Thanks to all of you for supporting our work which must ontinue, because it is needed now as much as ever. COVID-19 is changing lives and working patterns and depriving LGBT persons from their usual networks of support such as family and close communities, which increases vulnerability. We are therefore working hard to fill the gaps and mobilize mechanisms for ensuring the needs of LGBT person are met.
There is an increase in the need for our services. Equal rights being the real issues and many LGBT people are facing both health and economical hardships. The environment needs saving, and most services are not available for free to the poor and vulnerable individuals’ especially homeless LGBT youth who need a shelter which puts the burden on our organization to respond quickly to unpredictable situations and deliver much needed services
Our advocacy is for communities who are ignored and excluded, or even scapegoated and criminalized. So with the emergence of this new pandemic, we're not surprised that the most marginalized among us are among those experiencing the most harm.
While our work to defend, protect and promote the human rights of LGBT people in Tanzania continues throughout these challenging times, our advocacy is that human rights must be at the centre of the response to this latest public health challenge. We're in a time when rapid responses are needed, but evidence is limited. This means an even greater risk that fear and misinformation will lead to public policies that are bad both for human rights and for public health.
We urgently need some extra funding because of additional challenges caused by COVID-19 Pandemic and now having a steady income is becoming hard for our organization, and that makes our budgeting a real challenge pushing the organization to run on a shoestring so our focus has now fallen on securing enough to cover administrative costs before seeing what is left for projects.