Where clean water and food is scarce and social distancing is nearly impossible, coronavirus can simply make things much worse.
This is the daily reality for many of our brothers and sisters in the world’s most vulnerable communities where COVID-19 continues to spread uncontrollably in heavily populated countries across Africa and Asia. Unlike Australia, there is little food, sanitation, water and medical support to fight the disease.
Even before coronavirus, millions around the world were living below the poverty line, often living in slums, doing anything to earn a small living to feed their families. With lockdown restrictions, this has made their survival almost impossible. FEBC Director of South Africa, overseeing FEBC’s ministry work in a number of African countries shares:
“The reality of lockdown in Africa is not the same as in the US or other developed countries. Here, it means that families have to live inside a small 4×4 meter tin house without running water or electricity. In Africa it means that you cannot sell your 50 packets of peanuts per day that are keeping you and your family alive. It means that you cannot sell your labour for that day in order to buy food. So, this leads to people ignoring the lockdown out of necessity, increasing the spread of the virus, feeding the cycle.”
Though India is currently suffering catastrophic numbers of COVID-19 cases and extremely high levels unemployment and poverty, your recent support has made an incredible difference. In just 2 months our teams have delivered over 1350 food parcels to families across 6 different cities. They are so thankful for your support during COVID-19. A listener recently shared with us: “I am a casual labourer. Due to lockdown there was no food at home. Even my neighbours did not help me. The shopkeepers refused to give me food on credit. But I am grateful that you came to help my family and many others. Thank you.”
Whilst FEBC’s primary mission is to bring the Gospel to the world through media, our field countries are finding themselves inundated with calls and requests for basic needs including food. Not only are they reaching people with messages of hope through their broadcasts, they are also connecting with listeners through practical acts of love. Our follow-up teams around the world are providing much needed assistance through food parcels, care packages and counselling.
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