When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Battambang, Cambodia, 13-year-old Ny, a sponsored girl child, had no idea when she would return to school. “I had no class and I missed my school. I stayed home and studied with my brother,” she says.
What Ny didn’t know was that another crisis was brewing at home. Ny lives with two brothers and her elderly grandmother who is at higher risk of contracting COVID-19. The family has lost income due to the pandemic and food became scarce. Just putting food on the table became a daily struggle.
Ny’s situation isn’t unique. A World Vision assessment in the area found that COVID-19 had impacted the livelihoods of 72 percent of respondents.