We are all concerned about the health of our families and friends. We are worried about the future of our economy and our jobs.
There is a lot of uncertainty now, but one thing we know for sure: examples of generosity and resilience will multiply.
We are practicing physical distancing, but we are #stilltogether
Response in London, ON
The COVID-19 situation has been a major impact for the work we do, and we are humbled by your continuous support.
When quarantine started, our first thought was providing nutrition to the vulnerable population. Over the last weeks, we focused on collaborating with local organizations that could feed:
- seniors who already leave in isolation;
- people who are homeless and can’t self-quarantine;
- people with disabilities who would struggle to go shopping;
- people who are not getting a paycheque and can’t afford a meal;
- families with little kids, who need nutrition to develop.
Our Domestic General Support funds were donated for immediate support to our community here in London. We are assisting three organizations that are having a rise in demand due to the pandemic.
We are eager to do more
The impact of school closures and job loss will affect us in the long run, and we anticipate the need to keep helping families.
This will take considerable efforts from our community.
If you are able, please give. Every dollar donated matters.
If you can’t donate, please help us generate awareness.
Share your go-to snack or a different recipe you've come up with during quarantine and nominate a friend to do the same!
Pledge your birthday and ask for a donation to provide meals in London. Feel free to download our image to share it.
- Is Minds in Bloom still happening?
We have postponed our next fundraiser, Minds in Bloom, originally scheduled for May 27. We don’t have a new date yet, but we will announce it as soon as we can confirm the venue. We have been contacting all parties involved.
- How is COVID-19 affecting your operations?
Our team has been working remotely to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and will be doing so until further notice. We are still equipped to help our donors with any inquiries. We cancelled all in-person meetings, volunteer trips and international flights for fundraising events.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at 1 (833) 614-GOOD (4663) or email@example.com to let us know your needs or if you have any questions or concerns.
- How about the field countries?
We are monitoring every country we work in and are also in constant communication with other Good Neighbors' offices around the world. We are making sure we can continue to provide clean water, sources of income, medical assistance and hygiene training, while adapting current measures. Read below some initiaves we have abroad:
What we are doing in other countries
GGood Neighbors (GN) has various initiatives around the world to provide nutrition and medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the early stages, 76,000 emergency medical supplies were delivered to Hubei, China by GN Korea, GN USA, GN Japan and GN Taiwan.
Korea launched a $1.8 million emergency response project to support vulnerable children and families.
GN Myanmar is collaborating with UN agencies to set the first national COVID-19 diagnosis system.
We appreciate your donations, especially to our General Health fund, as we continue to need assistance to sustain our projects in Canada and abroad.
Click below to donate to our General Health fund:
Save a School: news from Guatemala
Our postponed fundraiser, Minds in Bloom, was supporting our Save a School campaign for La Palangana Primary School. So far there have been no cases of COVID-19 in the community around the school.
The biggest struggle is food, as well as clean water.
Markets have been increasing prices and many parents do not have a source of income, as most of them are street vendors and can't sell at the moment.
Some families live far from urban centers, with difficult access to basic items.
Children have been doing school work at home.
The community is trying to gather food and we are still raising funds for the school.
If you wish to join our efforts in Guatemala, we would be so grateful.
In this difficult time, anxiety and depression symptoms might appear or be heightened: try to focus on self-care, check facts from reliable sources and follow recommendations from health officials (washing hands, staying at home, avoiding non-essential travel,...).
If you need help or are facing a mental health crisis, call Reach Out at 519-433-2023 or 1-866-933-2023, web chat or go to the Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Centre at 648 Huron St., London. These services are 24/7.