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Women receiving hygiene packs, Nigeria

Honouring local heroes on World Humanitarian Day

Programme in Pictures

Published on 19 August 2020

As coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world and our daily lives are changed beyond recognition, Christian Aid and our partners are still reaching out to the most vulnerable and hardest to reach communities. 

On World Humanitarian Day we are honouring the tireless efforts of our local partners. They are overcoming unprecedented hurdles to provide life-saving support and protection to those who need it most.

Our #RealLifeHeroes are #LocalHeroes

Afghanistan

Working through local partners is central to our emergency response project in Afghanistan and Nigeria, which is funded by UK Aid.

The project focuses on the hardest to reach communities whose lives have been impacted by conflict. Local partners with established relationships and trust in the communities have been able to make an impact quickly.

Our local partner, Afghans 4 Tomorrow (A4T), are providing accurate information about the virus and supplying water, sanitation, hygiene, food and cash support to cope with the immediate effects of coronavirus.

Trainer from A4J telling women how to stay safe from coronavirus

Here the project trainer from our local partner A4T is training internally displaced women about personal hygiene issues and gender based violence.

A4J supports a group of internally displaced women to receive food and hygiene packs in Kabul city.

Partner A4T organise and package food and hygiene packs for internally displaced women in Kabul city.

Nigeria

In our UK Aid funded rapid response project in Nigeria and Afghanistan, we are working through local organisations, community influencers, such as faith leaders, who are trusted and embedded in communities. This means we can connect with the hardest to reach people.

In Benue state, Nigeria, our local partner Community Links and Human Empowerment Initiative are providing essential items to communities who have been affected by conflict. 

Staff unload all of the items from trucks and sort them into individual packs

Staff from Community Links unload all the items from trucks and sort them into individual packs. The packs contain soap, body lotion, toilet paper, toothbrush and toothpaste as well as sanitary towels and nappies for women and babies.

Women receiving hygiene packs, Nigeria

Women show off their packs containing soap, body lotion, toilet paper, toothbrush and toothpaste as well as sanitary towels and nappies for women and babies.

El Salvador

Our local partner Social Initiative for Democracy (ISD) are providing food and accurate information about coronavirus to remote communities in Community El Pinalito, in the municipality of Arambala.

Restrictions on movement has meant that people cannot get out to work. ISD are also training people in demanding their rights and advocate for changes in policies that affect them.

Heidy Hernández receiving food package

Dina Gutiérrez from ISD provides a food parcel to Heydi Hernández who hasn’t been able to continue working due to coronavirus leaving her worried about being able to buy food. The food parcel gives her a lifeline.

We are providing an effective sense of support to communities which is vital for their mental health in times of struggle.

- Dina Gutiérrez .

South Sudan

Northern Bahr el Ghazal state is one South Sudan's most affected regions by food insecurity and seasonal flooding that has destroyed many people's livelihoods.

With funding from Irish Aid, our partner Support for Peace and Education Development Program (SPEDP) aims to protect and empower vulnerable communities who have been affected by conflict. They have reached 11,600 people with accurate messages on the importance of physical distancing and regular handwashing to prevent the spread of coronavirus. These health messages have also been reaching people during distributions of seeds and farming equipment by the partner.

Hand washing stations were set up by SPEDP

SPEDP set up hand washing stations and social distancing markers for people coming to collect crop seeds.

Cox’s Bazar, Rohingya camps

In the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, our local partner Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) is continuing to treat Rohingya refugees in the camps while building awareness about coronavirus.

The camps are in lockdown due to the pandemic, making daily life even harder for the people who live there.

Dr. Mohammad Aowfee Khan giving medical support in Rohingya camp

Dr. Mohammad Aowfee Khan, sees his patients while wearing protective gear at Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) Static Health-post, Camp-12, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

During this crisis moment, I continue my humanitarian service in spite of risk of my life. Besides prescribing medicine to my patients, I try to build up awareness about COVID -19 among the community and ensure safety of my staff

- Dr. Mohammad Aowfee Khan.

Syria

In North West Syria, Christian Aid’s local partner has set up 3 First Aid volunteer groups. They have provided training on coronavirus and raised awareness of regular hand washing and physical distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.

Volunteer training young girl in hand washing

A woman from one of the First Aid volunteer groups demonstrates good hand washing technique to a young girl in a displacement camp in North West Syria.

India

Many migrant laborers returned to their native villages due to COVID-19. Much of the country shut down and people could not work. This created a crisis as people struggled to access to their most basic needs. Through our local partner, Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA, India), we have been able to support rural communities with dry food rations, hygiene kits and seeds for farmers. CASA also delivers awareness sessions on preventive and protective measures from coronavirus and government schemes for migrant laborers.

Mr Anil Kumar teaches a group of migrant labourers

Mr Anil Kumar talks to a group of migrant labourers about how to protect themselves from coronavirus and be aware of gender-based violence issues.

Myanmar

With funding from Irish Aid, Christian Aid’s local partners in Northern Shan and Rakhine states have distributed soap to over 30,000 people as well as demonstrated thorough hand washing techniques. They have been sharing information on considerate coughing and the need for family members returning from abroad to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Our partner Green Life Alliance for Development (GLAD) are working with Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) in Namtu township in Northern Shan State where people have been affected by armed conflict.

Volunteer providing hand sanitiser to elderly man

Here a member of MRCS gives hand sanitiser to a villager as part of their training on good hand hygiene.

Nepal

Christian Aid’s local partner, Forum for Community Upliftment System (FOCUS Nepal), has been supporting rural towns by providing surgical beds for coronavirus isolation wards. They gave eighty beds with mattresses, pillows, sheets, blankets as well as dustbins and soap to Siddhalek Rural Municipality.

Nepal surgical beds

FOCUS Nepal’s Hem Raj Chatkuli (right) working with the town’s chairperson, Chandra Prasad Silwal (left) to move the beds.

The support in such a situation is very appreciated. I will make sure that we make proper use of it, once the COVID-19 pandemic is in control we will hand these equipment's to the hospital and health posts in future.

- Chandra Prasad Silwal, Chairperson of Siddhalek RM ward 1.

Lebanon

When a sudden explosion tore through the port of Beirut, Lebanon on 4 August, our local partners were able to respond immediately. They have been providing shelter, food and water to thousands of people who lost everything in the blast.

Lebanon crisis response

Staff from our partner Basmeh & Zeitooneh wear protective masks and gloves to ensure they could safely provide over 5000 people with food and water.

The devastation is so huge so in the coming weeks and months we will be working closely with the locals here to help them rebuild their lives.

- Fadi Hallisso, Basmeh & Zeitooneh.

Lebanon Crisis Appeal

Over 200 people are reported to have died in the blast with many still missing and thousands injured. If you can, please support our Lebanon crisis appeal.

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