Please help us respond to the social and economic implications of this crisis on the children and communities we work with.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa is rising and, as the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on 13th August, “the virus is now moving from high-density urban areas to informal settlements and then onward to rural areas that have a lower population density.” In each of the five countries where we work – Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe – the social and economic knock-on effects of the pandemic are growing.
As this crisis goes on, the impact on the vulnerable children we are working with is severe. It is:
- Causing disruption to their education with schools closed in each of the countries apart from Tanzania.
- Weakening income and food security in their households and communities due to restrictions on movement and economic downturns.
- Increasing the risk that their rights will be violated due to harmful practices, such as child labour, child marriage and early pregnancy.
Together with our in-country partners, our focus is on encouraging and strengthening community-led responses to COVID-19 by:
- Educating and sensitizing local community volunteers about preventative measures, who are introducing them into their communities.
- Sustaining key programme activities in order to build social and economic resilience within households and communities, and to protect children from harm.
The road ahead is full of uncertainties and challenges so please, if you are in a position to support our work at this time, we would really appreciate it. You can find out more about how you can do this below…
If you can help in any way, either by making a donation – big or small – or, if your circumstances allow, setting up a regular gift, we would be so grateful.
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Working side-by-side with our partners, we are encouraging and strengthening community-led responses to COVID-19 in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. We are providing regular updates about our impact at this time on our blog.