To protect the vulnerable populations that we support on a daily basis, our teams are doing everything they can to provide an emergency response to the Coronavirus crisis. Each week, follow the evolution of our activities in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Here is the update on our various interventions as of April 18, 2020.
Wherever possible, Aide et Action mobilises all its human and material resources to develop its projects to reach the most vulnerable populations. Educating communities on prevention measures and providing them with basic support is our priority. In addition to the activities detailed in our special report, here are the latest developments:
In India, our teams are developing various activities in order to provide complementary responses to the current crisis. To date, this includes, the translation of awareness materials on the virus into tribal languages, the promotion of organic home farming for confined families, and the creation of alternative masks.
At the top of our priorities is the protection of migrant workers, who are particularly vulnerable and at-risk during this time. Guaranteeing their food supply and defending their fundamental rights is a necessity. Our advocacy work with local authorities and the provision of psychological and nutritional support is helping to better protect them during this difficult period.
SOUTH EAST ASIA
Our projects in Vietnam and Laos are still on hold due to strict lockdown measures. In these two countries, partnerships are being defined for the development of long-term, post-crisis activities.
However, our teams in Vietnam are in regular contact with school managements. We are soon about to launch a creative art competition (writing/drawing/video/photo) to strengthen awareness of children’s rights, with a particular focus on health. Children will be invited to explore what they can do to protect themselves in the event of a health crisis, what they expect from the authorities and how to raise awareness among those around them. In doing so, they have the opportunity to make their voices heard during the crisis.
In Cambodia, speakers and information brochures were sent to the province of Pursat to allow our local volunteer there to disseminate information on preventive measures against Coronavirus. In this province, 40 hand-washing stations will be set up for marginalised communities and bags of rice will be provided to families facing food insecurity. In addition, rice distribution is also continuing in Phnom Penh.
Most of our activities are still suspended due to health regulations and the quarantine of several large cities.
In Guinea, discussions with the Orange Foundation are continuing around a project enabling children to be equipped with digital tablets for children, the distribution of protection kits and the installation of handwashing devices in schools.
In Togo, Aide et Action has embarked on an awareness campaign on COVID-19, in collaboration with the government. Posters and flyers for communities living in the capital, Lomé, have been produced.
An emergency fundraising campaign was set up to support our activities on the field.
To implement all these urgent actions and to best adapt our projects to this emergency situation, we need our most loyal support more than ever to help us!