Dear Friends and Supporters,
We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. To varied extents I'm sure you are all dealing with your own professional and personal crises, so this is just a brief update to stay connected and keep you in the loop on our efforts.
After a difficult couple of months and the unfortunate cancellation of our annual fundraiser, Fuel Relief Fund has found a place in the global pandemic response. Over the past several weeks we have been in conversations with the World Food Programme's Global Logistics Cluster (GLC) regarding prospective supply chain challenges due to the coronavirus and the recent collapse in oil prices. While there have not been many reports of fuel shortages or access constraints to date (with the exception of unique situations in Yemen, Venezuela, etc.), humanitarian operations around the world are bracing for a fallout, especially in highly vulnerable areas where Covid outbreaks are certain to wreak havoc on supply chains.
In response, FRF and the GLC are launching a new co-chaired venture: The COVID-19 Fuel Task Force. Harnessing the knowledge, skills, and resources of a select group of humanitarian and fuel industry colleagues, the task force's overarching goal is to ensure continuity of global humanitarian operations from an energy perspective and safeguard against shortfalls in beneficiary fuel access. We will be utilizing existing fuel price tracking and humanitarian data collection platforms as well as developing our own tools and products to map shifts in the global fuel market, establish or connect to early warning mechanisms, and identify mitigation and contingency measures.
This is a critical time for contingency planning among United Nations and NGO partners working in a variety of unstable and underresourced countries and FRF is privileged to be able to provide some assistance through this new initiative. We will keep you abreast of developments here on the GlobalGiving site (and you can always visit our website or more information!). In the interim, we hope that you take joy in knowing that FRF is making a difference in some small way during this very challenging time –– and that's thanks to YOU!
Wishing you all the best.
Fuel Relief Fund