Photo: Partnership With Native Americans
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all, but the impacts haven’t been the same for everyone. The past several years have transformed how we live, work, and interact. For many, it has meant mourning the loss of loved ones and livelihoods. As much as we might wish it to be, the pandemic is far from over. Around the world, local organizations continue to bring much-needed aid to their communities in response to the pandemic and its ongoing effects.
Since January 2020, the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund has supported 572 grants to high-impact and community-led nonprofit organizations at the forefront of this long-term crisis.
We asked our partners to share how the pandemic continues to impact their communities and how they’re confronting the challenges. Here is a snapshot of some of the critical work you’ve supported through your generosity:
Partnership With Native Americans | United States
Native Americans have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The pandemic amplified decades of racial prejudice, institutional and systemic oppression, and the legacy of historical mistreatment of the tribes.
“Tribes across the US continued to face food insecurity and water shortages, while the digital divide continued to impact education for a third of Native students who lack access to the internet or a computer, some of them doing their homework in parking lots to secure an internet signal.” – Helen Oliff, Partnership With Native Americans
Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA) has served as an essential COVID-19 relief service to more than 55,000 Native Americans living in geographically isolated and underserved reservation communities. PWNA worked to improve access to critical supplies, culturally relevant food, education, and career readiness services through their COVID-19 relief programs.
Mbarara Rise Foundation | Uganda
Since the start of the pandemic, Uganda has been gripped by waves of variants, overwhelming hospitals and triggering shortages of medical equipment, resources, and especially COVID-19 vaccines. Organizations like the Mbarara Rise Foundation have responded by providing economic empowerment, health care, and emergency services to women and LGBTQIA+ community members. However, sexual minorities face widespread persecution in Uganda. Anti-gay and transphobic views are common, creating barriers to health care and employment opportunities. The economic impact of the pandemic, paired with the harassment and restrictions against Ugandan LGBTQIA+ rights groups, has made it challenging for organizations like the Mbarara Rise Foundation to access funding and resources.
“Our organization operations have reduced. We have been forced to suspend some programs and have [only] programs considered most essential [that] could be conducted with minimal staff and resources due to limited funding...” – Janet Mtesi, Mbarara Rise Foundation
FundLife International | Philippines
In the Philippines, school closures as a result of the pandemic were among the longest in the world. The shift to remote learning has posed unique challenges since less than one-fifth of the population has access to the internet and computers or other devices.
“The education lockdown disproportionately impacted marginalized youth who had to learn from home in very difficult circumstances and without access to laptops or internet support.” – Angel Villamor, FundLife International
For the past two years, FundLife International has provided hundreds of students with “safe-at-home” learning packs to improve the quality of distance learning. The Philippines recently resumed in-person learning, but FundLife International will continue providing resources to students to ensure they can safely and easily transition back to school.
Migrant Clinicians Network | United States
The pandemic has shed new light on existing barriers the migrant, asylum seeker, and immigrant communities face. Organizations like the Migrant Clinicians Network are working to provide a more inclusive social and health service to those communities.
“The difficulties with accessing care is why we created the Health Network, a bridge case management system designed to protect the continuity of care for migrants and other mobile populations. The Health Network allowed us to maintain direct access to some of the most vulnerable individuals throughout the pandemic.” – Ashley-Michelle Papon, Migrant Clinicians Network
The Migrant Clinicians Network team has also expanded its services to address burnout among health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic with support from its network of licensed mental health professionals.
Your support of the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund powers community-led responses, and it means people like Helen and Ashley-Michelle get the critical resources they need to help their communities respond to the continued challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your immense generosity.
Victoria + the GlobalGiving Team
Photo: Mbarara Rise Foundation