Coronavirus Relief Fund

by GlobalGiving
Coronavirus Relief Fund
Photo: Health Equity International by Nadia Todres
Photo: Health Equity International by Nadia Todres

I joined GlobalGiving one year ago. Having recently left a position at a hospital in Haiti because of the pandemic, I returned to California to begin my first entirely virtual role with GlobalGiving’s disaster response team. While still in Haiti, I watched from abroad as my home country entered its first lockdown. Haiti, a country with a medical system crippled by poor infrastructure due to hundreds of years of corruption and extraction, feared what was to come. As time moved on, while many countries witnessed their darkest days, countries like Haiti seemed to have almost miraculously unscathed. We know now that wouldn’t last.

In my new role with GlobalGiving, I was able to follow the work of hundreds of GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners as they stepped up to serve their communities throughout the pandemic. I saw how organizations such as Southern Vision Alliance provided economic relief through small-dollar grants to BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and low-income individuals and organizations responding to the pandemic in North Carolina, or how partners like Hogar Bambi delivered first-line medical care, including vaccine distribution, to children in Venezuela. As time progressed, and hotspots shifted, we witnessed communities navigate the pandemic in entirely different ways. And thankfully, donors like you made it possible for us to support many of these communities around the world.

Throughout my tenure at GlobalGiving, Haiti never left my mind. As life returns to ‘normal’ in the United States, many countries fight for vaccine equity. Today, not a single vaccine dose has made it to Haiti, and the delta variant has begun to flood hospitals like Saint Boniface Hospital, managed by Health Equity International. Despite this challenge, Health Equity International continues to advocate for vaccine access throughout the country, all while providing high-quality healthcare to Haiti’s southern peninsula.

The fight for vaccine equity has exposed a new crisis, one which was already deeply embedded in the inequities that underpin our world. Only 1% of the world’s 1.3 billion vaccines injected have made it to the African continent. India, home to the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, has struggled to produce enough vaccines for its own population—leading to the diversion of doses once promised for low-income countries through Covax. While much progress has been made, globally, we have a lot of work to do.

Your donation has supported GlobalGiving partners on the front lines, providing care and advocating for vaccine equity in their communities. Partners such as the Migrant Clinicians Network are working to support health care providers as they educate and vaccinate at-risk communities throughout the United States.

It is thanks to your support that GlobalGiving's nonprofit partners continue to work from Nepal to New Orleans, responding to the pandemic. With your support, we recently awarded 54 grants totaling almost half a million dollars to nonprofits working in 18 countries on issues ranging from vaccine equity to child protection. This brings the number of organizations we’ve been able to support to 446, thanks to you. You can find a complete list of grantees from the most recent round of Coronavirus Relief Fund grants at the bottom of this update.

In gratitude and solidarity,

Mikaela + The GlobalGiving Team


Fresh Start Recovery Centre
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
International Community Foundation
Minnesota Indigenous Business Alliance
Malama Kauai
Health Equity International
Care 2 Communities
Economic Stimulus Projects for Work and Action- ESPWA
Afghan Institute of Learning
Bamyan Foundation
Sahar Education
Aid Afghanistan for Education
Mobile Mini Circus for Children
Cooperation for Peace and Development (CPD
Kamboo Project
Peace Bridges Organization
Cambodian Children's Fund
Las Pinas Persons with Disability Federation Inc.
The Sunshine Charity
Prithipura Communities
Yayasan Bumi Sehat, Ds. PKR Nyuh Kuning
Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT Foundation)
Perkumpulan Pelita Indonesia
Health in Harmony
Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work
Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa Foundation
Nepal Youth Foundation
DCWC Community Hospital
Child Rescue Nepal
The Small World
Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
Bangladesh Environment and Development Society
Disable Development & Educational Foundation
Corporacion Superarse
The Wayuu Taya Foundation Inc.
Hogar Bambi Venezuela
Center for Amazon Community Ecology
Nexos Comunitarios
Fundacion Paraguaya
Fundacion Accion Pais para la Formacion de Liderazgo Social
Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR)
American Friends of the Spafford Children's Center
Save Youth Future Society
Karama Organisation for Women and Children's Development
Union of Health Work Committees
Middle East Children's Alliance
Migrant Clinicians Network
Mission Dove Cambodia
The Mustard Seed Mission
Asociacion Civil Ingenieria sin Fronteras Argentina

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GlobalGiving launched the Coronavirus Relief Fund on Jan. 27, 2020. Later that week, I boarded a flight to Geneva to attend a humanitarian conference. The World Health Organization, headquartered nearby, had placed signs around the conference center with basic information about the virus, but no one was wearing masks or socially distancing. These gatherings are a great opportunity to network, share, and generate ideas while connecting with old friends and colleagues we’ve worked with around the world. Needless to say, there was lots of hugging and handshaking. That feels like a lifetime ago. 

