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Mar 30, 2020

Cloth Helps Us Through COVID-19 Pandemic

Reusable items can reduce financial strains people living in poverty will feel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Parents strolling the baby aisle at many stores across the U.S. are running into limited options and even empty shelves as the world continues its fight against COVID-19.

This scene impacts society in many ways.

On one hand, families who can afford the extra investment have turned to cloth diapering, according to a report on Today.com. The cloth diaper manufacturers were citing a 300% growth in revenue and single orders up to $1,500.

On the other hand, families who live paycheck to paycheck can’t even consider this investment nor did they have the ability to stock up in the first place – they simply didn’t have the extra budget.

We’re able to combat this struggle for some American families through our Individual Aid program, and have definitely received more requests for this types of aid.

“We are seeing an increased ask for cloth diapers, they’re flying out of here!” Executive Director Stephanie Bowers said.

The difference between families who can purchase a brand new cloth diaper kit and those who need to rely on our resources offers just one example of how the coronavirus pandemic dually punishes the poor.

For example, many of the guidelines for preparing and avoiding the spread are things that those living in poverty can’t afford to follow, as outlined in this Time article.

“The COVID-19 outbreak hasn’t caused these underlying problems, but it has highlighted the deficits within the U.S.’s fragile social safety net,” the article says. “If low-income Americans get and spread COVD-19 at a higher rate, it’s bad for everyone.”

CORONAVIRUS AROUND THE WORLD - STORIES FROM OUR PARTNERS

We also know that our Diaper Drop partners around the world are increasingly affected by the global growth of the coronavirus.

Our partners at Real Hope for Haiti (RHFH) sent a message after the government reported the first positive tests in the country, and included their center among main resources for treatment of the virus. That message included:

“Earlier this week, MSPP (Haitian Health Department) put out a 57 page contingency plan for the virus. RHFH’s Cholera Treatment Center was listed on the institutions that could provide isolation and treatment. After we became aware of this, we notified MSPP that we neither have ventilators nor the resources/ staff to adequately respond to this present crisis. As it is in every context, the situation is changing rapidly. We are doing what we know how to piece together a response and prepare as the situation remains fluid, and are waiting for further directives from MSPP.

There is a great deal of angst among all of us. This is a unique and defining time in our lives and in our world. No one knows the extent this pandemic will have medically, economically, or psychologically…in a global, national, or household context.

We know this type of preparation is vital for treating patients infected with COVID-19, as we hear stories about medical facilities asking for ventilators, manufacturers transitioning to making more and tragedies that occur when there are not enough.

And in Uganda, our partners at Ekisa prep for a lockdown as the government is establishing parameters for dealing with the start of the outbreak, there.

“A lockdown at Ekisa will mean a set group of staff would live on Ekisa’s premises, and no one would be allowed in or out,” the group sent in an email. “In anticipation of this, we had already begun to stock up on prescription medicines, food, and other supplies to support the 16 vulnerable children in our care. But with an impending lockdown, we’re in immediate need of $7,000 to stock up life-sustaining supplies for the next several months.”

The coronavirus is creating serious and immediate needs to keep many people struggling with poverty safe and healthy. Cloth diapering is a great option to reduce financial strains that will be exacerbated by the pandemic.

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Mar 26, 2020

Coronavirus and Wildfire Season: How Do They Mix?

While the coronavirus surges in California, concerns are also arising about the possibility of major wildfires across the state before the virus is under control.

Sen. Kamala Harris expressed extreme concern about the two coinciding, questioning how FEMA would respond and support efforts to calm the dual crisis.

From Jan. 1 through March 22, 2020, there were 543 wildfires compared with only 169 during the same time period last year, according to CA wildfire statistics on CA.gov

As of March 25, California is the fourth highest impacted by the coronavirus with 2,102 cases, following:

  • Washington: 2,469 cases confirmed
  • New Jersey: 3,675 cases confirmed
  • New York: 30,811 cases confirmed Source

At Jake’s Diapers, we’re ready to respond to disasters when families are displaced and struggling to access basic needs. As we’ve responded to the coronavirus on a local level, we’re learning more about exactly how to safely support our communities during this crisis. 

Your ongoing support helps us be ready to respond in the event California’s wildfires do collide with the coronavirus. We thank you, and wish your family health and safety.

Mar 26, 2020

Cloth Gives Relief to Mother of Special Needs Kid

There are many barriers families face, and those caring for a loved on with special needs have extra challenges.

With your help, we were able to support a special needs child in Puerto Rico who had recently received an operation.

The mom felt in desperate need.

“I was able to provide her with the cloth pads, since the diapers the daughter needs are bigger than the ones I have — but we could help her at least in some way, and she was really happy,” Lorraine said. Lorraine is a Puerto Rico resident who works with us to distribute diapers in Puerto Rico.

Some cloth kits were provided to Fundacion Lazos de Amor to serve families on a waitlist.

Thank you for all the support you’ve provided, making it possible for us to serve families like these in Puerto Rico.

 
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