Rebuilding lives in the fight against coronavirus

17 September 2020

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.

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. 

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Responding to coronavirus around the world

Find photos from the regions of the world we work in:

Africa

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.

Volunteers distribute hygiene materials, and give coronavirus awareness training in Liberia.

Volunteers distribute hygiene materials, and give coronavirus awareness training in Liberia. Community awareness exercises and community engagement means that local people are adjusted to the newly introduced COVID-19 preventative measures.

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

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

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

Supported by CAFOD, the Olame Centre women's group are making detergent and soap to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Supported by CAFOD, the Olame Centre women's group are making detergent and soap to combat the spread of coronavirus.

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.

Find out more about our coronavirus response in DR Congo

Sudan

Outreach workers drive a truck displaying coronavirus prevention advice around a refugee camp.

Outreach workers drive a truck displaying coronavirus prevention advice around a refugee camp.

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.

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

Ethiopia

Staff pack their van ready to distribute soap to vulnerable women across the city.

Staff pack their van ready to distribute soap to vulnerable women across the city. 

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. 

A woman poses for a picture

CAFOD has helped to provide essential items to women taking part in an empowerment programme in Addis Ababa. 

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.

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

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Asia

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

Bangladesh

A little girl washes her hands with soap at a water pump

A girl washes her hands with soap at a water pump in a refugee camp. 

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 in Bangladesh wear protective equipment give money to the poorest families

Local experts wear protective equipment to give money to very poor families in Bangladesh.

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.

Afghanistan

A girl washes her hands in Bamyan province, Afghanistan. CAFOD is funding a food project with Bamyan communities.

A girl washes her hands in Bamyan province, Afghanistan. CAFOD is funding a food project with Bamyan communities.

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.

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.

Myanmar

Volunteers in Myanmar make face masks for nurses

Volunteers in Myanmar make soap, hand sanitiser and face masks.

Volunteers from a CAFOD-funded environmental group make supplies of soap, hand sanitiser and face masks to protect nurses from coronavirus.

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Latin America and the Caribbean

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

You are funding this community kitchen in Lima, Peru that is giving food to vulnerable local families and Venezuelan migrants.

You are funding this community kitchen in Lima, Peru that is giving food to vulnerable local families and Venezuelan migrants.

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.

El Salvador

You are supporting women like Edelmira who are learning to create home gardens and raise chickens while under lockdown, to ensure they can earn money and feed their families.

You are supporting women like Edelmira who are learning to create home gardens and raise chickens while under lockdown, to ensure they can earn money and feed their families.

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.

CAFOD helps to fund the Ana Manganaro clinic, a community health project based in Guarjila in rural El Salvador.

CAFOD helps to fund the Ana Manganaro clinic, a community health project based in Guarjila in rural El Salvador.

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.

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

Brazil

Brazil volunteers distributing food to favelas

Volunteers get ready to give out food to families in São Paulo, 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.

Read more about our coronavirus response in Brazil

Nicaragua

Poor female farmers who have struggled with coronavirus and lockdown receive seeds to plant that will help them grow more crops.

Poor female farmers who have struggled with coronavirus and lockdown receive seeds to plant that will help them grow more crops. 

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.

Ecuador

Experts from Radialistas Apasionadas record messages of hope and information about coronavirus to be broadcast across Latin America

Experts from Radialistas Apasionadas record messages of hope and information about coronavirus to be broadcast across Latin America

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. 

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Middle East

Syria

A young girl carries her brother through a refugee camp in Syria

A young girl carries her brother through a refugee camp in Syria

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. 

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.”

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

Jerusalem

Volunteers pack emergency food parcels to deliver to vulnerable families.

Volunteers pack emergency food parcels to deliver to vulnerable families. 

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.

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