We are committed to supporting vulnerable children, families and communities in Southern and Eastern Africa throughout this crisis.
In each of the five countries where we work – Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe – the social and economic knock-on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are growing. As it goes on, the impact on the vulnerable children we are working with is severe. It is:
- Weakening income and food security in their households and communities due to economic downturns.
- Increasing the risk that their rights will be violated due to harmful practices, such as child labour, child marriage and early pregnancy, which are exacerbated when families and communities are under financial pressure.
Together with our in-country partners, our focus is on encouraging and strengthening community-led responses by:
- Educating and sensitizing local community volunteers about preventative measures, who are introducing them into their communities.
- Building economic resilience within households and communities through village savings and loans groups and income generating activities, and protecting children from harm through community-led child rights initiatives.
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, along with the most recent information about our work during the pandemic.
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.
STAY UP TO DATE WITH OUR COVID-19 BLOG
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.