Covid-19 lockdown procedures are having a devastating effect on the slum dwelling, refugee and internally displaced communities we support around the world. Through 30 years of working with some of the most marginalised groups, we know they are always the hardest hit in times such as these.
Together with our local partners we have been pursuing sensible solutions to contain the outbreak and provided 12,500 essential supply parcels to households who are most affected. This is thanks to the support of many generous donors including The Angus Lawson Memorial Trust, Partners Asia, DAK Foundation, The Body Shop at Home™, Alex and Will De Winton, Jeff Lucas and Postcode Global Trust.
We are now working to find creative solutions to enable children's learning to continue and to ensure they are safe whilst they are cut off from regular protection services.
Last month a group of Grade 9 refugee students from the school we support in Lebanon crossed the border and returned to Syria to take their high school exams. Taking their exams in Syria enables the children to prepare for their future, allowing them to continue their education if and when a return to their home country is possible. It was a major achievement for the children, their parents and our team, which took a huge amount of planning and preparation.
The Body Shop at Home™ Virtual Christmas Event was fantastic; with consultants raising an incredible £86,796 in just one day.
As The Body Shop at Home goes from strength to strength, a record number of 15,000 entrepreneurial consultants took part in their first “at home” virtual conference, gathering to celebrate the launch of their Christmas 2020 product range and to raise money for Children on the Edge.