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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 18 April 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 IndiaAs part of our work in the field, our teams are developing a range of activities to provide complementary responses to the current crisis. These include the translation of virus awareness materials into tribal languages, the promotion of home-based organic farming for confined families, and the creation of alternative masks.
However, one issue is a top priority: the protection of migrant workers, who are particularly at risk. Guaranteeing their food supply and defending their fundamental rights is a necessity. Through advocacy work with local authorities and the provision of psychological and nutritional support, Aide et Action is protecting them during this difficult period.
Our projects in Vietnam, and the Laos: are still suspended due to strict containment measures. In both countries, partnerships are being defined for the development of long-term, post-crisis activities.
However, our teams in Vietnam are trying to maintain the link with the children we usually accompany. To this end, they have launched a creative art competition (writing, drawing, video/photo) to raise awareness of children's rights, with a particular focus on health. Children are invited to explore what they can do to protect themselves in the event of a health crisis, what they expect from the authorities and how to raise awareness among those around them. In this way, they have the opportunity to make their voices heard during the crisis.
In Cambodia:In Pursat province, loudspeakers and information leaflets have been sent to our local relay to disseminate information on prevention measures against the Coronavirus. In Pursat province, 40 hand-washing stations will be set up for marginalised communities and bags of rice will be provided to families facing food insecurity. In addition, rice distribution is also continuing in Phnom Penh.
Most of our activities are still suspended due to health regulations and the quarantine of several major cities.
In GuineaIn addition, the Orange Foundation is working on a project to provide children with digital tablets, distribute protection kits and set up hand-washing facilities in schools.
In TogoAide et Action has embarked on an awareness campaign on COVID-19, in collaboration with the government. Posters and flyers were produced for communities living in the capital city, Lomé.
A campaign of emergency collection has been set up to support our activities on the ground.
To implement all these urgent actions and to adapt our projects to this emergency situation, we need more than ever our most faithful supporters to help us!