The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are being felt across the entire globe, and our sponsor sites are not exempt.
Border closures, job losses, and food shortages are disproportionately affecting the poorest in our global community, many of whom already face dire circumstances on the best of days. Even though many of our site offices are closed, families are able to access funds through our unique family funding model, where funds are sent directly to the bank accounts of families.
"For most of our families, who are also living through the fear and isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, their only source of income at this time is sponsorship funds," says MaryAnne McKinnon, our Senior International Manager. "On top of food shortages and skyrocketing prices, the support they receive means that they are actually able to buy some food to feed their families. In times of crisis such as this one, the poor are always the most impacted. We are thankful that we have the mechanism of family funding to be able to send direct support to families and elders."
All of our sites are beginning to struggle with food security, medical needs, and job losses.
Please note that any donations that exceed the request will be used to fund other disaster fund emergencies that may arise.
COVID-19 Disaster Relief
- Category: Disaster Fund