Continuing the fight against coronavirus

25 February 2021

Coronavirus and lockdown measures have pushed farming families in Nicaragua into crisis.

Coronavirus and lockdown measures have pushed farming families in Nicaragua into crisis.

Your donations are the difference for hundreds of communities in the fight against coronavirus. 

By donating to CAFOD, you are supporting the Caritas church network, one of the largest aid networks in the world.

Together, we reach out to communities in 165 countries, through a global family of experts who know where the need is greatest and how to respond.

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed even more communities into extreme need, with families in refugee camps or area of conflict facing a new and deadly threat from the virus itself, and from lockdown restrictions.

Continue to be the difference for vulnerable families facing coronvirus

Responding to coronavirus around the world

Find photos of our response around the world:

Refugee camps

Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

Caritas engineer Nazmul distributes shelter kits to people in the camp.

Caritas engineer Nazmul distributes shelter kits to people in the camp.

Since 2017, over 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar and now live in makeshift shelters in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. The local experts you support have been providing emergency help since day one. 

A women's group training session on building new shelters with CAFOD funded kits

A women's group training session on building new shelters with CAFOD funded kits

The camps are very overcrowded and shelters are makeshift, making social distancing advice impractical, but outreach workers on the ground continue to provide clean water and health advice to vulnerable families .

White Nile camps in Sudan

Bronika Gabreyal, a hygiene promotor in a White Nile refugee camp, stands next to one of the life-saving handwashing points that have ben installed.

Bronika Gabreyal, a hygiene promotor in a White Nile refugee camp, stands next to one of the life-saving handwashing points that have ben installed.

Almost one million people have fled violence in South Sudan and are living in temporary camps in the White Nile area of Sudan. As well as providing coronavirus prevention advice for vulnerable families in the camps, you've helped to set up handwashing stations and provided PPE for outreach workers to do their jobs safely.

The situation in South Sudan remains too dangerous for many families to return home, but those who have stayed are also dealing with the effects of coronavirus, as well as challenges such as accessing water.

Join us for a talk on the work you fund in South Sudan on Tuesday 2 March

Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan

Syrian child in refugee camp

Millions of Syrians have fled the violence of the civil war and are living in overcrowded camps within Syria and in neighbouring countries.

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.

There is strong concern for people living in Syrian camps where overcrowding makes social distancing almost impossible. 

There is strong concern for people living in Syrian camps where overcrowding makes social distancing almost impossible. 

Frontline workers like Mustafa were already at work in the camps, supporting families. Now, as well as providing them with food and shelter, they have built new toilets and handwashing sinks, and given out PPE, soap to families, along with advice on how they can protect themselves from coronavirus.

Read more about the practical, emergency help you are helping to provide in Syria

Areas of conflict

Coronavirus is a crisis on top of a crisis for countries already facing conflict, but our local experts are adapting to reach those who need it most.

Yemen

A Yemeni family.

Yemen, already one of the world’s poorest countries, is being pushed to the brink of catastrophe.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, CAFOD's partner on the ground in Yemen is still getting aid to those in need. Working within lockdown restrictions, they have continued to give out emergency cash to the most vulnerable families who simply cannot afford to buy food.

Tigray, Ethiopia

Ethiopians who have arrived in Eastern Sudan are sitting under temporary shelters

Thousands of Ethiopians have now arrived in eastern Sudan. Credit: Norwegian Church Aid / Kristin Berg 

People fleeing from violence in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, into crowded temporary camps are at particular risk of coronavirus. Your donations are helping to provide hygiene kits to help stop the spread of the virus, along with water, food, emergency shelter materials and blankets.

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Asia

Afghanistan

Asal's husband died from coronavirus and she had to find a way to provide for their five children without him. You have funded a self-help group in her region to support mums like Asal with training and loans, so they can rebuild their lives.

A local staff member explains about good hygiene and handwashing to a family who are supported by one of CAFOD’s livelihoods projects

A local staff member explains about good hygiene and handwashing to a family who are supported by one of CAFOD’s livelihoods projects.

We are also working alongside our sister agency, Catholic Relief Services, which is providing training on coronavirus prevention to these vulnerable communities.

Cambodia

Family in Cambodia

Mr Sat Rot and his family in Cambodia were struggling financially due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. CAFOD's network of local experts responded by giving out emergency food and hygiene supplies along with training in farming.

Sat Rot and his family were immediately affected by coronavirus and lockdown: "Nobody buys, even if we have goods to sell". Thanks to your support, he and his family were given emergency food and hygiene supplies, and then five chickens, plus training in farming.

Sri Lanka

Food and hygiene packages have been distributed to women-headed households

Food and hygiene packages have been distributed to women-headed households, households including people living with disabilities, daily wage earners, and families from minority religious and ethnic groups who are often subjected to exploitation and discrimination.

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.

Read more about how coronavirus is affecting Sri Lanka

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Africa

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Woman washing hands at hygiene point

The importance of handwashing and hygiene facilities to prevent coronavirus has been underlined by the country's fight against Ebola.

