Urgent Needs for Children Affected by COVID-19

by Global Fund for Children
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Urgent Needs for Children Affected by COVID-19
Urgent Needs for Children Affected by COVID-19
Urgent Needs for Children Affected by COVID-19
Urgent Needs for Children Affected by COVID-19
Urgent Needs for Children Affected by COVID-19
Urgent Needs for Children Affected by COVID-19
Urgent Needs for Children Affected by COVID-19
Urgent Needs for Children Affected by COVID-19
Urgent Needs for Children Affected by COVID-19
Action Femme Enfants, Senegal.
Action Femme Enfants, Senegal.

Since mid-March, Global Fund for Children has been working with our community-led partners, who are uniquely positioned to protect children and youth during the coronavirus pandemic. Support through our Emergency Response Fund is helping provide grassroots organizations with the immediate resources they need to keep young people safe and healthy during COVID-19 and beyond.

Since our last update:

  • Seventy-six partners in 22 countries have requested our support
  • We’ve already approved $153,000 in emergency grants to 54 partners
  • We expect partners to need more than $500,000 in the coming months alone

The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating vulnerabilities for children and youth worldwide, and GFC’s partners are at the heart of community responses. These local organizations have pivoted to providing emergency hygiene kits, critical food supplies, and accurate information to children and families. They're also struggling to support young people affected by economic fallout, spikes in violence, and unsafe situations caused by pandemic lockdowns, while searching for new ways to continue delivering key programming with limited resources.

Organizations GFC has helped support include:

Ashanti Peru, a group that works with Afro-Peruvian youth to combat racism and support the Afro-Peruvian community. The Afro-Peruvian community in Lima only has access to running water a few hours a day, and Ashanti Peru is distributing free hygiene kits with hand sanitizer and soap to hundreds of poor and vulnerable families there.

Samburu Girls Foundation, based in Kenya, which operates a rescue center for over 300 girls who have escaped from abusive homes, child marriage, and/or female genital mutilation. Because of the pandemic, Samburu was forced to shut down the center and find safe, temporary housing for the girls. Samburu is working with families, village leaders, and broadcast media to continue to protect these girls, as well as provide accurate information about COVID-19 to the community.

Institute for Rural Initiatives, based in Moldova, which builds civic culture and increases economic opportunities for children and families in Moldova’s poorest communities. Now, the biggest challenge these rural families are facing is hunger. Since the pandemic began, IRI has mobilized local groups in 19 villages all over Moldova, assisting 73 families and 249 children with food and essential supplies.

Your support is critical to helping more grassroots organizations like these meet urgent needs for children and communities.

GFC partner delivering masks and hand sanitizers.
GFC partner delivering masks and hand sanitizers.
A GFC partner in Honduras providing medical care.
A GFC partner in Honduras providing medical care.
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The needs from around the world are pouring in, and while many of our community-based partners have been forced to suspend their normal work, they are pivoting to assist with hygiene and education to keep children and communities safe. We’ve been able to assist many of these local organizations, but needs exceed our resources. To help raise additional funds for our partners, we have launched this GlobalGiving project, as well as an Emergency Response Fund

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, over the past two weeks GFC has:

  • Heard from more than 40 community-based partners
  • Received requests for about $100,000 in support, with more expected every day
  • Approved $47,000 in emergency grants to partners, and we know that the needs will grow

Below are a few examples of the types of grassroots responses GFC is supporting: 

  • Hygiene supplies and personal protection equipment for children and families
  • Supplemental food and nutrition for families facing loss of income
  • Community education and door-to-door campaigns for disease prevention and to dispel myths
  • Radio programs and social media campaigns to raise awareness and share accurate information
  • Online and telephonic counseling services

GFC’s global grantmaking mechanism is well placed to quickly distribute funds to vetted organizations. Your support is critical to helping provide the immediate, on-the-ground resources they need.

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