April 23, 2020
As an organization, Love Justice is committed to fighting the world's greatest injustices. In light of all that is happening due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we believe that one of the greatest injustices today is how the global shutdowns are drastically affecting the poor and vulnerable.
Daily wage earners who have lost their jobs are running out of money and food, and many of them are on the brink of starvation. In response to this crisis, we have started a global relief effort to meet their needs. We have trusted teams in place that are finding individuals who don't have items that are essential for their survival, and then we're tangibly providing for their needs. Recently, a group of our transit monitoring staff in South Asia distributed rice, dal (a mixture of lentils, peas, and beans), cooking oil, potatoes, onions, salt, and soap.
Hartaj*, a member of the Love Justice team, shared:
“We know many families are in desperate need due to the lockdown. Most of them are day laborers such as van pullers, truck drivers, or domestic home workers. Since our country has been in lockdown, they cannot go outside from their house for work. They are going through a very hard situation, especially due to the lack of food in their homes. The families were very happy and thankful to receive our food packages. Many of the parents had been so worried about how they were going to be able to feed their children and their family members.”
Those who received the food supplies were so thankful, and several of them shared stories with our staff of what their circumstances have been like since the shutdown. One beneficiary, a carpenter, stated:
“I have five members in my family. Because of COVID-19, I have had no work for the last three weeks. I have no money saved or food in my house. Every day I go out asking people for food for my family. If I get something, I will be able to provide some food to my children and to my wife. I am really blessed to have this food package today and to know that my children will be fed. Thank you for helping me and my family.”
A domestic worker shared, “I lost my husband a few years back. My oldest daughter and I work as housekeepers to help provide for our family. But now because of COVID-19, we are not allowed to go out of our home for work. So, we have had no income during the last few weeks. Nobody has come until now to help and to provide some food . . . Almighty God sent you to us to help my family. May God bless you more.”
A man who usually makes his income as a truck driver stated:
“Two months ago I was in an accident and have since been forced to stay at home on medication. Because of COVID-19, it is getting harder and harder for us to live. Today, I went back to my house with the food package that you supplied, and when my younger daughter saw me from the gate of our house, she ran to me and asked, 'Daddy, did you get some food?' At that time, tears came up in my eyes. Children don't understand the situation. When we cannot provide food, they cry a lot. But today, we will be able to provide food, and they will be happy. Thank you to all who provided us with this help. You are believing in a different religion, but you came first to help us.”
Throughout the shutdown, our team plans to return to this community in South Asia to provide these families with additional food and supplies.
To date, we have distributed essential provisions to over 3,000 individuals around the globe. To learn more about our relief efforts and ways that you can help, please visit here.
This pandemic will end, but it will reverberate throughout history in terms of what it will do to the poor and most vulnerable. The economic impact will be massive, and it will significantly affect the poorest people in developing countries around the world. Individuals will be more vulnerable than ever to human trafficking, and traffickers will benefit from their desperation. When we can resume our work to its fullest magnitude, we want to be ready for this inevitable increase in trafficking. Your support is enabling us to help the most vulnerable right now—and it is helping us stay prepared and ready to respond when this outbreak is over.
*All content, data, and statistics current at the date and time of publishing. Names are changed for security and privacy purposes.