Local farmers distributed food to hungry families.
As we wrap up this project on GlobalGiving, we wanted to take a moment to give huge thanks to you for your generous contribution to our humanitarian relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil, Colombia, and Bolivia.
As is the case in almost all disasters and emergency situations, women have been hardest hit by the pandemic, since it began over three years ago.
Often being the primary caregivers for children, the sick and the elderly, they are most likely to be exposed to the virus.
They are also more likely to work in insecure, informal jobs – the first to be cut in a crisis.
Meanwhile, the pandemic has unleashed a surge in violence against women and girls across the world, made worse by being locked down or quarantined at home, with little or no access to life-saving services and support networks.
Due to the closure of schools, girls have been put at greater risk of experiencing violence at home – even leading to increases in teenage pregnancies.
In April 2020, ActionAid declared an emergency response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our global response aimed to support close to 15 million people across 40 countries, particularly women and girls and marginalised groups.
In Brazil, Colombia, and Bolivia, our priorities have been the prevention and containment of Covid-19; protection of women and girls; and providing urgent aid including food and water.
As in all emergencies, we have put into action our women-led, localised response to the pandemic: promoting women's leadership, ensuring women are empowered to make decisions about the needs of their community, and amplifying the voices and representation of women in humanitarian decision-making spaces.
Through our global COVID-19 response, we have reached over 25 million people with our life-saving support: delivering food supplies, distributing essentials like soap and water, funding women’s shelters and combating the spread of misinformation with awareness-raising projects like local radio broadcasts.
This work would not be possible without partners like you: caring individuals who are willing to give what they can.
Thank you so much for your generosity and support and please keep updated with our ongoing humanitarian work by signing up for our newsletter at www.actionaid.org.