Equip communities to combat COVID-19

Help communities to protect themselves from the pandemic and future-proof their livelihoods

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The pandemic is disrupting all our lives, and millions of people are being pushed into poverty on a global scale

We immediately responded to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect communities by providing essential hygiene facilities and improving food production. But we need to do more. In the rural communities where we work, government restrictions on travel and the closure of food markets, along with rising prices of basic items, means that increasing numbers of people are unable to buy food and families are at risk of starvation.

Uganda’s population of almost 1.5 million refugees are particularly hard hit with 72% already relying on food parcels for survival

Food aid was cut by 30% in April and lockdown created dramatic increases in the cost of basic food items. We urgently need to prioritise access to food and soap for refugees who are at severe risk of hunger. Training in vegetable gardening and quick growing seeds gives people the skills and resources to feed their families and to sell any surplus.

In Sierra Leone, our enterprise development programme is helping to prevent small businesses failing with increased microloan availability, and working with people to start new businesses growing vegetables. We’re also supporting 68 rural communities with kits to grow their own vegetables, raising local knowledge about keeping safe and supporting local soap makers to increase their production to provide essential hygiene supplies.

Here’s what your donation can do:

£2.50 could provide a household with essential hygiene supplies, including a bucket for handwashing, soap and face masks

£5 could support a farmer with high-quality local vegetable seeds, enabling them to grow fast-maturing vegetables to feed their families and sell

£40 could provide a farmers’ group with a savings kit and training, so they have access to loans for investment in new business ventures

£13 could support someone with the materials and skills to learn how to make soap and start up their own soapmaking business

£350 could set up a community handwashing station, so that at least 230 people have access to a safe handwashing facility to prevent virus transmission