Over the last few months, COVID-19 has completely changed each of our lives. We travel less and wash our hands more; we wear masks outside and spend more time inside. As news broadcasts talk about the rising number of cases in our own communities, and all over the world, we hear about the enormous health impacts of this virus.
Our partners are witnessing these impacts firsthand, among some of the most marginalized and at-risk populations globally: refugees crowded in camps that make social distancing impossible, and families displaced by conflict, unsure of what the future holds. We are living in the midst of a global health crisis. Yet, as we continue to support vulnerable families around the world, we are learning of the far-reaching impacts of this pandemic.
COVID-19 is more than a health crisis.
By the end of 2020, experts predict that 130 million more people will be affected by extreme hunger because of COVID-19.
COVID-19 is also a food crisis.
In Lebanon, a growing economic crisis has led to an enormous devaluation of the currency. For some of the poorest in Lebanon, including Syrian refugees, this means that food is unaffordable. With the country’s largest port and main food storage facilities buried beneath the rubble of the August 4 explosion, the food crisis in Lebanon has alarmingly worsened. As World Renew continues to respond to the need of refugee families through our food voucher program, we are also responding to the Beirut disaster by providing thousands of daily meals to those most affected in the aftermath.
In Yemen, conflict has created one of the largest humanitarian emergencies in decades. Millions were hungry before this pandemic, and the needs are only increasing. World Renew is supporting the work of local partner ADRA Yemen, as emergency food assistance is given to families who do not have enough food to eat.
In Colombia, restrictions on movement due to COVID-19 prevention mean that those who seasonally migrate for work are unable to do so. Without an income, families go without food. Further, political instability has displaced many Venezuelans into neighbouring Colombia, creating even greater needs. World Renew is meeting the needs of 785 Colombian and Venezuelan families by providing cash cards to ensure that they can purchase food each day.
Through the dedication of our local partners in 10 countries, and with funding from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, life-saving food assistance is reaching over 97,000 people. As this pandemic continues, we commit to standing beside individuals and families living with food insecurity..
The impact of Canadian generosity is multiplied through a match provided by Global Affairs Canada through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, of which World Renew is a founding member.
All donations in support of hungry families, who are experiencing the double burden of COVID-19 and a growing food crisis, will be matched up to 4X!
Without the ongoing, generous support of Canadians, we would not be able to continue to provide this vital assistance. Please donate today.
Thank you for your support and for your prayers!