Although the problems posed by the coronavirus pandemic are the same worldwide, the ability of communities to respond effectively is vastly different.
Since March 2020, Global Care has been helping vulnerable families in disadvantaged communities to survive the pandemic. For many, the economic impact of lockdown has been worse than the actual illness.
Our grassroots partners have delivered emergency food parcels to thousands of families on four continents. They have also given hygiene supplies, and raised awareness of how people can protect themselves..
As countries try to move to a ‘new normal’, post-lockdown, or face repeated lockdowns and curfews as they experience more waves of infection, Global Care’s coronavirus response is focussed 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 is 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 has not been easy. We have funded hand sanitisers, hand-washing stations and face masks, and extra measures to allow social distancing, including extra classrooms, desks or even staff. Crucially, many children have become disengaged from learning after a year of missed schooling. They are at risk of dropping out of school forever. We are helping them to re-engage and get back on track, with extra tuition and learning support programmes. This is currently our major funding priority.
We are using our Children At Risk funds to step up in this crisis.
Thanks to your generosity we have already raised (and spent) almost £150,000 since March 2020. An additional £15,000 at Lent 2021 funded a tuition programme in Guatemala. However, with the pandemic far from over, the need is ongoing. We would like to raise at least another £25,000 to enable us to keep meeting covid-related needs throughout 2021.
Please give using the donation button below, or 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.