COVID-19: Horn of Africa Relief

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We are urgently seeking your support to aid those affected by COVID-19 across the Horn of Africa region (East Africa)

You can join us today by making a contribution towards our COVID-19 relief package. The relief package includes the following:

  1. Education | spreading the awareness about the importance of hygiene, and the effects of the virus
  2. Hygiene products | distributing soap, masks etc to individuals and families
  3. Food basket | providing food for individuals and families

$19 will cover Education and Hygiene products, an additional $50 will provide a food basket

OUR FULL STATEMENT

We hope you and your family are well as we all try to cope with the impending circumstances and challenges posed by the coronavirus. It is an understatement to say the world has been hit by the growing spread of COVID-19 epidemic. With thousands of people hospitalized and many more dead, we are just beginning to see the impact. In the Horn of Africa region (East Africa), the number of confirmed cases is rapidly increasing. In an effort to prevent the spread of the virus, many countries in the region have started curfews and lockdowns, closed off local markets, and restrictions on movements. These measures may seem helpful but are detrimental to the majority of the people, who heavily rely on day to day work to feed their families. 

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity in the region was already alarmingly high due to the threat to the agricultural seasons by the ongoing desert locust outbreak and the ongoing phenomena of drought and flooding. Now, with the spread of the pandemic and economic shock resulting from the crisis, the magnitude and severity of food shortage is expected to be Catastrophic.

In rural areas and refugee camps we serve, no healthcare system can handle such an epidemic.  “If this virus has killed thousands in developed countries like China and Italy, and also killed hundreds in Spain and Iran, you can imagine what the death toll will be in Somalia if nothing is done, Mohamed Mohamud Ali, chairman of Somali Medical Association (SMA), told Al Jazeera”. According to Mr. Ali, there is not a single testing kit in the whole country of Somalia.  

Due to the ongoing situation, we have canceled many of our fundraising events; unfortunately, this will have an impact on our work in providing aid for the most vulnerable.  As you may know, small organizations like us heavily rely on donors and partners like you to provide aid for those in need. 

We understand the incredible strain of uncertainty and social disruption this will cause on everyone. However, your support and contribution are vital in these difficult times; no matter how small it may be.  This is a time to watch out for each other particularly those who are most vulnerable among us. We – at ARAHA- remain hopeful that we will get through this difficult time together, and we hope you continue to be part of the ARAHA family.

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