GFC's coronavirus response: the latest

June 5, 2020 | GFC & Partner Updates

Global Fund for Children has launched an Emergency Response Fund to issue immediate cash grants to our partners serving children affected by this pandemic around the world.

Hundreds of our community-based partners have rapidly mobilized to respond to young people’s emergency needs. From Bangladesh to Kenya, grassroots organizations are helping families without running water receive hygiene kits, girls at risk of abuse find safe shelter, and students without reliable internet connections attend virtual lessons. They are also planning longer-term responses to protect young people during pandemic recovery and beyond, and to confront the new threats to children’s rights emerging from COVID-19.

Here’s the latest information, which we’ll be updating weekly:
  • 105 partners in 33 countries have requested our support
  • We’ve already approved $280,000 in emergency grants to 96 partners
  • We expect partners to need more than $500,000 in the coming months alone

This week, we’re remembering Stephen Lobo, a courageous community activist in Mumbai who passed away on May 28 from COVID-19. We’re also sharing an online conversation with our Youth Leadership Council and four community leaders about the impact of COVID-19 on children and youth.

We’ll be regularly updating our partners and supporters on GFC’s response to this unprecedented crisis. From everyone on our team, we hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe.



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