Health and safety is top priority, but many small business owners are scared how they will pay for their groceries and make ends meet.
In Pakistan, the women home bakers, fashion designers and artistans don't have exhibitions to showcase and sell their work and are struggling to find online markets. Their situation is desperarate and just getting worse.
We ask you for your support so we can develop on online series of courses to help them make ends meet during these difficult times. They are often widowed, divorced or single, with large families to feed and all children home currently due to closure of schools. We also want to add mental health seminar for them and tips from working only from home during a lockdown.
Thank you for helping us help them.
Mar 19, 2020
Puerto Rico imposes strict curfew
By Rafia Khatak - Project Volunteer
Over the weekend, Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez enacted an island-wide overnight curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. through March 31 and “enhanced health screenings” for anyone arriving at the airport, according to newspapers and a memo being sent out to publications.
The memo apparently stated:
"Businesses that are considered non-essential — like theaters, malls, bars, and gyms — are closed, while essential businesses like supermarkets, pharmacies, restaurants for takeout, and gas stations must close by 6 p.m. Car services, including taxis and Ubers, can also only operate between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. except if they’re driving to and from the airports.
Those who violate the lockdown could be fined up to $5,000 or receive six months in jail.'
Although Puerto Rico has kept their confirmed cases of coronavirus to an extreme low of five compared to many other parts of the world, the government is acting quicky and strictly to ensure these numbers stay low.
Under the current scenario, medical clinics are more important than ever, and we request that you continue to help us complete our goal funding so that our implementation team will fund a solar electricity run medical clinic in a community without a hospital, something so desperately needed.
Mar 17, 2020
Someone safe to hug in these dangerous times
By Tara Dawood - Project Leader
It is increasingly dangerous to touch, hug or kiss anyone in the current coronavirus threat climate. We need to be cautious and careful. Orphans more than anyone perhaps need hugs and kisses and to hug and kiss. That's where these teddies mean more than you can imagine. Something safe for them to love and cuddle all they wish.
It's always been caring and kind to gift a teddy to an orphan, but now, it is also the safe thing to do.
Thank you to our supporters. Because of your generosity, we have given so many children teddies. Because of your kind words of support and sharing of this project, we have been able to help more and more orphans - boys and girls with no one to love or hug in this world.