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To protect the vulnerable populations we support on a daily basis, our teams are doing everything possible to provide an emergency response to the Coronavirus crisis. Each week, follow the evolution of our activities in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Here is an update on our various interventions as of 23 May 2020.
Wherever possible, Aide et Action mobilizes all its human and material resources to develop its projects for the most vulnerable populations. Educating communities on prevention measures and providing them with basic support is our priority. In addition to the activities detailed in our special folderHere are the latest developments:
In India, due to the pandemic, all schools are still closed. In order to ensure continuity of education and reduce the risk of school dropout among children living in rural areas, Aide et Action has encouraged groups of mothers to mobilize. These women are part of a project conducted in partnership with the Foundation "Transforming Rural India", whose objective is to improve learning outcomes in primary schools. This new initiative, developed in the state of Madhya Pradesh, provides educational activities for children at home.
In addition, specific actions are carried out with migrant children, who are particularly exposed during this period. Aide et Action provides emergency support to migrant workers' families in brick factories and construction sites in Hyderabad. Each family has received emergency kits containing food and hygiene products. The children were given appropriate nutritional support. Everyone was made aware of COVID-19 precautions. More than 16,000 people were supported through these activities.
In Cambodia, our handwashing stations installation scheme in remote villages is being extended to Kampong Thom Province, it will concern 200 new villages and will enable the setting up of 400 stations. In Phnom Penh, the hundred or so families we support benefited again this month from our distribution of rice, books and soap.
In Laos, The reopening of schools took place on 18 May. From June, Aide et Action will provide more than 9600 masks and about 1000 soaps to partner schools.
In Vietnam, following the students' return to class, 1500 soaps and 61 bottles of disinfectant were delivered to 3 primary schools in 3 communes of Tien Phong, Doan Ket and Vay Nua, Da Bac district. Leaflets on hand washing and measures to take at home and at school against infectious diseases were also distributed to all these children. In addition, 5,400 kilos of rice were distributed to 360 poor families with children. These families in particular and the local population have recently been affected by various types of natural disasters, so our support was quickly appreciated.
The health situation is still deteriorating with an increase in the number of cases. But despite this, the states continue the progressive decontamination (opening of schools, markets, end of curfew...).
In BeninAs part of the project to support governance of relay initiatives for quality education, Aide et Action signed an agreement with three community radio stations and the school radio station to broadcast content for exam classes. Eighty schools benefited from this program, enabling 960 students in exam classes to follow the lessons on the radio.
In GuineaThanks to a partnership with the Orange Foundation, Aide et Action distributed 80 sanitary kits composed of 160 buckets, 80 supports, 720 soaps and 120 cans of bleach. These were given to the health centres and posts of Dabiss, Walya, Kenende Lory and Kataly.
In TogoIn addition, protection kits consisting of hydro-alcohol gel, hand washes and soap are made available to 11 communities in the north of the country.
À MadagascarIn addition, community awareness sessions were organised in Malagasy (the national language) and others were organised directly in 60 schools.
In Francea campaign of emergency collection has been set up to support our activities on the ground.