Syrian girl with a mask covering her face, looks to the camera.

DEC Coronavirus Appeal

Please help protect children and limit the spread.

Bushra*, 9,  and her family were forced to flee their home due to the war in Syria and now live in a camp for displaced people in Idlib. Image ©Islamic Relief

As new variants of coronavirus emerge, children in the world’s poorest communities are still facing overwhelming challenges. 
   
Coronavirus continues to affect the most vulnerable with devastating consequences. Children and families living in fragile states have little access to medical care or clean water, making them much more susceptible to new, more contagious variants of the virus.

What you could provide

How you can help fight coronavirus

In many countries the economic effects of the pandemic could be even more deadly than the virus itself as millions of people are pushed towards famine due to falling incomes and rising food prices. Hunger can be particularly devastating for children, leading to malnutrition which in the worst cases can be fatal.  

Your donation today will make a difference, allowing us to keep on fighting coronavirus. We’re on the ground right now, working to limit the spread of disease and to strengthen health systems and feed hungry families.

To reach the hands of every child,
we need your support.

Fatima, mum to Rahaf, 10
You can hear the explosion and run away from a bomb. This virus is unseen and unheard, it is like an invisible weapon.

Fatima, mum to Rahaf, 10

Protect children from coronavirus

Can you help us take care of children's health and wellbeing by funding to support our coronavirus pandemic response?

How we protect families

Why World Vision

Our reach, experience and local ties mean we are well placed to support people in COVID-19 crisis. You can read more about our worldwide coronavirus response here.

World Vision is reaching one new person with clean water every 10 seconds and reaches three more schools every day with clean water. 

Coronavirus FAQs

  • We are responding in over 70 countries, aiming to reach 72 million people through a $350 million response, with a special focus where people are most vulnerable. 

    World Vision is focusing on countries that have significant pockets of fragility and poverty. These include urban slums, densely populated informal settlements, refugee and internally displaced people camps where lockdowns and social distancing are impossible.

  • Since we launched our response six months ago, we have already reached 45 million people, including 19 million children. We are focusing on:

    Preventing the spread: Promoting preventive behaviours in communities through social media, text messaging, radio, and other traditional channels. Distributing handwashing supplies, hygiene and cleaning kits, such as soap and clean water.

    Strengthening health systems: Including providing health systems and workers with personal protective equipment such as soap, masks, latex gloves, training and equipping some of the global network of community health workers.

    Supporting children impacted by Covid-19, through education, child protection and food security: Including cash and voucher distribution; food security assistance; support savings groups, providing mental health and psychosocial support for children and families, helping families to help continue children’s education remotely.

    Collaborating and advocating to protect vulnerable children: Including influencing policy changes at global, regional and national levels to improve the international responses to COVID-19, working with faith leaders, the UN and others.

  • The virus is present in places where World Vision has existing development projects and some children are showing symptoms of the virus. The safety and well-being of vulnerable children is our highest priority.

    If a child becomes seriously ill from coronavirus or any other illness and they are consent to sharing their medical condition, we will contact sponsors as soon as we can.

    If you have any questions about your sponsorship, or about World Vision’s work at this time, please do get in touch with us 01908 84 10 10 or email info@worldvision.org.uk 

    Due to government restrictions, our office is currently closed for most staff. This means we aren't able to process incoming mail or send letters. If we have your email address, then we'll switch our letter-based communication to email while restrictions are in place. 

  • Raising funds is essential to ensure our work continues to help people.

    Donate to support World Vision’s Global Health Emergency Response.

    Stay informed. We’ll keep you updated here with the latest developments in our communities and how to help if you join our supporter list.

    Pray for vulnerable children and their communities impacted by COVID-19. 

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