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LIVE UPDATES: World Relief Responds to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, its effects on individuals and communities across the globe only grows. Though our world may be changing every day, our mission at World Relief remains unchanged.

For over 75 years, we’ve been responding to the world’s most pressing humanitarian problems, and we are committed to supporting those who are most vulnerable during the pandemic and empowering local churches across the globe to the same. 

Currently, we are responding to the novel coronavirus in 10 countries across the globe, the U.S. included. Follow along below for live updates on how we are supporting and empowering those communities at this time. 


INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

Updated on April 22nd

  • Malawi
    • 58 churches have received posters for their walls on facts and key prevention measures of  COVID -19 prevention messages.
    • 40 church leaders who were given a bucket and basins for handwashing were also trained in construction of hand washing facilities using locally available resources.
    • These church leaders have so far reached about 1080 households.  
  • South Sudan
    • We’ve now reached 784 households with COVID-19 key messages during house-to-house visits in the community.
    • We’ve also reached 457 individuals (19 male; 438 female) with COVID-19 key messages in nutrition.

Updated on April 19th

  • Rwanda: 
    • We have provided food and hygiene kits for 29 Church Network Committees (over 400 individual churches) to give to the most vulnerable in their communities.
    • We shared COVID-19 messages with pastors who have smartphones. 
  • Cambodia: 
    • Nearly all villages where we conduct home visits have received an initial round of COVID-19 prevention lessons.
  • South Sudan
    • We distributed seeds to 4,009 households. 
    • We set-up handwashing stations in compliance with international/national recommended measures and created roped off lines to promote social distancing.
  • Sudan
    • We are in the process of purchasing food items in bulk, which will be distributed to 500 refugee households.
  • Malawi: 
    • We are preparing to roll out prevention messages through public addresses and brochures.

Updated on: April 12th

  • Burundi: 
    • 483 community leaders (including local officials, church leaders, volunteers) have been trained to share virus prevention messaging this week. They will be key influencers in the community.
  • Malawi
    • We are supporting a massive awareness campaign on COVID-19 through our partnership with Y Malawi. 
    • 40 Churches were given handwashing buckets with soap as a startup kit.
  • Sudan
    • We are supporting around 500 refugees in Khartoum to mitigate the economic and social impact of COVID-19 on refugees.
    • We obtained $150K from the OCHA Emergency response fund to create awareness on COVID-19.
    • We obtained WASH (water, sanitation & hygiene) support to benefit around 1.3M people in Central Darfur and 247,826 people in West Darfur.

Updated on: April 5th

  • Cambodia: 
    • 3,100 households in 155 villages have received COVID-19 prevention messaging thus far.
  • Congo: 
    • We are repurposing handwashing stations created for Ebola and leveraging our messaging networks in North Kivu, Ituri and Tanganyika Provinces to improve protection from COVID-19.
  • Kenya:
    •  Over 8,000 people have received social behavior-change messaging in Turkana and Kajiado counties.
  • Haiti: 
    • Over 100 Outreach Group volunteers are being trained in COVID-19 related messaging, which will reach 400+ households.


U.S. RESPONSE

In addition to continuing much of our vital programming like English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and Immigration Legal Services (ILS) virtually, our offices are also finding new ways to serve the most vulnerable in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s some of what they’ve been up to recently.

Updated on April 20th:

  • Spokane: 
    • We launched the #CARESforOthers campaign, inviting people who do not need their stimulus check to supplement their income to donate a portion of it to help neighbors in need.

Updated on April 16th:

  • Triad
    • Our team has adopted a Holistic Community Care Plan, which connects families with the essentials they need through regular phone check-ins, continued access to mental health services and teletherapy, assistance with the transition to online schooling and access to virtual English language practice. 
  • Seattle: 
    • We are providing non-perishable grocery distribution to community members. Grocery boxes will provide food for a family of four for two days.
  • North Texas: 
    • Burmese refugees participating in our women’s sewing initiative made 150 masks to deliver to the Texas Oncology Cancer Clinic.
  • Durham
    • Several of our immigrant clients have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus. We are remotely working to help them secure new employment as well as assisting with unemployment paperwork.
  • Sacramento: 
    • Our education team has teamed up with local elementary schools to distribute laptops to students without access to computers for remote learning.
  • Memphis: 
    • One of our church partners is delivering groceries to immigrant families who do not have access to a vehicle to drive to the local food pantry.

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