The Corona pandemic and its consequences, such as lockdowns, curfews and contact bans, have had a dramatic impact: millions of people have lost their jobs, countless families are struggling to survive - including many children!
The enormous stress in families leads to more violence against children. Despite the curfews, children go out on the streets to earn money. This is because many parents have lost their jobs as day labourers due to the pandemic. Thus, more and more boys and girls are forced into exploitative child labour. Very few have disinfectants and protective masks. Many families no longer have enough to eat. Early marriage of girls and early pregnancies have also increased.
With your support, we can provide the poorest families worldwide with essential food and hygiene items, as well as protect children from exploitation. Please support us!
Food: to reduce the worst poverty in the refugee camps in Lebanon and to protect people from infection, we distribute hygiene and food baskets to Syrian refugee families. The food baskets include rice, lentils, chickpeas, spaghetti and milk.
Clean Water & Hygiene: we ensure that people have immediate access to clean drinking water and soap to protect themselves from infection. In Zambia, we are improving hygiene facilities at 25 schools and have distributed soap, disinfectant and masks. Mothers' groups have received fabric to sew protective masks. In Malawi, we are constructing new boreholes and installing toilets and hand-washing facilities at schools. In Lebanon, we are distributing hygiene items such as soap, gloves and chlorine for disinfection in refugee camps.
Education: access to education is more important than ever. Our partners ensure that children can continue to learn. In Lebanon, Syrian refugee children receive digital learning sessions and psychosocial support. In Zambia, for example, to provide education to as many children as possible during the lockdown in 2020, we funded 50 educational programmes on Power FM radio, hosted by teachers from the Ministry of Education. The content included mathematics, biology, physics, English, chemistry and educational quizzes.
Protection from violence and early marriage: in emergency situations, the risk of exploitation and violence against children increases. The economic losses caused by the pandemic lead parents to marry off their daughters early so that they can receive bride prices. In Zambia, the number of teenage pregnancies has increased significantly. To prevent this, we educate and support particularly needy families with seeds and animals for rearing. We advise girls who have become pregnant unintentionally and help them reintegrate into school.
Project: Corona aid for children in needMake a donation online