Dear Partners and friends,
Our hearts go out to anyone who has been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. During this time, we, Aide et Action, want to share with you our initiative to manage COVID-19 immediate, mid-term and longer-term consequences.
While the pandemic has created the worst global crisis since World War II and huge disruptions in the lives of the people belonging to the richest economies of the globe, other countries still wonder how they will be able to contain the deterioration of health, livelihoods, human rights, education.
What is the impact on education?
Currently, in the world, 1.53 billion learners are out of school (UNESCO). Where Aide et Action works, all 2 013 schools have been closed. The 1,2 million particularly vulnerable participants we support, of which 624 157 children and youth and 52% of girls, have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The impacts of COVID-19 will be particularly acute for disadvantaged children, especially girls, who will be at higher risk of dropping out of school if we don’t act now.
Today, we need more help than we have ever needed to adapt our projects and implement our urgent Response and Recovery plan to make sure that the gains already achieved under Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) for the most vulnerable and marginalized, are not wasted.
What is Aide et Action doing?
At the moment, our teams are dealing with first aid and prevention, and soon, will have to manage the reintegration in schools of 624 157 children and youth.
Aide et Action kicks off its
Education Response Fund to COVID-19
We are appealing to you to join forces and invest further in education to prevent and face the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. Through our initiative, we aim to raise 15 million euros in two phases of which 8,8 million euros in a first-round that will take place between May and July 30th, 2020.
At the moment, we need to provide water, food, soap and sanitary items but also tablets, computers and mobile phones to reinforce teachers’ training and communication tools with children and communities. This is crucial to better fighting dropout from school, especially of girls.
Until the second round of calls for donations takes place from September 2020 to December 31st, 2021, we will be able to fine-tune the Recovery phase of our action plan.
We wish to be able to count on your support by joining the fund and spreading the message as we also welcome new partners willing to invest in education and be part of our global movement for education.
Moments like this remind us that, despite the many difficulties we all face, we can do our best only if we join forces to face this difficult time and make sure that the people who need us most can count on us too.
Yours very truly,
Aïcha Bah Diallo, Aide et Action International President
& Charles-Emmanuel Ballanger, Aide et Action Global CEO