For the past year, you’ve been an inspiration to me and the entire GlobalGiving team. While you’ve been busy adapting to new realities of the pandemic and caring for loved ones, you also made time to share your resources and help deliver COVID-19 relief to frontline workers and families around the world.  

With your support, last week we awarded 89 emergency grants totaling more than $2 million to nonprofit organizations helping communities in more than 25 countries. 

You can find the entire list of grantees at the end of this update. Here’s a snapshot of how these hardworking teams are continuing to serve their communities through the pandemic.

  • The Partnerships with Native Americans team is working across tribal lands to bring food, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and other emergency relief supplies to tribes, many of whom are still experiencing lockdowns and precarious conditions. 
  • Port Elizabeth Mental Health is delivering critical mental health support to children, and youth and their families in the Port Elizabeth region of South Africa, which has been at the center of the latest surge of COVID-19 cases. 
  • International Medical Corps’ teams are supporting vaccination efforts in refugee camps in Jordan. In the Azraq refugee camp, they are the main provider of health care services. 
  • Fresh Spirit Wellness for Women is assisting women in Texas who have been verbally, emotionally, physically, or sexually abused. They operate a women's shelter and an out-care program for women from all walks of life who are in search of healing and support.
  • LIFE ElderCare is delivering meals, groceries, and essential supplies for people age 60 and older in California.
  • Abraham’s Oasis is providing residential care for abandoned children and support for surrounding communities in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, which is affected by both COVID-19 and impacts from the conflict that’s escalated there in recent months. 

Since January 2020, your contributions powered:

  • $8.4 million in funding for vetted nonprofit organizations
  • 355 emergency grants 
  • Relief for communities in more than 70 countries

Some hopeful news has come to light since I last wrote to you. Globally, reported COVID-19 cases have decreased for the third week in a row. And four types of vaccines have been approved in different parts of the world and are slowly becoming available and being administered (my colleague Sami Adler outlined vaccine distribution efforts in this helpful article). 

The many reasons that have moved you to give your time and money to meet needs created by this pandemic are what makes the GlobalGiving community so special. Thank you.

In gratitude and solidarity,

Sandrina + the GlobalGiving Team


List of Grantees:

Abraham's Oasis

Akhuwat USA

Alaska Sudan Medical Project

Alawite Islamic Charity Association

American Friends of the Spafford Children's Center

AnneGift Foundation

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation, Inc.

Ask The Paediatricians Foundation

Association for Dalit Women's Advancement of Nepal

Autismo en Voz Alta

Bahini Educare Foundation

Baobá - Fundo para Equidade Racial

Basildon Concord

Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR)

British Red Cross

Carers Network

Casa de la Amistad para Niños con Cáncer

Charity Foundation 'Change One Life'

Civic Assistance Committee

Color of Change

Community Foundation of West Texas

Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim

Customs Health Care Society

Dako Foundation For Rural Healthcare And Education


DCWC Nepal - Development of Children and Women Center

Direct Relief

Downtown Women's Center

El Centro Popular para América Latina de Comunicación

Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness

FASOL- Fondo Acción Solidaria, AC

Favela Inc.

First Nations Development Institute

FirstLight Trust

Footprints 4 Sam

Fresh Spirit Wellness for Women Inc.

Friends of Burkina Faso

Fundación Madre María Luisa Casar

Fundación San Genaro

Fundación Pro Eco Azuero

Fundo Casa Socioambiental (CASA)

Global Hope Network International

Global Need Burkina

GoodWeave International

Great Plains Tribal Health Board

Hadleigh Castle Trust Fund

Health Opportunity Partnership and Empowerment in Africa

Himalayan Life Switzerland


Infinite Family

International Medical Corps



Joy Foundation

Karachi Down Syndrome Program

Karama Organisation for Women and Children's Development


LIFE ElderCare

Mali Health

Mt. Calvary Center for Leadership Development

My Friend's House, Inc

National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics

Native American Advancement Foundation

Near East Foundation

Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)

