COVID-19 Global Relief Effort: Weekly Update 5/29/2020
May 29, 2020 10:18:37 AM
May 29, 2020
Our staff is responding to COVID-19 around the globe by working to bring relief to vulnerable people in 16 countries. To date, we have distributed vital provisions to over 40,000 people. Here are a few of this week's top stories:
South Asia: 3,600 Meals Distributed to Daily Wage Earners
May 29 | This distribution was made possible by our trusted contact, a pastor, who has been running a community kitchen to serve food to jobless villagers. We partnered with him to provide cooked meals for four consecutive days, delivering a total of 3,600 meals. Each day, the beneficiaries received one meal consisting of rice, lentils, soybeans, eggs, and other vegetables. Most of the recipients are daily wage laborers who earn their livelihood by working as construction workers, carpenters, quarry laborers, etc.
Our contact said he couldn't collect any quotes because "people were eating"—something to celebrate! Thankfully, since our distribution, the pastor has been able to receive enough funds from other donors and sources to continue his community kitchen.
Liberia: Distribution Begins to Individuals with Disabilities
May 28 | Our COVID-19 Global Relief Effort projects have now begun in Liberia! In this first distribution, we partnered with Provision of Hope to identify and provide food for 65 individuals who are either blind or living with other disabilities. Afterwards, extra food was given out until everything was gone. There is so much need, but we are excited to see our relief work expand more in this country.
Ghana: Country's First Distribution Delivered to a Refugee Camp
May 27 | We completed our first distribution in Ghana in two phases at Buduburam Refugee Camp where we delivered essential supplies to 62 individuals who were in desperate need of food. The beneficiaries included widows, single mothers, and young children. We were able to give them packages of food, water, face masks, and hand sanitizer—enough provisions to last two weeks.
Philippines: 375 Meals Delivered in Two Days
May 26 | Through trusted partners in the Philippines, we were able to deliver 375 meals to the neediest in the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown. For this distribution, the recipients were primarily families who lost their jobs due to the shutdowns. Many of them worked as laborers, seamstresses, drivers, porters, vegetable vendors, etc. Our trusted contact said, "Thanks to our donors—whose love of God is overflowing from their hearts to others."
Uganda: Third Phase of Distributions Delivered
May 24 | Love Justice Uganda distributed their third phase of aid. Many amazing testimonies came out of these deliveries. One of our field monitors said, "I could not control my tears of joy to see this family after sharing that they were starving already. The wife could not help but cry because she least expected such a miracle. The children were very happy and excited. It was an amazing experience. I have seen the reality of the love of Christ through working with LJI."
One beneficiary in particular said, "I am a single mother of eight children. I am a private school teacher who supports my family through my job; unfortunately the situation has negatively affected us. I feed my children with one meal per day, and sometimes we sleep on an empty stomach. I am very grateful for the help that LJI extended to us through the provision of these food items. My children are happy, and we pray that God will bless you."
Watchthe following video testimony from several of our beneficiaries in South Asia:
It costs a little under $4 to feed a starving person for a month, $15 for a family. This is the actual amount we are giving people based on calculations about the minimum needed for basic necessities for those with absolutely nothing, using nationally appropriate food staples. There are more people out there than we are able to help, and for those who are desperate, the first bag of rice is more important than the second. Visit here to find out how you can get involved today. You can also click here for the latest update from our president and founder as he shares about the current crisis and our plan to serve those who need it most.
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