The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken the world by surprise, and is a dire threat to vulnerable populations — as if living in poverty wasn’t already hard enough. Families with nearly no access to healthcare or personal savings are hurting. Community leaders are blindsided by demands put on response plans and hygiene education. With your help, FH is walking with partner communities as they struggle to fight off a new disease and react to a slowing global economy.
Here are some of the ways your support helps the response to coronavirus:
- Hand-washing training — in some remote areas, we even share instructions by cell phone
- Distribution of hygiene kits that include wipes, washcloths, hand sanitizer, and soap
- Establishing hand-washing stations in communities where clean water and soap are not readily available
- Providing healthcare and preventative resources to refugees living in crowded camps
- Providing emergency food to families who have no source of income due to restrictions preventing them from going to work
Meanwhile, many still suffer the debilitating effects of natural disasters, climate change, and conflict.
In 2018, coastal communities on Sumatra and Java were swept away by a tsunami, followed by earthquakes that hindered relief efforts. In 2019, Hurricane Dorian decimated 45% of the homes on affected Bahaman islands. Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Hundreds of thousands were left in desperate need of life-saving resources; still today many families have not yet rebuilt or returned home and are in need of food and clean water. Refugees are desperate for help. Over 1.3 million Rohingya have fled ethnic-based violence and are trapped in refugee camps in Bangladesh. A protracted conflict in Yemen has resulted in the most severe cholera outbreak ever witnessed, with hundreds of thousands of children affected. These are the world’s most vulnerable in dire need of healthcare.
Today, you can help meet these urgent needs — faithfully answering God’s call to respond to suffering — and help save their lives. Together, we are made for this.