Our Sansar

Pak Mission Society

Palliative Care Education and Research Consortium

Partnerships With Native Americans


Port Elizabeth Mental Health

POWER- People Organized for Westside Renewal

Proyecto Impacto Consultores, AC

Reach Out and Feed Philippines

Rebuilding Alliance

Samaritans (Central London Branch)

St. Mungo’s

Starfish Greathearts Foundation


Teens Unite Fighting Cancer

Texas Low Income Housing Information Services

Thanda UK


The Rotary Club of Chelmer Bridge

The Small World

Tomorrow's Youth Organization

Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET)

Union of Health Work Committees

Women's Health Specialists of California

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Fall has arrived, and we continue to bring our best to this most challenging year. Months after the COVID-19 outbreak, your generosity continues to help improve conditions for families in far-reaching corners of the world. Resources are stretched thin, and nonprofit leaders tell us that the GlobalGiving emergency grants your donations fund go well beyond providing material support. You’re also putting a smile on their faces and giving their teams hope and strength to keep going during these arduous times. 

Your generosity fueled the August + September grant cycles to:

  • Disburse more than $4.2 million
  • Award 187 grants 
  • Reach communities in 58 countries

These grants have impacted people in urban and rural communities worldwide. They provided food deliveries in Wisconsin, healthcare for patients in Nicaragua, hygiene kits for children in the Philippines, emergency relief for families in Yemen, water wells in Niger, psycho-social support in South Sudan, and nutrition activities for indigenous communities in Mexico, to name just a few.

Rather than summarize more of the life-changing activities our nonprofit partners are leading, I want to introduce you to Traci Wickett, President and CEO of the United Way of Southern Cameron County, Texas. Here’s what she and her team have been able to achieve with your support:

“Our coronavirus relief is focused on food insecurity, but with the added twist of helping hospitality workers who have become unemployed because of COVID-19. We have partnered with Get Shift Done to employ furloughed restaurant workers to add capacity to our hunger relief efforts. Workers sign up for shifts at the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Salvation Army, Amigos Del Valle (meals on wheels), Ozanam Center (homeless shelter), Good Neighbor Settlement House (soup kitchen and food pantry), Brownsville Wellness Coalition (food delivery), or United Way of Southern Cameron County’s weekly mass food distributions. They prepare, package, and deliver food to those among us who need it most and earn $10 per hour to help them get by during these terribly difficult times.  

You’ve provided 1,500 families with a generous bag of shelf-stable food and fresh produce, and you’ve provided 750 hours of work at $10 per hour to furloughed restaurant employees through Get Shift Done.”

I invite you to scan the list below of the 187 nonprofit teams you supported! I am looking forward to my next update about the many ways in which your generosity is making a difference for so many people. Until then, I leave you with Traci’s words: 

“We are humbled by this gift, and we’re very grateful. The Rio Grande Valley is suffering, but you’re helping to make things better.”

In gratitude and solidarity,

Sandrina + the GlobalGiving Team


List of Grantees:

A Leg to Stand On

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT Foundation)


Afghan Institute of Learning

ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization

Arianna's Center

Arogya Agam

ASAP Foundation

Asociacion Civil Ingenieria sin Fronteras Argentina

Asociacion Civil Pequenos Pasos

Asociación Civil Yachay Wasi

Associacao Esmabama

Associacion Tui'k Ruch' Lew

Association For Women's Awareness and Rural Development

Association of Locally Empowered Youth - Northern Mindanao

Bali Life Foundation

Bamyan Foundation

Beyond Borders


Black Belt Community Foundation

Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Charles

Brave Hearts

Central Arizonans For A Sustainable Economy Case

Centre for LIve and Learn for Environment and Community

Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa

Associacao para Protecao das Criancas e Adolescentes (CEPAC)


Citizens' Disaster Response Center Foundation, Inc.

Civic Force

Clinica Verde

Collinsville Food Pantry

Color of Change

Community Health Africa Trust

Compassion First

Concern Organization for Women & Children

Congo Children Trust

Conservation Through Poverty Alleviation, International

Corporacion Cultiva

Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Inc

Crecemos DIJO

Croix-Rouge Francaise /French Red Cross

Darfur Women Network

Dawood Global Foundation

Develop Africa, Inc.

