COVID-19  India Project #47904

COVID-19 Relief Fund

by GRACE Cares, Inc.
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Below is a report from the field from Project Hearts (one of GRACE Cares’s partners in Baitoa, Dominican Republic that has been distributing bags of food to needy families during the coronavirus lockdown):

 

"The situation has been difficult. Not all the families are able to receive help, but we're sharing the food. The bags have been so important. Really, we see them as being life itself."

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The couple pictured above are two leaders from the Haitian community here in Baitoa. Using a loaned "community car," they helped to distribute bags of food to Haitian families each week throughout the Dominican Republic's quarantine period, and were also receiving a bag. I think they said they have six people in their home: them two, the woman's mom (who is older and not in good health), and three kids. 

The economic impact of the virus on Haitian workers in the Dominican Republic has been the worst. The men usually don't have fixed jobs, and often work in construction whenever they can. They don't earn as much as Dominican workers, but tend to work at least twice as hard. These families struggled more economically even before work was halted for three months. When businesses did start reopening, it was only with limited numbers of employees, and the Haitian workers were not the first selected to return. Now they seem to be working normally again, but if the country does close down again—which is looking very likely—they will face more difficulties.

P.s. Look out for emails from GRACE Cares! This #GivingTuesday on December 1st on GlobalGiving (specifically for this project: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/covid-19-relief-guatemalan-and-kenyan-communities/) we will be raising funds to help Community Finance Guatemala and the Watha Project (in Kenya) to address the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities. GlobalGiving as well as generous donors will be matching donations made to the project “COVID-19 Relief: Guatemalan & Kenyan Communities” on #GivingTuesday December 1st!

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Paulina with her two granddaughters
Paulina with her two granddaughters

Meet Paulina (pictured above with her granddaughters that live with her)! She lives in the San Jose Adentro section of Baitoa, Dominican Republic. During the COVID-19 pandemic Paulina has been receiving bags of food from Project Hearts (one of GRACE Cares’s partners) to survive. Here is a brief interview that provides a window into her life and experiences during the time of the pandemic:

 

Q: How has COVID-19 personally impacted you?

A: It has impacted me a lot, since I’ve never seen a flu pandemic in the entire world like this, so this has been a big thing.

 

Q: How has it affected your family?

A: Some have been left without work, my children and grandchildren aren’t able to work, due to the virus.

 

Q: How has the virus impacted your community?

A: Well, thanks to God, there is nobody with cases of the virus in our neighborhood.

 

Q: How have the bags of food helped you during this time?

A: The food meant a lot to me, and I am grateful that they thought of me and helped me in this time of crisis.

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Meet Rebecca from Rwanda! Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, she is receiving important supplies from Kali to Kali (one of GRACE Cares’s partners). Here is Rebecca’s story of being in lockdown as shared by her before Kali to Kali started working with her:

“My name is Rebecca and I am 18 years old. I live in Masoro village. I can’t use my legs. During this time in which a global pandemic is going on it's very hard for me as a young girl in the rural part of the country.

I live with my family in a rural village where life is very hard even without a global pandemic... And it has become much worse during these trying times.

My parents are simple workers that earn daily wages which means that for our family to eat and survive they need to work.

These past few months the whole country has been in total lockdown due to the coronavirus, leading to closing of schools and other facilities nationwide. This has been very hard on everyone in the country, especially day-to-day workers like my parents, which led to us struggling very much to get by.

My siblings and I haven't been able to go to school and even though there are lessons on television and on the internet people like me and others I know aren't lucky enough to be able to access them.

Life at home is also very hard, having food to eat has been very hard for us and also being able to follow the required hygiene practices to prevent the spreading of the virus.

We haven't been able to access water and soap to wash our hands as many times as necessary and also use for other activities at home because we can't afford it. This also goes for other hygienic items like sanitary napkins which are also very important for us girls.

All in all, this unexpected pandemic has had a major effect on everyone's lives and it has been much harder for day-to-day workers and their families.”

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Ana (on right) with her mom
Ana (on right) with her mom

Meet Ana! She lives in the San Jose Adentro section of Baitoa, Dominican Republic. During the COVID-19 pandemic Ana has been receiving bags of food from Project Hearts (one of GRACE Cares’s partners) to survive. Here is a brief interview that provides a window into her life and experiences during the time of the pandemic:

Q: How did the situation of COVID-19 personally impact you?

A: I was a little scared that this virus might reach my family - we are all vulnerable, and we do not have the resources to survive the virus, and we are old. We're just asking God to let this all pass soon.

Q: How has the situation impacted your family?

A: My family has been out of work, mainly my son. We've had weeks where we don't know what to do or how to pay for the electricity and things like that. Praying no one in my family will get the virus.

Q: How has the virus impacted your community?

A: It has impacted things here a little, especially some things have not been available in the grocery stores, such as bread. And the church has been closed, so I have many friends I have not seen.

Q: How have the bags of food helped you during this time?

A: I'm very grateful, they helped me a lot during this time. I’m very grateful that in these circumstances Project Hearts helped me, and my whole family. It's a great thing.

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