Quarter 2 & 3 2020
“The cruelty of Covid is that it has not just exposed existing inequalities, but that it is exacerbating them, too”
Gillian Tett, FT.com
We are continuing to focus our efforts on specific responses to the Covid crisis, both near and far, focusing upon the below 3 UN goals:
The Kujuwa Initiative produce reusable sanitary pads by up-cycling waste materials from the SOKO Fashion Factory in Kenya. The Kujuwa pad is a high quality, reusable, inexpensive pad that enables girls and women to manage their periods safely. Kujuwa is passionate about girls having the same opportunities as boys, and their monthly period should not be a barrier to this – and it should not prevent them from attending school.
Facing life alone is hard, and when you feel there is no one there to support you it is a scary place to be. Therefore, Safe Families offer support, hope and belonging to improve the lives of those in communities across the UK. They link children, young people and families with local volunteers who can offer them help and support.
UDB work across the city of Birmingham supporting children, young people and their families to remove the barriers that prevent their potential from being realised. They believe (as do we!) that a person’s postcode should not determine their possibilities. During lockdown, they have (at the time of writing) directly supported 250 residents, worked with partners to deliver 5000 hot meals, provided over 100 craft packs to families, and broadcast over 50 live shows through social media.
KCK are a UK charity working to bring hope and love to vulnerable children in the slums of Uganda. They have had to adjust their usual work in this season to ensure families and children are fed in the tight lockdown in Uganda. Public transport has stopped, and even using private vehicles is illegal. This presents unique challenges for the communities they work with in the slums of Kampala. People in Uganda rely on money earned day to day from the market to buy food, and the KCK projects usually provide an education for their children (and a hot meal) whilst their parent works. Families are unable to work and are so in desperate need of assistance to meet their basic needs such as food and hygiene. So, KCK have converted their educational classroom sites into food banks to enable the most vulnerable to come and collect a week’s worth of food to keep their family fed. Note: we also support KCK with coaching for their fantastic CEO, Olivia Barker-White
Open Doors are a human rights organisation that work globally with people who do not have the freedoms that we do in the UK to make personal decisions about faith or no faith. They stand with those facing severe injustice due to their beliefs. During the Covid19 pandemic, they have worked with their Rapid Response Teams to provide food across Asia for those left without work and no access to government support.
This is the social response to the Covid19 outbreak of city centre church, St Luke’s Gas Street. There are 6 aspects to the social support being provided: weekly emergency food parcels, shopping services, befriending services, financial advice services, Kids Matter service and a personal support service.
Thank you for playing your part and making this happen.