As deadlier, more contagious variants of COVID-19 are wreaking havoc across the world, vulnerable children and communities need you now. We are witnessing the gravest healthcare emergency many of us have ever known. And it's the poorest of the poor who are most at risk. They desperately need your support now.Your support will help save lives by providing things like oxygen, hospital beds, emergency food, and other vital, life-saving essentials.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has made the poorest even poorer, the vulnerable more vulnerable. As incomes plummet, families are pushed further into poverty, right to the edge of survival. Children are hungry and are being forced into exploitation - they are married off, or sent to work or to beg for their survival.
Here in New Zealand, we have been fortunate to escape the worst effects of COVID-19. But right now, the most vulnerable need the team of five million.
Please donate now and help protect children from the crushing aftershocks of this pandemic. You can save lives. Your gift will bring urgent, life-saving healthcare and other desperately needed essentials to children and families in urgent need.
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 already 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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In 2020, 83.9% of World Vision New Zealand's total operating expenses were used for international program support that benefited children, families and communities in need. Learn more.