| Aug 25, 2023
COVID-19 Relief Response Update
Our small, but mighty network of civil society organizations continue to welcome migrants and deportees to ensure their basic needs are met. Unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to impact millions of people's lives in Tijuana and the U.S.-Mexico border region. Since March 15, 2020, ICF has been granting to local nonprofits to provide PPE, food, medicine, shelter and legal services to vulnerable migrants and deportees in the border region. Please help us unite, inspire, and provide hope to our nearest neighbors.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to limit border activity and stall immigration proceedings, thousands of immigrants and refugees are stuck at the US-Mexico border waiting for legal status. Lack of access to healthcare, food and employment opportunities means they are more vulnerable than ever. Meanwhile, shelters struggle to maintain social distancing guidelines while providing for their basic needs. As Tijuana's COVID cases rise and the health system is overwhelmed, immigrant families are at highest risk.
As we have in the past, ICF’s team calls on current and former grantees to assess the needs in their communities, then contacted our wide network to secure financial support for these hygiene, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and informational requests. As a result, ICF deployed over $5.1 Million in grants in 2020. We want to thank you for your part in this incredible response.
ICF continues to accept donations to support organizations in Tijuana that will help provide urgent medical supplies and PPE such as masks for hospitals and clinics; IT support and supplies for nonprofits providing critical services to immigrants such as legal counsel, psychological aid, and educational programs for kids and adults; emergency food and basic supplies for vulnerable families; and funds for salaries, rent, utilities and scholarships to help nonprofits survive funding cuts due to COVID-19.
Since 2018, ICF has granted over $6 million to local nonprofits supporting migrants and asylum seekers in the San Diego-Tijuana border region. Now, COVID-19 presents new challenges for this population. From our base in San Diego, ICF is committed to providing critical needs like food and medical supplies, and long-term support during the recovery which may include legal services to families, mental health support, job recovery, and ongoing basic needs like shelter, food, and medical treatment.
In these challenging times, we find inspiration in your compassion and that of our local partners – the courageous leaders who are taking great risks to bring food, PPE, and other supplies directly to the communities where they are needed most.