Rebuilding lives in the fight against coronavirus
17 September 2020
Your donations are making all the difference in the fight against coronavirus. With your continued support, we can provide life-saving food, clean water, and hygiene kits. We can help families build a future that they can look forward to. We can give people the chance to survive, rebuild and heal.
Our collective expertise and experience – in water, hygiene and sanitation programmes, supporting families when their livelihoods are threatened, and in building strong partnerships with faith leaders and technical experts – reaches right across the world and means we can support the vulnerable and most in need during the coronavirus crisis.
Our programmes around the world are run by committed local experts and we are in constant touch with them as they deal with this crisis.
Responding to coronavirus around the world
Find photos from the regions of the world we work in:
Through the work of local experts in Liberia, you are raising of awareness of coronavirus in remote communities, as well as with vulnerable groups in more villages and towns. This programme is making a difference - distributing hygiene materials and encouraging people to regularly wash their hands is helping to reduce the spread of the virus.
Caritas Niger is distributing hygiene kits and raising awareness of good handwashing as part of CAFOD's coronavirus response. Throught this network of local experts, you are also supporting 36 health centres run by the Catholic Church.
Here hospital staff are checking COVID-19 equipment purchased with CAFOD and Caritas Australia funds. The equipment includes gloves, masks, glasses, aprons and sanitiser to protect frontline staff as they keep the people they serve safe during the crisis.
Lockdown measures to contain coronavirus can cause poor families to go hungry, so we are supporting schools to provide one nutritious meal a day for students who otherwise would struggle to get enough to eat. The food is still being provided even through the schools are currently closed. You have also funded a face mask for every child so they can continue to come and collect their food parcel, plus buckets for handwashing.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Centre Olame, a long-standing CAFOD partner, support women effected by physical and sexual violence in DR Congo. Here, women make masks for staff and visitors to the centre, plus soap and detergent to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Our outreach workers are working alongside local organisations within nine refugee camps for those fleeing violence in South Sudan. As well as providing coronavirus prevention advice, we have set up handwashing stations and provided PPE for outreach workers to do their jobs safely.
Women gathered for a community awareness session on coronavirus. Father Felix addressed the group by saying: "Protecting yourself and your loved ones from the infection of COVID-19 is a duty and a responsibility we cannot ignore. Here, staying at home, maintaining physical distance, regularly washing hands and wearing face masks becomes the greatest of charities and our best gift to humanity."
CAFOD has supported local partners in Addis Ababa in preventing the spread of coronavirus. Soap has been distributed to over 200 vulnerable women across the city, and messages were shared about preventing the spread of the virus.
In collaboration with local partners, a women’s empowerment program for urban women in Addis Ababa has been running for several years. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, CAFOD has provided sanitary supplies and food aid to the women. Although suffering themselves, the women have come together to help each other and their local communities during this difficult time.
Doctors and nurses at Handmaids Catholic Health Clinic have been given personal protective equipment with CAFOD funding. This includes face masks, gloves, hand sanitiser, liquid hand soap, and boots.
A COVID-19 awareness-raising workshop in Freetown was attended by 30 faith leaders, as well as CAFOD staff, representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Ministry of Health. The faith leaders were equipped with reliable information on proper handwashing and advice from the WHO on COVID-19 that they can share in their communities through Mass and sermons.
Local experts deliver food and hand-washing supplies to vulnerable families in Homa Bay, to help them survive the coronavirus outbreak.
Local experts you support have distributed food and hygiene packages to 580 of the poorest and most vulnerable families in three districts of Sri Lanka.
Packages included rice, sugar, vegetables, soap and face masks and outreach workers spent time raising awareness with the families who came to collect them on the importance of hand washing, social distancing and use of face masks.
Caritas Bangladesh, a fellow member of Caritas Internationalis, has launched an awareness-raising campaign in a refugee camp. Inhabitants of the camp were reminded of the importance of regular hand-washing, as well as maintaining social distancing where possible.
Local experts wear protective equipment give money to the poorest families in Barishal region. You were already supporting these vulnerable people who can be widows and single mothers, or living with disabilities.
Your donations have supported CAFOD's local experts to help remote communities in Afghanistan grow food and access clean water for many years. We also work alongside our sister agency, Catholic Relief Services, which is providing training on coronavirus prevention to these vulnerable communities.
Volunteers from a CAFOD-funded environmental group make supplies of soap, hand sanitiser and face masks to protect nurses from coronavirus.
Indigenous Mayan families are receiving emergency food and hygiene kits you have helped to fund. Protective vests and gloves for outreach staff to wear have been provided, as well as digital thermometers that are used to check people’s health, so they can be referred to local clinic.
In Lima, Peru, you are helping to provide food and money for medicine to vulnerable Peruvian families and Venezuelan migrants. These groups do not have enough food to eat as many of them are not currently on lists to receive any support through government schemes.
You may recognise Edelmira from CAFOD's Harvest Fast Day appeal in 2017. Here she holds tomatoes she has grown in her home garden during lockdown.
Female farmers in rural El Salvador are learning to create home gardens and rear chickens under lockdown, and saving any extra money they earn with a local women's group, which you support.
The healthcare team at Ana Manganaro clinic in rural El Salvador are shown here in their PPE. They are carrying out home visits in their local community to explain preventive measures and rapid consultations for any patients with respiratory problems.
CAFOD has released an emergency grant to support the clinic, helping the staff to prevent, monitor and detect Covid-19 cases in the community.
You are helping to fund food and hygiene packages, plus training for volunteers, so that we can safely help families living in favelas in São Paulo to survive the coronavirus outbreak.
Extreme weather such as droughts, floods and landslides mean farming in rural Nicaragua is difficult, but coronavirus and lockdown measures have pushed some families into crisis. These female farmers are receiving good quality seeds which are resilient to climate change and can be planted in the next harvest season.
With CAFOD funds, local experts from Radialistas Apasionadas broadcast a series of radio spots and clips across Latin America. In addition to giving accurate coronavirus prevention advice, they asked people to think about the type of world we want to live in after the pandemic ends.
Overcrowding in Syrian camps, plus a lack of water and hygiene facilities, means that families fleeing conflict are very vulnerable to coronavirus. They don’t have enough money to buy soap, masks or hand sanitiser.
Coronavirus has now been reported in camps in North West Syria. Mustafa, a frontline worker supported by CAFOD, lives in a camp outside Idlib: “My heart is beating so hard; we are expecting an explosion of coronavirus in the camps. It will be a catastrophe. Please help them.”
CAFOD has provided funding to Caritas Jerusalem, enabling them to provide food and hygiene supplies to 500 vulnerable families in the West Bank.
What you can do to help
In order to continue protecting and improving the lives of those in poor communities, your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever.