Pandemic Lockdowns Lead to Hunger and Hopelessness

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

Bright Hope Staff
Bright Hope Staff