COVID-19 Appeal: Creating Better Futures

Creating Better Futures are asking for support to keep helping the children.

This article was updated on 23/03/20 after the Zimbabwean governement announced that schools would be closing.
 
The COVID-19 outbreak is preventing us from fully delivering our food, education and health programmes in Zimbabwe. Many children and families and communities depend on these programmes, so we are asking for donations to help keep our team safe and protect the children in the coming months.
 
We appreciate that these are highly uncertain times and everyone is vulnerable. Our supporters are incredibly important to us, and we would never wish to put you at risk. However, any support you could give would go a long way towards securing the children’s future.

The risks of COVID-19

We have been carefully monitoring COVID-19 in order to protect everyone in the Creating Better Futures community. In recent days we have taken significant steps to secure our staff, volunteers, and trustees. From now on, all staff, volunteers and placement students will be working from home. Likewise, we have encouraged our team in Zimbabwe to communicate electronically with schools and distance themselves from crowds.

The children will be at increasing risk as the outbreak spreads across Zimbabwe. Many in the community can’t afford to use medical facilities or preventative resources. It is hard to communicate the severity of the disease because many families live in remote areas. 

COVID-19 will also imapct daily life. We feed 5000 schoolchildren on our feeding programme. These children risk going hungry when schools close. The feeding programme is the only source of regular food for many families. It also reduces financial pressures on them. 

Our team in Zimbabwe is entirely made up of volunteers. They do extraordinary work for the children, their families and the wider community. Unfortunately, we are not prepared for a problem of this scale. We are not willing to risk their safety without further measures.

Help us manage the outbreak

You donation could go towards:

  • The continued delivery of our programmes: We want to keep providing the children with food, education and hope – whether they are in school or not!
  • Protecting the children from the outbreak: We intend to provide hygiene supplies for the children in school. 
  • Protecting our team: We have already advised our team to avoid large crowds and communicate digitally with schools when possible. We want to keep our team even safer by providing them with individual hygiene packs. If required we would also ensure that they could afford access to medical aid. Once our team are safe, they could play a greater role in…
  • Engaging the community in preventative measures: We will communicate the risks of COVID-19 to our communities and encourage them to follow World Health Organisation Guidelines. This will reduce human-to-human transmission.
  • Dealing with the impacts of COVID-19: Like everyone, we can’t predict how this will progress. However, your support would prepare us for any outcome. If a child gets sick, we can be there for them. If a family runs out of food, we can feed them. 

Help us fight COVID-19

Anything can make a difference

We understand that this is a global pandemic. Lives and jobs have been impacted across the world. Please only make a donation if you feel secure enough to do so. If you are in a position to support us at this time, please be assured that you will helping disadvantaged communities to overcome this disease. We are hugely grateful for any support you can provide.

2020-03-23T11:30:51+00:00March 19th, 2020|