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Stories from the frontline

The difference your donations are making

Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on communities and families across the world.  But, with your help, we've been able to support vulnerable people like Sani, Amaludin and Razia. You can read their stories below.

Sani’s joy after coronavirus response support

Sani Tamang lives on a small farm in Nepal

Sani Tamang lost her eyesight at the age of eight. Now, at 45 years old, she lives with her son and in-laws on a small farm in Nepal. Her father in law works whenever he can to meet the family’s needs, but when lockdown was announced, he had no choice but to stay home.

Sani says they had no cash to buy food. But after a few days they were called to receive the food support given by Christian Aid and Community Development Forum (CDF) Nepal.

They were delighted when they received food packages which would last them a month!

For Sani, it means that she could feed her son nutritious meals: 'we are cooking the food we got and enjoying our meals. My son heartily enjoys eating and that makes me content and joyful'.

Supporting local businesses during the pandemic

Amaludin Mantaely has been running a sewing business in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia since 1980.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Amaludin explained that his sewing orders have dropped dramatically from 20 orders in a month to only 1 or 2. As he is the sole earner for his family, they were beginning to struggle.

However, after instructions from the government to wear a mask in public areas, Amaludin’s was tasked with making 1000 fabric face masks for the program!

He knows that the current order is truly helping his family’s income.

He expressed, with gratitude, 'this sewing work income will definitely help feed my family and my son’s family, thank you very much for giving me this work'.

Amaludin Mantaely's sewing business

Making masks in Myanmar

Razia making masks in Myanmar

In Myanmar, thousands of families were forced to flee their homes, to reach camps in Bangladesh - a region now home to over 850,000 Rohingya living in 34 cramped refugee camps making physical distancing just impossible.

33% of people living in the camps do not own soap and lack water, making regular hand washing difficult. As a young Mum, 35-year old Razia knows that life in the camps is challenging.

Razia’s husband was brutally killed back home in Myanmar and she escaped with her family to a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Crammed conditions and lack of clean water and toilets mean Razia and her son are already at risk of diseases like cholera and are even more vulnerable to coronavirus. Razia understands the danger and hoped they could protect themselves with masks, but there just aren’t enough to go around.

Razia had learnt to make baby clothes in a project run by one of our partners and asked if they could make reusable face masks instead. Now they’re not just making masks but training more women to do the same.

They’ve now made over 42,000 masks!