The world is facing the biggest global threat of our recent history - it demands a united global response. As the pandemic rapidly spreads around the world it is now impacting countries where our programmes are based. The continued support we are providing our partners at this uncertain time has never been more important. With your help, we will be able to provide vital support to our partners and the people they work with.
As COVID19 has now spread to countries in Africa and Asia, we are deeply concerned for the children and families we support and work with. Developing countries are more vulnerable to the effects of the virus and the fear of the impact is growing. Though people around the world are feeling the impact of this crisis but it is having a disproportionate impact on the most marginalised people and those living in extreme poverty.
Many children don't have access to safe clean water or hand washing facilities. People have lost their jobs and now face destitution. Families are struggling to provide food, children are going hungry. Household income has dropped considerably, people are struggling to pay rent and face eviction.
Garment factory workers have lost their jobs, many fired and denied pay owed. Street connected children have no access to the streets of which they rely for food, shelter and survival. Waste pickers cannot access dump sites to scavenge for food or an income. With schools closed, incidence of sexual violence is becoming pervasive, with expected increase/ increasing cases of teenage pregnancies, more early marriages and high dropout rates among school girls are anticipated due to family pressures and high domestic workloads. Children are at greater risk of violence, exploitation or being forced to the streets to beg to meet their basic needs.
These are the secondary effects of this pandemic. For these children the imminence of poverty, exploitation, and hunger is far more threatening that the virus. Right now, our local partners are rapidly adjusting their usual programmes in this global crisis. Working tirelessly to ensure children are kept safe, have access to basic services and are protected to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Providing children and families with hygiene and sanitation kits(hand-washing facilities, soap/hand sanitizers and face masks) to prevent and protect them from contracting the virus.
Sharing key information and raise awareness about the risks of COVID-19 with children, families and community members.
Raising awareness about the risks facing children, women and girls during the pandemic and work with the government and community based structures to protect them.
Providing food assistance to families to guarantee they meet their basic needs and can provide for their children.
We know that cases of abuse and exploitation increase during emergencies, so we are working together with our partners through this crisis with our key priority focus in mind - ensuring children are protected and no child is left behind.
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