The Philippines has been under strict community quarantine since March 14th. Since then, over 45% of the population has been left unemployed, with the poorest people struggling to put food on the table and afford basic hygiene products to stay protected from COVID-19, with cases in Cebu spiking in recent weeks. For children, the impact on education has been catastrophic, with schools closed for over 5 months and not due to open until next year. People need urgent and sustained help.
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. As the Philippines passes 170 days of community lockdown restrictions, the impacts have been profound and multi-dimensional. In addition to the health emergency, the restrictions have meant millions of poor people cannot work and millions of children are out of all learning.
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 leaflets to keep safe and avoid the spread of COVID-19.
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.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).