Disable Development & Educational Foundation

Ecoviva NFP

Equality for All Foundation

Family Connection Foundation

Feed Northland Kids

Feeding San Diego

Feeding the Valley

FirstLight trust

Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley

Foundation for Advancement of Haitian Midwives

French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children

Friends of Burkina Faso

Fundación Ayni

Fundacion de Beneficencia Hogar de Cristo

Fundacion Fondo Unido Honduras

Fundacion Hearts of Gold

Fundacion Helping Hands-La Paz

Fundación Interpretalab

FUNDE Fundación Colombia Unida en Desarrollo y Educacion

Gaia Vaccine Foundation

Waqful Waqifin Foundation (Gift of the Givers)

Girls Power Initiative

Grace Honduras

Graces Cares Inc.

Grain de Riz Pour un Sourire

Great Heart Charity Association

Habitat for Humanity

Halt Poverty

Hand to Hand Foundation

Health Equity International/St. Boniface Haiti Foundation

Health in Harmony

Heart of Los Angeles

Help Bolivia Foundation

High Atlas Foundation

Hoedspruit Training Trust

Hope For Our Sisters, Inc.

HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh

Human Development Foundation (Mercy Center)

iDE Mozambique


INMED Partnerships for Children, Inc.

Insan Hak ve Hurriyetleri Insani Yardm Vakfi

Instituto Chaikuni

Instituto Ekloos


Iraqi Children Foundation


Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana

Justice for Migrant Women

Karuna trust

Keeping it Real Foundation


Kito Onlus

Lebanon Red Cross

Lending for Evanston and Northwestern Development

LIN Center for Community Development

Lower Nine

LULAC Institute Inc.


Mali Health

Martha O'Bryan Center

Mensajeros de la Paz Argentina

Mercy in Action

Movimento de Saude Mental Comunitaria de Bom Jardin

Mozambique School Lunch Initiative

Mundo de Talentos

National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People (NAACP)

National Day Labor Network

Native American Advancement Foundation

Nicaragua-Projekt e.V.

Nor Luyce Mentoring Center for Youth

One Foundation

Operation Mercy

Oregon Food Bank, Inc.

Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition

Ouelessebougou Alliance

Partnership for Southern Equity

Partnership with Native Americans

Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation

Perkumpulan Pelita Indonesia

Project Elimu

Project Soar

Psicologia y Derechos Humanos PSYDEH A.C.

Rain for the Sahel and Sahara

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

Raising Futures Kenya

Recovering Oklahomans After Disaster, Inc.

Relief International

Remember Niger Coalition

RISE Foundation, Inc.

Rise International

Roots Community Health Center

Safe Spaces Nairobi

Sahar Education

Sanid Organization for Relief and Development

Seeding Sovereignty

Siam-Care Foundation

Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya (SIBAT), Inc.


Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR)

Sodis Foundation

Sphoorthi Foundation

St. Nicholas' Home, Penang

Strategy and Innovation for Development Initiative

Support Yemeni Society Organization for Development SYS


Tahanan ng Pagmamahal Children's Home, Inc.

The Bharath Abhyudaya Seva Samithi

The Centre for HIV-AIDS prevention Studies

The Circulate Initiative

The Freedom Story

The Global ShareResource Foundation

The HALO Foundation

The Lambi Fund of Haiti

The Mariposa DR Foundation

The Mustard Seed Mission

The Rotary Club of Brentwood

The Trussell Trust

Tigoung Nonma

Tiljala Society

Trees Water & People

Tropical Health and Education Trust

United to Benefit Ecuadorian Children International (UBECI)

Union of Relief & Development Associations

United Way of Southern Cameron County

Viet Blind Children Foundation

Village Earth

Village Exchange Center

Voice Trust

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Network (WASH-Net)

Wells Bring Hope

Wings Melaka

Women Inspiration Dev Center

Women's Aid Organization

Women's Employment Network

Wonder Foundation

Yayasan Bumi Sehat, Ds. PKR Nyuh Kuning

Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa Foundation

Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work

Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation

Youth for Homeland



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I hope this update finds you and your loved ones in good health. I want to begin by recognizing how challenging it’s been to care for ourselves and our families with the many important events unfolding around usfrom crucial racial justice conversations, to monitoring COVID-19 infection rates, and keeping up with health advisories as well as reopening protocols and projections for the future. Yet, thanks to you and our community of nonprofit leaders worldwide, I remain optimistic. Because of your generosity, since the end of April, we have awarded: 

$1,300,000 to 47 nonprofit partners across more than 20 countries.

Engulfed by so much uncertainty, our partners are continuing to do what they do bestshow up to support their communities through the unfolding complexities.

