Across the world, 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:
- If you live in an overcrowded slum, with whole families crammed into single rooms, ‘isolation’ is impossible.
- If you don’t have running water, or can’t afford soap, ‘hand-hygiene’ is meaningless.
- If you survive on income from daily labour, or small market trading, ‘lockdown’ means starvation.
Not all countries can afford wage subsidies. Not all families have savings to fall back on. . Even after lockdown, the need to practise social distancing means some jobs will no longer provide a secure income as they will be impossible to carry out safely. Disrupted food production and supply chains create food shortages, where prices quickly escalate beyond the reach of the poorest families. And if healthcare in rich nations is creaking under the strain of COVID-19, there is zero chance of adequate healthcare for the poorest across much of the globe.
Global Care must act.
In countries in lockdown our grassroots partners are delivering food parcels to the most vulnerable of their families. Elsewhere, they are giving soap and water containers, and raising awareness of how people can protect themselves.
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 Bangladesh, food parcels of rice, lentils, potatoes, salt, oil, two bars of soap and four face masks, for 328 vulnerable families, cost £24 each
- In India’s Patripul slum, a care package for a family of four, lasting two weeks, costs £61. Our partners are supporting 60 families they have identified as the most vulnerable. They have delivered food to families here three times, as India’s lockdown continues to be extended.
- 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 25 water points at strategic locations across the slum, manned by volunteers. They hope to open another five water points soon.
- In Ethiopia, water containers and supplies of soap for 250 families using our preschools, plus awareness-raising and hygiene training, will cost a total of £3,470
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 also feeding vulnerable families in Syria, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Zambia, Albania and Guatemala.
Our existing Children At Risk funds will not last long, when faced with a crisis simultaneously affecting so many of
our projects. We need to raise up to £75,000 to see us through the next few months.
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.