Covid-19: Zorg van de Zaak Foundation helps partners out
The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are becoming increasingly apparent for partners of the Foundation. Therefore, we have immediately started financing projects that support the most vulnerable people. Extra food supplies (‘immune boosters’) are being provided, and health kits are being distributed, so the spreading of the virus can be contained as much as possible.
We have divided the current projects into four categories.
- Ensuring the continuation of medical support.
- Food provision.
- Distribution of disinfectants and face masks.
- Generic support to an entire community that is being weighed down by the effects of the ‘lockdown’.
900 people work at Global Hospital in Northwest India. This hospital receives income based on the number of performed surgeries and other medical treatments. Just like in the Netherlands, this number has now diminished quickly. We give direct financial support so that doctors and nurses in the intensive care unit can receive their salaries the next 2 months.
We have seen that food security is under pressure among all of our partners. Food prices are rising and as a result, people have to consume more unilateral nutrition. Pregnant women and children living on the tea plantations (India), for instance, are dealing with an iron deficiency. Traumatized children who were taken in in Bolivia (Casa de la Alegria) have been sent back to their families. There is almost always a lack of nutrition there.
In all of our projects, there is a need for face masks and disinfectants (such as soap, bleaching powder of hand gels). In Burundi, they are given to both hospitals and villages. We also support educational activities, so people know how best to protect themselves against the spread of the virus.
In South-Africa, communities throughout the entire country are under pressure. In the townships, food prices are rising. Through our partner ‘Going the extra mile’, we are actively supporting small businesses. We do this in Soweta, for instance, where we are saving money through joint purchasing. In Naledi, the ‘lockdown’ has forced some businesses to shut down their work. ‘Solidarity hampers’ are now being produced to give families some support: extra food, disinfectants, and face masks.