Within the U.S., you helped fund relief and support in the form of medical care, shelter, meals, financial assistance, mental and emotional support services. One such example is the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, which operates in all 50 states. Its teams have creatively adapted medical services, launching telehealth consultations and setting up care in parking lots as well as conducting testing and handing out protective medical equipment. 

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country I once called home, Synergie des Associations Féminines du Congo (SAFECO) is implementing innovative solutions to help its communities stay healthy. This coalition of inspiring Congolese women’s associations has been hard at work, making soap and protective masks as well as building water stations. I can attest first-hand that this is no easy feat, considering the lack of running water in many of these areas. But, instead of being discouraged, they continue to shine a light in their community and have even launched a campaign to sensitize individuals about the best health practices to mitigate risks and where to access support.  

In Brazil, Associação de Saúde da Criança is providing physical, mental, emotional, and social support to children and their families. They are working around the clock to deliver hygiene products, medication, and other critical supplies for 250 families—an average of more than 1,000 individuals across Rio de Janeiro.

You can find a complete list of grantees from the most recent round of Coronavirus Relief grants at the very bottom of this update.

I may not know how this virus will be affecting our world when I send you our next update. But you can rest assured that we will continue to monitor and assess pressing humanitarian needs and partner with high impact, community-led organizations providing critical support to those who need it most.

You can learn more about GlobalGiving’s holistic and community-led approach to the COVID-19 pandemic here

In gratitude and solidarity,


List of Grantees:

Asociación Grupo de Trabajo Redes, Peru

Banco de Alimentos de Bogotá, Colombia

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Canada

Brazil Child Health/Associação de Saúde da Criança, Brazil

Breakthrough Urban Ministries, USA

Cathedral Soup Kitchen, USA

Chengdu Hezhong NGO Development Center, China

The Children’s Center, USA

Citizens' Disaster Response Center Foundation, Inc., Philippines

Community Skills Development, South Sudan

Global Medic, Canada

Ednica, Institución de Asistencia Privada, Mexico

Egyptian Food Bank, Egypt

Enjoyable Aging / Starost v radost, Russia

Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop, USA

Fundación de Beneficencia Privada Banco de Alimentos de Puebla, Mexico

Fundación Patronato María Auxiliadora, Colombia

Global Fund for Children, various Latin American Countries

Global Fund for Women, Brazil

Greater Boston Food Bank, USA

Health and Illness Awareness Fit for You Raising Awareness with Students, USA

Instituto Oswaldo Ribeiro De Mendonca, Brazil

Interfaith Neighbors Inc., USA

Latin American Youth Center, USA

LEAD Coalition of Bay County, Inc., USA

Mission old Brewery, Canada

Mothers2Mothers, various countries in Africa

Move for Hunger, USA

Movimiento de Apoyo a Menores Abandonados, Mexico

Narada Foundation, China

National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, USA

National Day Labor Network, USA

Network of Organizations working for people with Disabilities in Pakistan

One Planet, Peru

Organismo de Nutrición Infantil, Mexico

Promoción y Acción Comunitaria, Mexico

Rajasthan Samgrah Kalyan Sansthan RSKS, India

Reach Out NGO, Cameroon

Sarah’s Circle, USA

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, USA

Snehalaya, India

Sozidanie, Charitable Foundation, Russia

Synergie des Associations Féminines du Congo (SAFECO), DRC

Voice Trust, India

World Vision Somalia

Xilotl Asociación para el Desarrollo Social, Mexico

Zindagi Trust, Pakistan

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As you continue to care for your family and community, we want to share what your donations have meant for people on the front lines of COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts around the world. Thanks to your generosity, GlobalGiving has made rapid response grants to nonprofit partners in more than 20 countries. In addition, we continued our support to nonprofit partners in Europe through a new partnership with JPMorgan Chase. Here are a few highlights of the work being carried out right now by our nonprofit partners who are leading the effort to defeat COVID-19:

GlobalGiving partners continue to support the brave women and men treating patients at hospitals and clinics—nurses, doctors, technicians, as well as workers cleaning and disinfecting medical facilities. International Medical Corps reached 11 hospitals in New York, Los Angeles, and Puerto Rico with emergency medical units, equipment and/or volunteers. They’re also conducting specialized trainings and delivering medical protective equipment. They have plans to continue deploying this support to hot spots across the U.S., focusing on under-resourced communities. The Spanish Red Cross has activated its emergency response services, including actively monitoring at-risk populations such as the elderly and immuno-compromised who are socially isolating at home. Nearby in Germany, Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V. is supporting hospitals and health care facilities, as well as building and managing screening centers and screening vehicles.

