Call to Action
Caring for one another in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic
As the coronavirus continues to exact a global toll on all aspects of life, PCI is working nonstop to ensure the most vulnerable families have access to information and support critical to their health, safety and recovery. Each day brings to light new information about the disease, along with new concerns and challenges both shared by and unique to our programs across Asia, Africa and the Americas.
Working closely with partners, local and national governments and the people we serve, our dedicated staff remains committed to promoting and strengthening locally driven, community-centered solutions and actions. Read on to learn more about our latest efforts to enhance health, end hunger, overcome hardship and advance women & girls, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photo of the Week
In Nicaragua, with food commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Ministry of Education’s school nutrition program, 1,115 pre- and primary schools now have a three-month supply on hand to feed students. PCI provided all transportation and loading staff with health and safety training on COVID-19 as well as protective gear and handwashing stations. (Photo by PCI/Nicaragua Staff)
PCI’s Global Response by Country
*Women Empowered (WE) Programming Update
Women and girls, especially the most marginalized, are among those who suffer most during public health emergencies. From the heightened risk of domestic violence and exploitation to increased responsibilities caring for children and sick family members, COVID-19 only exacerbates existing challenges to their well-being.
Recognizing this, PCI’s Women Empowered (WE) program teams and partners in Botswana, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Tanzania moved quickly to provide guidance to WE facilitators and members on how to suspend group meetings but safely stay connected during the pandemic.
Program staff and partners check in frequently with WE facilitators via virtual and remote communication, sharing COVID-19 preventive practices, government requirements, key phone numbers for official assistance and motivational messages. WE group members then serve as important information resources for people in their communities to learn how to stay healthy and safe.
You Are Needed Now, More than Ever.
PCI is working to respond to coronavirus in all of our programs across 13 countries, including here in the US. Our teams are helping to ensure the most vulnerable families, who will be hit the hardest during this outbreak, have access to clean water, food, healthcare and resources to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
Your gift will reach those most vulnerable to pandemic disease and support our efforts to enhance health, end hunger, overcome hardship and advance women & girls.
The CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020, includes expanded charitable giving incentives through a new deduction for those who take the standard deduction when filing their taxes as well as new charitable deduction limits for individuals who itemize. Learn more here.
Source: National Council of Nonprofits