Our network of local experts are applying the lessons learned from tackling Ebola in order to fight coronavirus. Communicating the importance of handwashing, and getting this message out through trusted faith leaders, has been essential.

Women make protective face masks in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Women make protective face masks in response to the coronavirus outbreak in DRC.

Women at the Centre Olame, which supports affected by physical and sexual violence in DR Congo, make masks, soap and detergent to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Find out more about our coronavirus response in DR Congo

Liberia

Alpha Kamara, a local water, sanitation and hygiene expert places awareness raising stickers on buckets that will be used for hand washing in remote communities.

Alpha Kamara, a local water, sanitation and hygiene expert places awareness raising stickers on buckets that will be used for hand washing in remote communities.

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.

Niger

In Niger, you are supporting the coronavirus response in 36 health centres run by the Catholic Church.

In Niger, you are supporting the coronavirus response in 36 health centres run by the Catholic Church.

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.

Zimbabwe

Staff check COVID-19 equipment

St Albert's Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe serves approximately 120,000 people, most of whom are subsistence farmers or living in extreme poverty.

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.

CAFOD is supporting this school in Zimbabwe to provide one nutritious meal a day for students who otherwise would struggle to get enough to eat during the coronavirus lockdown.

CAFOD is supporting this school in Zimbabwe to provide one nutritious meal a day for students who otherwise would struggle to get enough to eat during the coronavirus lockdown.

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.

Read more about how coronavirus is affecting Zimbabwe

Nigeria 

A local priest addresses the group of gathered women for a training session on coronavirus.

A local priest addresses the group of gathered women for a training session on coronavirus. 

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."

Read more about how you are supporting the coronavirus response in Nigeria

Sierra Leone

Staff at Handmaids Catholic Health Clinic wearing their PPE.

Staff at Handmaids Catholic Health Clinic wearing their PPE. 

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. 

Training is given to faith leaders on proper handwashing

A COVID-19 training and awareness-raising session was run by CAFOD with the Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone in Freetown.

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.

Kenya

Food and hand-washing supplies distribution in Kenya

Local experts deliver food to vulnerable families in rural Kenya.

Local experts deliver emergency food and hand-washing supplies to vulnerable families in Homa Bay, to help them survive the coronavirus outbreak.

Donate to help families facing hunger and coronavirus

Latin America and the Caribbean

Brazil

You are helping to train local volunteers to safely carry out food and hygiene kit distribution across favelas in São Paulo.

You are helping to train local volunteers to safely carry out food and hygiene kit distribution across favelas in São Paulo. 

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.

This project in São Paulo is providing emergency relief and support to ensure that homeless people living on the streets can survive the crisis.

This project in São Paulo is providing emergency relief and support to ensure that homeless people living on the streets can survive the crisis.

Homeless people in the city are particularly at risk, and are being given tents and sleeping bags as well as hygeine kits, plus counselling and support.

Read more about our coronavirus response in Brazil

Bolivia

An outreach worker disinfects public buildings to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Potosi, one of the poorest regions in Bolivia.

An outreach worker disinfects public buildings to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Potosi, one of the poorest regions in Bolivia.

In the little town of Vitichi, in one of the poorest areas in Bolivia, the local experts you support are providing medical supplies to the local health clinic to stop the spread of coronavirus and helping to build an isolation area for waiting patients.

Nicaragua

Coronavirus and lockdown measures have pushed farming families in Nicaragua into crisis.

Coronavirus and lockdown measures have pushed farming families in Nicaragua into crisis.

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. Female farmers are receiving good quality seeds which are resilient to climate change and can be planted in the next harvest season.

El Salvador

The Guarjila Health clinic leads an awareness raising session on COVID-19 with local community members.

The Guarjila Health clinic leads an awareness raising session on COVID-19 with local community members.

The healthcare team at Ana Manganaro clinic in a remote area of El Salvador are providing health education classes, home visits, phone consultations, pamphlets and community radio. Staff are also carrying out rapid and safe consultations for patients with respiratory problems.

Find out more about how your support is fighting coronavirus in El Salvador

Guatemala

We are providing food and hygiene kits to vulnerable indigenous Mayan families with a special focus on women, the elderly and children.

In Guatemala, vulnerable indigenous Mayan families are receiving food and hygiene kits - with a special focus on women, the elderly and children.

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.

Peru

Workers and those coming to collect food from this community kitchen are using face masks, hand sanitiser and respecting physical distancing.

Workers and those coming to collect food from this community kitchen are using face masks, hand sanitiser and respecting physical distancing.

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.

Colombia

Local church partners prepare emergency food kits for vulnerable families during the coronavirus crisis in Caquetá, in the Colombian Amazon.

Local church partners prepare emergency food kits for vulnerable families during the coronavirus crisis in Caquetá, in the Colombian Amazon.

Hundreds of food packages and PPE kits for children have been delivered to rural families in need in the Colombian Amazon by church teams, with your help.

“People managed to receive an immediate and vital response delivered with a lot of respect and love."

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