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The coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented challenges, in rich and poor countries alike.

 

Words like ‘lockdown’, ‘hand-hygiene’ and ‘self-isolation’ have entered our common vocabulary in previously unimaginable ways. However, although the problems posed by the virus are the same, the ability of countries and communities to respond effectively are vastly different:

Since March 2020, Global Care has been helping vulnerable families in disadvantaged communities worldwide to survive the pandemic. For many, the economic impact of lockdown has been worse than the actual illness. Most families connected to our overseas projects are involved in daily-wage labour – if they cannot work they cannot eat. Lockdown means starvation.

Our grassroots partners have delivered emergency food parcels to thousands of families in eleven nations on four continents. They have also given hand-hygiene supplies, and raised awareness of how people can protect themselves, in twelve countries.

What’s next?

As many countries try to move to a ‘new normal’, post-lockdown, Global Care’s coronavirus response will focus on:

Families: We need to keep children safe with feeding, and support with rent payments, where lockdown continues, and in post-lockdown scenarios where many daily-wage jobs have disappeared. This will be on an as-needed basis while economies and communities recover.

Education: The UN warns of a ‘generational catastophe’ because of the disruption to education worldwide. But bringing children back to our partners’ schools, homework clubs and children’s centres in a Covid-secure way will not be easy. We need to provide hand sanitisers or hand-washing stations, face masks, and to allow social distancing – providing extra space, desks or even staff.

We are using our Children At Risk funds to step up in this crisis. Costs vary – feeding is always expensive, especially where prices are escalating fast. Here are some examples of what your donation will cover.

In Uganda, a food parcel feeding a family of eight for one month costs in the region of £40,  (prices vary across Uganda). Our three Uganda projects support more than 400 families.

In India’s Patripul slum, a care package for a family of four, lasting 2-3 weeks, costs £61.  Initially supporting 60 families considered to be the most vulnerable, our partners have supported many more families as lockdown dragged on and all families became vulnerable. They have delivered food to families here five times, in India’s extended lockdown, as well as paying for 87 families to leave the slum safely for their villages, at a cost of £5 per person..

In Bangladesh, food parcels of rice, lentils, potatoes, salt, oil, two bars of soap and four face masks, for 500 vulnerable families, cost £24 each. A second delivery targeted families with under-fives, with extra nutrition, as concerns grew about the life-long impact of malnutrition on very young children.

In Kibera, Kenya, it costs just £17.50 to run a water point with soap and sanitisers for up to 40 days, allowing 700+ people to wash their hands each day, in a slum with no running water. Our partners are running 30 water points at strategic locations across the slum, manned by volunteers..

Prices all include the cost of communication, transport and delivery, so our partners ensure supplies are received by the families who need them most. We are working in Kenya, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Albania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Sri Lanka, India, Central Asia and Syria..

Thanks to your generosity we have already raised over £94,000 and spent or allocated a total of £102,316 (at Aug 2020). We estimate we need to raise at least another £30,000 to see us through to the end of 2020.

Please give using the donation button below, or, if you are able, consider setting up a monthly donation to our Children At Risk fund for the duration of this crisis.

We recognise that many people may be experiencing serious financial uncertainty themselves at this time. However, if you are able to give, please help us.