Aug 10, 2020

generosity and shifting gears ...

COVID 19 relief "quote"
COVID 19 relief "quote"

Dear supporters of our CIVID 19 response,

we want to continue to update you and thank you for your generosity, I hope this reaches also those who gave to the GlobalGiving general COVID response which we have benefitted greatly from thsi last week. Thank you GlobalGiving! 

We have also continued to submit proposals elsewhere and received funding from individuals of support in Sweden, Austria the UK as well as some larger donations from other donors. THANK YOU!

This is also why we have updated our budget today. beyond the income received directly here. 

The work continues to bless many people who are in extreme situations ongoingly - only to face even worse vulnerabilities through COVID 19 restrictions or illness. 

Some examples of what we have done and what we will do with the latest gift of GlobalGiving. 

In the refugee camps in Northern Iraq we have distributed hygiene and food packs to all participants in our Community based rehabilitation project, this helped to stay safe and feed in the crisis and lock down, but also provided an opportunity to check up on the children and their family and their physical therapy home work! The latest gift will go to these communities mainly and enable us to continue this follow up and support during a continued lock down in the camps. 

In Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, North Macedonia and Kirgizstan we have worked with the communities, local food banks and faith based organisations to distribute food to the most vulnerable in the community, give psycho social support as we chat with people over the threshold of their gates and doors and follow upon WhatsApp or the phone. 

In Jordan our regular refugee clinics are picking up their work again, after the lock down is lifted, also advising and providing special care in relation to COVID 19 fears and awareness.

In Afghanistan the situation continues to be extremely heavy, our booklets have been picked up by many and continue to educate people on the virus and how to stay safe. We are providing protection gears and masks to local clinics partnering with our "Birth life saving project (BLISS), hygiene packs to the communities of our Self-help groups, the WASH project and many others. Almost everyone in our office has lost a loved one in the last months in Afghanistan - tests are not available but it is suspected that many died of COVID 19. 

Thanks for standing with us as we shift gears towards that need for this project here and focus on Afghanistan in the next months ahead. If you want to give to one of the other countries simply leave us a note with your donation! 

 

Thanks for your partnership

Andrea Vogt 

Jun 25, 2020

Community and Capacity in a COVID 19 world

Dear friends of Operation Mercy, 

it is a difficult world we live in right now; my plans were to visit the projects in Afghanistan this summer instead we are talking online, monitor not only the COVID statistics but also the impact of the pandemic on our project participants and our partners around the world. 

We have started COVID 19 response projects in all our countries and if you want to give specific to that check out the project here on GlobalGiving. The pandemic is still heavily affecting our work and has arrived in our midst with people we know and love being sick and losing family members to the virus. 

The people we work with are some of the most vulnerable in countries with low capacity heath care. So is there anything good to report anything that gives hope? 

YES there certainly is - one of the most amazing things for me is how the pandemic has broken down silos in projects and the whole organisation that we have wanted to see disappear for a long time but it took pain to make things shift. 

For example the response to the pandemic has lead to a lot of cross programme and project work, in Afghanistan the staff of the Self-help group programme, the WASH programme and the Rahmat Good Books publishing project have created two booklets on COVID 19 together and are reaching all their previous project participants across the project boundaries with this important awareness lessons - the books have been distributed over 80,000 times in Afghanistan. 

We also have seen an amazing community among our country directors as we come together initially weekly and now every second week - learning from each other, building each other up, raising funds across country boundaries and seeing the others needs first. 

So while there are worries the community and communal capacity that is rooted in deep relationships across our projects and work has grown and is making us a stronger and more resilient organisation today then we were six months ago! 

You want to be part of that community? You can by giving but also by following us on Facebook or Instagram and spreading the hope, community and capacity we see develop in all our projects. 

I also want to invite you to celebrate with us the achievements for 2019 in our attached annual report, which also includes a finance and audit report for your information. 

https://www.instagram.com/opmercyint/  https://web.facebook.com/OpMercyInternational/

Yours Andrea 

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May 20, 2020

Distributing Food, Hygiene Products and Hope during COVID-19.

Like many international NGOs, we were told to temporarily halt our operations and projects in mid-March due to government restrictions. Every camp was closed to the public and all NGOs with only governmental aid were allowed to enter. Our office staff continued to work from home and secure funding for distributions for when we were allowed to enter once again. After gaining permission from the assistant governor of the region, we were able to visit and give food and hygiene products to 65 families spread out in seven camps last week!

These families are ones that we have been visiting weekly or twice weekly for the past several months or even years. We were able to put together a $50 packet of food staples and cleaning products for each family and then go to their houses to gift them with these essentials while maintaining a safe distance. Despite taking extra precautions and needing to wear masks and gloves throughout the hot days, our staff and clients were overjoyed to be reunited even for a few minutes! We asked how each client has been doing and we were able to hear their stories and encourage them and let them know they are not forgotten.

One young mother has been unable to leave her house as she has five children under the age of ten. Her husband had suffered an accident prior to this time and had only been able to do light daily work to provide for his family. After the restrictions were put in place due to COVID-19, he was unable to work at all because of this inability to find light work inside the camp. They were out of many necessary household and food items and were so thankful to receive the distribution gift and to see us once again.

 
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