COVID-19 is an unexpected global health and humanitarian emergency. It threatens to create devastating social, economic, and political crises that could leave deep scars for years to come, putting at risk the lives and livelihoods of billions of people. Your donation to this Fund will help prevent the pandemic and alleviate the suffering of vulnerable groups in Congo-Kinshasa by promoting an hygiene at home and schools as well as providing food to hungry children and impacted families.
COVID-19 appeared in Congo on March 10, 2020 amid multiple crises, including Ebola and armed conflicts that have displaced 5 Million people. The government enacted restrictions that included businesses and border closures until July 22. Yet, the testing capacity is very low and the true number and spread of cases is greater than the 10292 confirmed cases. Poor family's access to food and income has been reduced and the prices of imported goods that Congo is dependent on have increased of 150%.
We are partnering with Vodacom Fondation, the FAO-RDC Office and PARRSA-FA (World Bank agriculture funded project) to provide poor rural and urban households connected to our plateform with free COVID-19 information and hygiene awareness services, face masks as well as financial inclusion services for food production and microbusiness protection. As schools will re-open on October 3, your donation will help promote hygiene in schools and supply food to poor hungry children.
We believe that providing teachers and community leaders with information on COVID-19 and schools with hygiene awareness services will allow them to rise the community of out of risks of contagion, and this will granty health and well-being for their students and families. Also, we believe that providing poor families with financial support to reinforce local food production and microbusiness protection will enable the community recover from the trauma of COVID-10 crisis and rise out of poverty.