COVID-19: Field updates from our partners
The COVID-19 contagion is having unprecedented impacts on our human family.
In many parts of the Global South, the pandemic is stretching already meagre resources and exacerbating the problems caused by poverty, hunger, climate change and political instability. Yet, societies are also responding with remarkable solidarity, resourcefulness and resilience.
This newsfeed provides updates on how Development and Peace’s partners are helping vulnerable communities around the world cope with the coronavirus crisis.
Providing frontline healthcare in Lebanon
Decentralizing solidarity in the Philippines
Weeks before the Philippine government declared a “state of calamity,” Development and Peace’s partners were restricting in-person meetings and curtailing non-essential field work. Now, their staff are working from home, contending with limited public transportation or having to isolate themselves for fear of having contracted COVID-19.
To ensure that vulnerable people receive the help they need in these difficult circumstances, Caritas Philippines is decentralizing the distribution of aid. Instead of coordinating humanitarian work centrally, it is asking parishes and dioceses affected by COVID-19 to set up “Kindness Stations” at the barangay (village/ward) level.
At these stations, people are encouraged to take what they need, spare some for others and give what they can of basic essentials. By facilitating solidarity, our partners are thus helping communities cope with one of the worst crises in recent memory.
Empowerment through information in Ecuador
Development and Peace’s Ecuadorean partners, the Latin American Association of Popular Education and Communication (ALER) and the Latin American Information Agency (ALAI), promote peace, good governance and active citizenship by disseminating socially relevant information.
As a coalition of community radio stations, ALER is responding to the COVID-19 crisis by broadcasting special programming to hispanophone audiences in South America. Their broadcasts provide accurate information, dispel myths, relay important public health messages, promote community solidarity and offer advice on coping with the coronavirus pandemic.
As an organization dedicated to the democratization of information, ALAI is creating and distributing content that helps people contextualize the pandemic and its intersection with issues of social, economic and gender justice.