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Welthungerhilfe COVID-19 Relief Fund

Support our efforts to provide relief where it is needed most

Maike Schopf Foundation Partnerships Officer

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting us all. However, its greatest impact is on those already suffering from poverty, hunger, wars, displacement and the effects of climate change. In Welthungerhilfe's 37 partner countries, the fight against COVID-19 is a race against time. Every day counts. What is done now in the Global South or what cannot be done due to a lack of funds is a matter of life and death. With the COVID-19 Relief Fund, Welthungerhilfe has created an innovative financial instrument that can help to combat the pandemic quickly and efficiently.

The advantages of the COVID-19 Relief Fund:

How does the COVID-19 Relief Fund work?

The COVID-19 Relief Fund

Complete information about the Welthungerhilfe COVID-19 Relief Fund.

The COVID-19 Relief Fund enables us to provide support where it is most needed most, right now, to protect against COVID-19. The fund has been endowed with 500,000 euros for this purpose. Support is given to organisations with whom we have worked together for a long time and in a spirit of trust. To ensure that people can continue to receive this support, Welthungerhilfe requires donations for the fund. This will allow it to be continuously topped up to finance further, highly effective measures. A donation thus has a lasting and equal impact in several countries.

Now is the time for global solidarity

Harness the power of the many – show your solidarity by joining the community committed to combatting the coronavirus. You can be sure your money in the Welthungerhilfe COVID-19 Relief Fund is being used effectively due to our clear and transparent decision-making processes. Well-established local partnerships and a high level of expertise in disease control are enabling rapid and effective action against COVID-19. Our commitment to transparency means you will also be kept informed about the use of funds and the success of the measures.

Help us stop the spread of coronavirus

Maike Schopf Foundation Partnerships Officer

The Welthungerhilfe COVID-19 Relief Fund enables us to target aid where it is needed most. In Burundi, for example, rainwater collection systems are being restored with 23,000 euros, washing stations are being set up in schools and more than 20,000 schoolchildren are being taught about preventive measures concerning COVID-19.

You share our goal of protecting people from coronavirus? Please call us or send us an email. We will gladly provide you with further information and answer your questions.

Uganda: Emergency relief fund supports families after flush floods
Uganda: Emergency relief fund supports families after flush floods

Reports from colleagues in the project countries

We are in constant contact with our colleagues in the field. They face exceptional challenges in these difficult times. Our goal is to maintain all work processes and continue our global projects while protecting our local teams.

Children wait in line to wash their hands
We are expanding our project work to include the education activities that are now so urgently needed to contain the spread of coronavirus as quickly as possible. © Desmarowitz/Welthungerhilfe


“The combination of COVID-19, the locust plague, millions of internally displaced people, as well as the reception of about 1 million refugees from neighbouring regions in crisis present Ethiopia with challenges that even in well developed countries one would not want to imagine.”
(Matthias Späth, Country Director Ethiopia)

In Ethiopia, a state of emergency was declared in some parts of the country and public transport was halted. Business life in Ethiopia is also at a standstill, which is partly affecting the work of Welthungerhilfe. Project activities in the country are currently being continued in a reduced capacity, coordinated by colleagues working from from home. The team is supporting the educational work of the local authorities. In addition, WASH training and hygiene education are being integrated into the regular activities.


"The Indian government has taken stringent measures to contain the spread of coronavirus. What followed is nothing short of a human tragedy."
(Nivedita Varshneya, Country Director Welthungerhilfe India)

India is completely closed off, 1.3 million people are under lockdown. The project work of Welthungerhilfe India has been suspended. The Indian health system is fragile, the lockdown puts the poorest people in particular at risk. Tens of thousands of people living in the slums of cities like Delhi have to return to their home regions on foot – without money or food. Welthungerhilfe's partner organisations are currently providing education and hygiene training in rural areas. They also provide food to migrant workers on the streets.


“The solidarity of the international community will also be measured by how coronavirus and its consequences in Liberia are managed.”
(Johan van der Kamp, Welthungerhilfe Liberia)

The government in Liberia has acted very quickly and has taken many measures to contain the spread of the virus. Despite these efforts and experience gained from the fight against Ebola, the risk to the population is high. Without financial support from abroad, Liberia will not be able to cope with this crisis.


"All schools in the country are closed, 5.4 million students have to stay at home. There is no education alternative such as online teaching in Malawi. The longer the crisis lasts, the greater the educational gap – and this in a country where even in normal times over 40 percent of people cannot read or write."
(Johannes Kaltenbach, Country Director Malawi)

Due to a lack of testing facilitates, there are currently no officially confirmed cases in Malawi, but people are already suffering from the pandemic. The government has declared a state of emergency. The health system has been chronically overloaded for years and could quickly collapse as the number of cases increases. Especially hard hit are students and low-income workers in the cities. Restaurants, hotels, conference centres are on the back burner. Minibuses and taxis have fewer and fewer customers.

The Welthungerhilfe team is preparing for the spread of COVID-19, and project activities are continuing with a focus on hygiene training and education. A quarantine station for newly arriving refugees at the refugee camp in Dzaleka is being prepared, hand washing stations installed and soap distributed.


"The situation in Pakistan is getting worse every day. While the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continues to rise, the current lockdown has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis in the country as day labourers are unable to buy food for their families. The government is extending support to many families, but there are communities that are not receiving any assistance, and these are the areas we are currently focusing on, with many projects being implemented with our local partners." 
(Aisha Jamshed, Country Director Pakistan)

In Pakistan, public life is mostly quiet, schools, shops and restaurants are closed. Welthungerhilfe's project activities continue in a reduced form. In particular, educational work is being stepped up and local authorities are being supported in the fight against coronavirus. In cooperation with a local partner which has special government authorisation, the Welthungerhilfe team will provide urgently needed food to around 1,000 households in Manga, Mardan District, who are under stay-at-home orders.


“If Zimbabwe now experiences a coronavirus epidemic, on top of repeated droughts and the growing economic crisis and hyperinflation, thousands of people may not survive.”
(Regina Feindt, Country Director Zimbabwe)

Since 30 March, public life in Zimbabwe has been restricted; schools, shops and markets have been closed. The government has declared a state of emergency. The health system in Zimbabwe is not at all prepared for the current situation. Currently, the capital Harare has the only ventilator in the country – for over 1.5 million inhabitants. Lack of access to clean water and virtually no facilities for regular hand washing are further factors contributing to the spread of coronavirus. The local Welthungerhilfe projects focus on the containment of COVID-19 and the team provides hygiene training to teach people about the necessary precautions and encourage them to take this information to their families and communities. Social media and announcements from car speakers are also used for this, in part to protect employees – social distancing rules also apply in Zimbabwe. In addition, wells are being repaired as quickly as possible so that more people have access to water again.

You can help to protect people

Maike Schopf Foundation Partnerships Officer

The COVID-19 Relief Fund provides targeted aid where relief is needed most. Therefore, we need your financial support. Please call us or send us an email. We will gladly provide you with further information and answer your questions.

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