The Philippines has been dealing with an economic and educational emergency from COVID-19 for over 15 months, with vulnerable groups continuing to being hit the hardest. All public schools have been closed since March 14, 2020, placing over 20 million children into an enhanced education emergency. The economic impact of COVID-19 has forced millions out of informal work and in food insecurity. FundLife has been working on-the-ground to reach the most vulnerable young people and familes.
The Philippines has massive poverty and inequity. Over 25 Million People live on less than USD 8 a day per household, and many of whom are dependent on the informal economy just so they can survive. 15 months after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Philippines, the country is still not open for business or education. International tourism is suspended, with F&B, travel and sport sectors experiencing devastating losses resulting in many informal workers being out of income.
FundLife is directly supporting several on-the-ground organisations who are delivering emergency food packs to those who are going hungry. One food pack costs USD 15 and keeps a family of 5 in food security for 10 days. In addition, FundLife is focusing on keeping children safe, in particular, adolescent girls who face an increased risk during the lockdown. We are providing hygiene packs and education services to youth who have been out of physical schooling for over 1 year.
COVID-19 puts the already vulnerable at danger of not having enough food and thus expose themselves to the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. A secondary impact of COVID-19 is on children and adolescents who are at increased risk of abuse as well as losing their education. As families become more anxious over their ability to provide food and income, children are the first to suffer and risk having long-term psychosocial issues and increased pressure to drop-out of school.
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