WHAT HAVE WE BEEN DOING TO SUPPORT COMMUNITIES THROUGH THE PANDEMIC?
LEARNING THROUGH LOCKDOWN
Every child we support has been cut off from education and vital services whilst facing a rise of abuse and exploitation.
Together with our partners we have found creative ways to ensure the 16, 000 children we support have had access to education whilst schools have been closed and to ensure they are safe while they are cut off from regular protection services.
This took the form of radio lessons, phone lessons, lessons under trees, in tents, in teachers homes and in student’s homes along with doorstep visits and check in phone calls from teachers.
BUTOTO is a resident of Kyaka II camp in Uganda. Her son, Ndahaye is a pupil at one of our ECD Centres.
Ndahaye has been listening to radio lessons at home with his mum thanks to a solar powered radio given to her by Children on the Edge.
Before they had the radio, Ndahaye would go out to listen to the radio lessons at other people’s homes. She wished she could afford one herself so he could listen from home and learn with her support.
She said: "I feel like my children have not lost anything during Covid because we have been listening to the radio programmes on a daily basis".
EMERGENCY RELIEF WORK
Families have been forced out of work and struggled to source enough food to survive.
To support the communities we work with, we have been providing emergency food parcels to the most vulnerable families in Uganda, Lebanon, Bangladesh and India, delivering over 12,500 food parcels in 2020.
SHAMILA PRAVIN and her husband live in Digha, India and they have three children. Her husband worked as an electrician and she earned a living as a domestic helper.
During the second wave of Covid-19 in 2021, her husband contracted the virus and was seriously ill at home. The family had to quarantine for nearly 3 months.
They spent all their savings and were on the brink of starvation when Shamila approached her Women's Group (facilitated by our partners, NESWS) and asked for support.
She was given a Survival Kit and her family say that they are grateful for the timely support they received.
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