Waqful Waqifin Foundation (Gift of the Givers) has established COVID-19 testing sites, including drive-through facilities, across South Africa. Their teams are providing hospitals with triaging capability. They’re also managing feeding programs at temporary shelters set up for people experiencing homelessness and delivering food to rural areas. Experts in disaster response, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT Foundation) medical teams are hard at work delivering life-saving treatment across Indonesia. ACT Foundation is also providing food, medical protective equipment, and hygiene materials to vulnerable families. In Burundi, the Association of Volunteers for Awareness, Promoting Human Rights and Sustainable Development is delivering test kits and crucial protective supplies such as masks  to health care providers.

But we know all too well that this pandemic is creating additional life-threatening conditions that extend beyond the impacts on our health, and are hitting the already vulnerable especially hard. That’s why we’ve sent your dollars to World Central Kitchen. Their teams are working with community leaders to deliver meals to children and their families, healthcare workers, and the elderly. In the U.K., we partnered with St. Mungo’s— one of the largest providers of services for thousands of people experiencing homelessness across 300 centers in the U.K. Their team is working diligently to help people who are sleeping on the streets or in hostels to self-isolate, providing food and support for their well-being. In addition, The Trussell Trust, which operates a national network of food banks, is coordinating an emergency response effort to help vulnerable populations access food, including the elderly and children who typically rely on free school meals. And in Spain, Amigos de la Calle continues to serve people living on the streets in Valencia, increasing their services to deliver much-needed food, hand sanitizer, masks, and other life-saving materials. 

Across all disasters, children are especially vulnerable, and this pandemic is no exception. Operating in low-income New York City communities, Children’s Aid is providing testing and treatment options in their health clinics. They are conducting in-person and virtual home visits and academic services for nearly 700 youth in foster care, helping to secure permanent housing for anyone who is at risk for homelessness, and distributing food families, and offering remote counseling. Aldeas Infantiles de España offers protection and well-being for 1,155 children in eight villages including through their foster programs. They’ve been providing emergency aid to meet the basic needs of vulnerable families, including delivering food, hygiene kits, health services, and cash vouchers. In Germany, Die Arche Christliches Kinder-und Jugendwerk e.V. is supporting children and their families during the national lockdown by delivering boxes of fresh and non-perishable items. Morocco has one of the highest numbers of infections in the African continent, and our partner, SOS Children’s Villages Morocco is providing safe accommodation, food, and health services to close to 1,000 children and their families.  

Because of sheltering in place mandates, survivors of violence are experiencing even greater risks to their safety and well being and their access to support services is significantly reduced. The Safe Horizon team is committed to supporting survivors of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault across New York. Their message is clear, “You are not alone. We are here to help you.” They’re continuing to operate shelters, helplines, and child advocacy centers, which means survivors have somewhere safe to go during this difficult time.

In areas already enduring humanitarian crises, the spread of the novel coronavirus is extremely concerning. GlobalGiving partners are committed to seeing their communities overcome these mounting challenges. The Middle East Children's Alliance team is providing emergency medical care for children and families across the Gaza Strip. With a focus on women, girls and the elderly communities, Improve Your Society Organization (IYSO) is providing hygiene kits and awareness trainings as well as delivering medical protective supplies. GlobalGiving is also supporting SMEPS and SANID to deliver humanitarian aid and livelihood training to Yemeni communities. 

The economic impact from COVID-19 shutdown measures is threatening millions of jobs in India and Bangladesh, affecting rickshaw drivers, garment workers, and other day laborers. JAAGO Foundation is sending medical professionals and lifesaving supplies to communities in need. The JAAGO Foundation team is also providing school meals for children who normally receive their only source of nutrition at school and delivering food and essential items to individuals and families in refugee camps. The Indian Association for the Blind is providing food, medicine, and support with rental costs for persons with visual impairments and their families.

I hope that, like me, you draw hope from the heroes across these four continents and the sheer humanity that unites us. Thank you for continuing to think of others even as you and your loved ones are touched by the impact of this pandemic.    

Alongside the rapid response grants being made from this Coronavirus Relief Fund, GlobalGiving is working around the clock to support the entirety of our nonprofit community in 170 countries through our COVID-19 Hardship Microgrants Initiative.

In gratitude and solidarity,

Sandrina da Cruz

Senior Humanitarian Response Specialist

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