Global Coronavirus Relief

by ActionAid USA
Global Coronavirus Relief
Global Coronavirus Relief
Global Coronavirus Relief
Global Coronavirus Relief
Global Coronavirus Relief
Global Coronavirus Relief
Global Coronavirus Relief
Global Coronavirus Relief
Global Coronavirus Relief
Global Coronavirus Relief
Opening a hygiene facility in City Carton, Kenya.
Opening a hygiene facility in City Carton, Kenya.


Dear Friend,

We were reminded that this month marks one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. Since then, we have seen how inequalities, especially gender inequality and disparities in access to healthcare - vaccines, tests, and treatments, have played a role in increasing the spread of this devastating virus. 

In the midst of a tough year, we came together to support our community partners around the world. Thanks to your solidarity, we were able to respond immediately and support local activists to:

  • Distribute over 70 handwashing stations and other hygiene and sanitation supplies in Somaliland to help stop the spread of coronavirus in vulnerable communities.
  • Provide sewing machines to Rohingya women living in the refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, enabling them to make and sell masks to keep their community safe.
  • Deliver soap to 5,000 families and provide vital health information to rural communities in Cambodia in partnership with women leaders from previous disaster management projects.  

The pandemic may seem like it’s coming to an end in the U.S., but in other parts of the world, the most vulnerable won’t see an end to its impacts for years to come. Already we know that some countries could be waiting until 2024 for widespread vaccination. Your support will help bridge the gap - and strengthen the fight for human rights.


Thank youforsupporting women on the frontlines of COVID-19. 


In gratitude,

Francis Noon
Individual Giving Officer, ActionAid USA

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ActionAid staff prepare Covid-19 distribution pack
ActionAid staff prepare Covid-19 distribution pack

This year has been a challenge for us all. However, we have been able to address these challenges with the help of our international partners across the globe.

For example, ActionAid's confirmed direct reach in 19 countries in Africa is 1,052,785 people with an indirect reach of
10,611,751 people. The latter number includes widespread awareness raising activities such as radio and TV broadcasting, which enable us to share informtion about COVID-19 and how to prevent the spread to as many people as possible. In these countries, our response has included:

Unrestricted and Multipurpose Cash Transfers to help families meet their immediate
needs, and to community collectives to have the resources needed to combat the
pandemic, reaching more than 13,000 people (DRC, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Senegal).

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities, including handwashing stations
and facilities in public areas, such as markets and hospitals, and distributing soap and
hygiene kits to more than 182,607 people (Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya,
Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Somaliland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe).

Food support including the distribution of food kits, containing essentials such as oil,
sugar, maize, salt, mealie meal, beans, tuna fish, etc. depending on the local context,
reaching more than 88,877 people (Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal,
Somaliland, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe)

Awareness raising of the COVID-19 virus, transmission, how to protect yourself and
others and symptoms via radio stations, TV, local print media, and social media,
indirectly reaching more than 7,078,067 people (DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria,
Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, South Africa).


In the Americas, we are working with local partners and women’s groups in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala and Haiti. To-date we have reached 2,060,370 people. Our work has included:


Hygiene kits & Disinfection kits
Sensitisation kits (radio, boombox, memory card, solar panel)
Food kits and food vouchers
GBV trainings
Psychosocial support and psychosocial care
COVID-19 prevention such as disinfection kits
Cash transfer support helping people meet their immediate needs.


As 2020 comes to a close, our work in addressing COVID-19 continues.  Thank you so much for your commitment. It makes a world of difference.

Action Aid provides assistance in Colombia
Action Aid provides assistance in Colombia
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Talat, Bhopal, India
Talat, Bhopal, India

Thanks to your support, the Gauravi Crisis Centre in Bhopal, India, has opened a community kitchen and is delivering food and sanitation kits to COVID-impacted communities – all while continuing its helpline for domestic violence survivors.

Talat, pictued above, is one of 12 rickshaw drivers working with the Gauravi Crisis Centre to deliver 5,000 to 7,000 food packets from the kitchen per day to vulnerable members of the community, including survivors of violence, transgender people, Muslim minorities, migrant laborers, and people who are homeless. A survivor of domestic abuse, Talat learned to drive a rickshaw through a rehabilitation program at the Gauravi Centre. There, she also received medical treatment, legal aid, and counseling – all under one roof. This program has not only provided Talat with an opportunity to earn a living but also equipped her with skills she is now using to support ActionAid’s coronavirus response.

Long-term partnerships, like our work here with survivors of domestic violence in India, are what make it possible to respond to crisis at a moment's notice - and your support is what makes it happen. Thank you so much for your commitment. It makes a world of difference.

Want to learn about your impact on COVID-19 response in other countries? Check out your impact - from Nigeria to Vanuatu - here.

Laxmi, COVID-19 community volunteer
Laxmi, COVID-19 community volunteer
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Like you, families around the world are doing whatever they can to stay safe. With so many health care systems and governments overwhelmed by this crisis, it’s the strength of communities that will determine how we all get through this.

We are launching emergency preparedness and response programs around the world to limit the spread of coronavirus and defend the rights of those who are most at risk. Building on decades of local partnerships, our global response includes the distribution of hygiene kits, public health education, and advocacy for public services.

Your donation goes a long way to support communities on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Support workers in India: Help distribute food packages to more than 55,000 of the most vulnerable families. With 1.3 billion people ordered to stay at home, informal workers such as domestic workers and street vendors will have no way to earn a living during the lockdown.
  • Stand with rural women in Liberia: Building on partnerships from the Ebola crisis, join local women’s rights organizations and rural women leaders to distribute life-saving health information and combat violence against women.
  • Strengthen women’s collectives in Kenya: Spread information and myth-busting leaflets to communities through a network of women’s collectives and community groups. Communicating the right information is vital in informal settlements, which are overcrowded and likely to be worst affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

These are unprecedented times. Even – and especially – in the midst of crisis, your commitment to fighting for human rights matters. Thank you for your support.


In gratitude,

Niranjali Amerasinghe
Executive Director, ActionAid USA

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Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
Francis Noon
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