We urgently need your help. Up to 30 million children are at serious risk of disease or even death because of secondary impacts of COVID-19.
The children, families and communities we work with are among the most vulnerable in the world. Often suffering from preventable diseases, frequently hungry and malnourished, often living in cramped conditions and almost always without adequate healthcare if they fall sick.
We need your help to provide access to clean water, set up hand-washing stations, distribute protective kits and deliver life-saving food aid.
More than 26 million children are at greater risk of being exposed to potentially fatal infectious diseases due to a reduction in immunisation coverage.
As many as 13 million extra child marriages will occur because of COVID-19, most in the years immediately following the crisis.
8 million children have been pushed into child labour and begging, as millions of parents and caregivers have lost incomes due to COVID-19.
Rajuma, mum of 18-month-old Asma, is excited to get some soap.
In Cox's Bazar, COVID-19 threatens to spread like wildfire through the largest refugee camps in the world. Thanks to your support, World Vision staff and volunteers are mobilised and supporting families like Rajuma’s. Providing families with soap and sharing information about how to keep their loved ones safe.
Rajuma shared, “I have heard about coronavirus from a volunteer in our block. He advised me not to talk with people, not to come out of the house except for urgent needs and not to visit other blocks”.
The volunteer that Rajuma met also told her how to keep her children safe at home by washing their hands very frequently and avoiding mass gatherings.
“To keep us protected and safe from various illness(es), we will wash our hands and our clothes, and take baths with this soap. To keep us protected from fever, diarrhoea, coughs, we can maintain cleanliness and personal hygiene using this soap.”
Santos teaches during lockdown in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement
In Uganda, over 15 million children are currently at home due to the closure of schools. The children at the refugee settlements are not able to access all the learning materials that the government have provided for learning at home.
At Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in Northern Uganda, Santos, a young teacher from South Sudan, is finding a way to continue educating children in his community during the COVID-19 lockdown. Limited to just five children, following social distancing and ensuring regular handwashing, Santos teaches students that would otherwise miss out on education during this difficult time.
Together with your support, World Vision is working to distribute simplified learning materials and support teachers like Santos with protective equipment to ensure that learning happens in a safe environment.
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