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Like many organisations, we have been busy working out how to respond to the COVID-19 Coronavirus and its impact on those who are scheduled to travel with us over the next few months. However, the difficulties we face pale into insignificance compared to the situations our partners are dealing with.
As you may have seen, the Coronavirus has already led to Bethlehem being placed in quarantine, and to the closure of large parts of the West Bank. Our On Her Terms partners are also suffering as they try to care for the most vulnerable and at-risk young people.
We launched our Coronavirus Appeal in March to bring immediate and practical relief to those affected by the virus. We continue to work with our partners on the ground to allocate funds where they’re most needed.
Our partners in Bethlehem, Alrowwad, Holy Land Trust and Wi’am, have already used funds given by you. As so many people have lost income due to the collapse of the tourist trade, they have been providing emergency food supplies.
Thanks to you, our On Her Terms partner Umthombo in South Africa have been able to provide food, water, sanitary products and nappies to 200 young people who are locked down in abandoned buildings. Many of these are mothers with babies.
In India, Karunalaya are working with the pavement dwelling communities to pressure the Chennai Corporation into unlocking and cleaning the public toilets they rely on. They are also providing emergency food relief to those who without IDs who cannot access government programmes. A longer update on the situation in India and South Africa can be found here.
Our Climate Justice partner in Nicaragua, CEPAD (where there is no reliable data on the scale of the outbreak), are using the funds that you have given to support 250 families through their own Covid-19 emergency campaign.
We will continue to post regular updates on how funds given by you are being used over on our Facebook Page.
And it’s not too late to give — simply click on the button below if you are able to support our appeal. You can also make a donation here.
Finally, our thoughts are with all those who are suffering acutely from this disease and those who are mourning lost loved ones.
Director, Amos Trust
We work alongside grass-roots partners in Palestine, South Africa, Nicaragua, Burundi, India and Tanzania.
Reaching children on the streets, addressing their trauma, working with them and their families to reintegrate them into their homes, to realise their rights and recover their future.
Working with local and international peace activists, and partnering with grass-roots projects, to call for a just peace, reconciliation and full equal rights for all Palestinians and Israelis.
Addressing the impact of climate change and the causes of extreme poverty, building sustainable rural communities and empowering them to realise their rights.
Bringing people together to meet our partners from around the world, visiting the communities they work in and seeing their projects in action — building solidarity and lasting friendships.
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