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In East Africa, drought followed by flooding and locusts have wiped out crops. People are hungry. Children are undernourished and at heightened risk of life-long disability – that’s if they survive.

Compromised immune systems and added health and rehabilitation needs make those with disabilities even more at risk of coronavirus infection.

These families have no reserve to weather COVID-19. Please help them survive the next few months.

Where all humankind of the global village have collectively become vulnerable, children, caregivers, youth and adult persons with disability are more vulnerable and at high risk of coronavirus infection.” – Tigabu Gebremedhin, Community Based Inclusive Development Advisor, Ethiopia

THE NEED ON THE GROUND

THE NEED ON THE GROUND

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Compromised immune systems and added health and rehabilitation needs make those with disabilities even more at risk of coronavirus infection.

Families living with disability, already among the poorest in the world, are experiencing even deeper poverty. Their already precarious employment is taking a direct hit from the vital quarantine directives needed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

They can’t get to the hospital for testing or for treatment. Many can’t put food on the table.

Health systems in the countries where we serve are already stretched. In this panicked environment, life-saving cleft lip and palate surgery to stop babies from starving, surgery for hydrocephalus (water on the brain) that without treatment kills 90% of children – these are considered non-essential.

OUR 3-POINT ACTION PLAN in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania:

Food Delivery

Last mile (Door-to-Door) Food Distribution

With local partners, we’re delivering food to some of the hardest hit families. We will prioritize the most vulnerable children and families and deliver basic food (grains, oil, beans) and soap door-to-door to keep these families alive.

Target: 3,640 families

Hand Washing

Fighting COVID-19

We are working with national health departments and systems to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in these countries. Through soap distribution, provision of clean water and hygiene education (hand-washing, physical distancing, disinfecting assistive devices), we are teaching families and communities how to keep themselves and their neighbours safe.

Target: Train and equip 400 local staff on COVID-19 prevention techniques (max. 5 workers at a time) to educate 85,000 people

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Easing Health Systems

We are bolstering the stretched health systems in these countries – giving our partners the ability to respond to urgent trauma and life and death surgeries for especially vulnerable kids. By doing what we do best, we can take pressure off government hospitals as they focus on treating cases of COVID-19.

Jesus calls us to hope and compassion

“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

– Matthew 14:27-29 (NIV)