How to Make a Global Impact in Today’s Crisis

You might be at home right now.

Stuck…Bored…

And just completely caught in disbelief about how the world is turning right now.

It’s hard to comprehend how in just a few short months, the world has changed most likely forever.

Changes that nobody could have predicted.

But you also might be an individual who’s wondering, “How can I help?”

If you’ve ever asked, “what can I do to make an impact in the world…”

Now is your time more than ever.

Because of the recent changes in the world, there is more critical need than ever before.

And you are already well aware of our current health crisis, economic crisis, and now a humanitarian crisis.

The third one you don’t hear about very often on the news—but it is probably the most worrying issue we face.

In the midst of the worldwide COVID-19 crisis, the poor of this world are suffering disproportionately in comparison to people in the middle and upper classes of their respective societies.

Not only is this true on a micro-level between communities and tax-brackets…

It’s happening between entire countries.

Governments are unable to provide the relief citizens ordinarily would receive. The loss of massive amounts of tax revenue in the worldwide economic lockdown is causing a healthcare crisis.

And already strained healthcare systems are breaking under the weight of the current demand for care.

Without government relief, private humanitarian organizations like Global Care Alliance are stepping up to fill the gaps.

Although we are doing all we can, there is another matter that we need your help with.

Because of worldwide economic lockdown, philanthropic giving is lower than ever.

And organizations like ours who are on the front-lines of this humanitarian crisis are running out of funds.

From Mexico to Burundi to Lebanon to Nepal, poor people are bearing the brunt of the damage being inflicted by COVID-19. Unfortunately, their governments can’t help them.

In Mexico, for example, the government has no ability to financially assist people who can’t work because of the economic lockdown. The people we serve in Vicente Guerrero customarily make $10 or $15 per day picking vegetables. In the best of times, they struggle to put food on the table.

Yet, the lockdown has left many of them with no means to provide for their families.

And unlike Americans, Mexicans receive no stimulus payments or unemployment compensation. The situation is catastrophic and many poor families are beginning to starve just south of the border.

The same thing is happening in Burundi, Lebanon, and Nepal. These three countries are also completely incapable of helping their suffering citizens.

GCA is doing its utmost to keep our relief projects going and even expanding during these difficult times.

For example, in Burundi, we feed a meal of hot enriched porridge to hundreds of poor Batwa children every day and have been doing so for several years.

When we started the porridge program in the small village of Gahararo, an average of 36 children a year were dying from starvation. Since then, a total of only six children in the village have died of starvation.

We need to continue providing meals in Burundi or children are going to start dying of starvation again.

And that’s where you come in. We need about $60,000 per year for Burundi.

That may or may not sound like a lot to you. But it breaks down to only $0.25 per meal for a child.

And to a village that lives in fear of starvation, and the mothers who fear that their child will become another statistic…

That $0.25 is worth so much more than a bowl of porridge.

It’s stability.

It’s hope for their children’s future.

It’s a chance to stay whole as we journey through this unforgiving crisis.

Once again, we need $60,000 for the meals in Burundi alone. I hope and pray that you can help us meet that goal.

So we can stay on the front lines of this humanitarian crisis with the tools we need to save lives.

That’s all for now,

Niles

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