security in the
US, maybe we wouldn’t worry so much about tomorrow.

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