COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Supporting vulnerable children and communities during the COVID-19 crisis

In the shadow of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a socio-economic and child rights crisis developing at an alarming rate.

In March, UNICEF estimated that according to the $1.90 day international benchmark, 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have been pushed into extreme poverty since the start of 2020; the largest change ever recorded in a single year.

And when poverty rises at a household, community and national level, it is children who suffer the most.

Since the start of the pandemic, across the five countries where we work – Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe – financial pressures have driven a rise in issues such as child labour, child marriage and early pregnancy. In Malawi, a staggering 40,000 teenage pregnancies (an increase of 26%) and 13,000 child marriages were recorded within eight months of the pandemic. 

WHAT IS WESEEHOPE DOING?

At WeSeeHope, we are working with over 46,000 children and young people in isolated communities who were already vulnerable before the pandemic. Together with our in-country partners, we are using our community-led and skills-based approach, resources and expertise to mitigate the negative impacts on them by:

  • Helping parents and guardians set up or diversify businesses through our Village Investors Programme (VIP) so they are able to earn an income, ease increasing financial pressures in their households and build economic security.
  • Teaching new income generating skills, including the making of face masks and soap to improve COVID-19 prevention measures, as well as enhancing those already in place.
  • Strengthening child protection structures through existing programme community volunteer networks, so children who are at risk of abuse or who have dropped out of school are identified and supported during this time.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

It is even more essential that education, child rights and economic empowerment interventions like ours continue to reach vulnerable children during the pandemic. To sustain our programmes and the impact they have, we really need your support. 

Thanks to your generosity and kindness, we have made it through a difficult year. But the longer the COVID-19 crisis has gone on, our ability to raise the money we need has been seriously disrupted. We are optimistic that this will start to improve in the next six months, but we can’t be on pause right now. 

That’s why we would be so grateful if you could please help us get through this very difficult climate, and work with us to support vulnerable children, families and communities at this unprecedented time. 

THANK YOU

MAKE A DONATION

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.

£10

could help a community access clear, factual and updated information about COVID-19.

£30

could teach a Kids’ Club how to make face masks from low cost and locally available materials.

£55

could train a health task force set up through our Kids’ Club Programme to make ‘tippy-tap’ hand washing stations, face masks and soap.

TAKE ON OUR HOPE10,000

Following the huge success of the challenge last summer, our HOPE10,000 is BACK, and we would love you to join us! 

From 17th May – 30th June 2021, help us cover 10,000km and raise £10,000 to best support vulnerable children and communities throughout this time and beyond.

CELEBRATE & DONATE

If your birthday or a special event is coming up, why not celebrate with WeSeeHope by setting up a Facebook Fundraiser?

It is super simple and such an easy way to raise money and awareness on your big day!

Find out more about how we are positioned to respond to this crisis.

STAY UP TO DATE WITH OUR BLOG

COVID-19 UPDATE MAY 2021

Read our latest update about our programmes during the pandemic.

“WOMEN MAKING DECISIONS IS A BASIC FOUNDATION AND IMPORTANT INDICATOR OF WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT” 

Learn from some of our partners about the importance of working with women, especially in light of the pandemic.

LEARNING AND ADAPTING THROUGHOUT COVID-19

Hear from our Africa Director, Oswald Malunda, about what lessons we have taken on board during COVID-19.

GET IN TOUCH

The team are on hand to answer any questions you may have and would love to hear how you might be able to support us at this time. Please fill out our enquiry form below or contact us!

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