The greatest threat to the extreme poor is not the coronavirus itself, but the economic gridlock caused by restrictions meant to slow the virus’ spread. Poor families depend on day-labor jobs, subsistence farming, and small businesses to make ends meet. But with stay-at-home orders preventing them from finding work, they are falling into even deeper poverty.

Uganda ~ 724 cases*

The president eased restrictions in June, including public transportation. The poor, however, face starvation. Our partner churches provided food, handwashing stations, hygiene training, abuse prevention counseling, and prayer.

Bolivia ~ 19,073 cases*

With the strict, national quarantine lifted, many mask-less people pack markets and grocery stores. Our partner churches have provided food to 2,200+ hungry families and held virtual pastor training sessions.

Zambia ~ 1,405 cases*

So far, Zambia has escaped the worst of the pandemic. Schools have reopened for 7th, 8th, and 12th graders, and many church and community activities have resumed.

Kenya ~ 3,860 cases*

Lockdowns have caused huge food shortages and starvation in Kenya. Our partner churches minister to many believers who live in the slums and go to bed hungry every night.

Haiti ~ 4,441 cases*

So far, there are no COVID-19 cases in Paulette and Ferrier, our partner communities. Churches and schools remain closed but pastors visit their community members on a weekly basis, maintaining social distancing.

* as of June 16th

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