The coronavirus has now been confirmed in at least 30 of Africa’s 54 countries, officials said Monday.
There is a family of four in Tanzania that takes care of 23 orphaned children. This home has 5 workers that helps the children in any way they can. While this home is not an official partner of Haven of Hope International, we periodically make contributions as funding is made available to help make sure the doors of this home stay open.
A man uses his hand to cover his nose as he walks along a downtown street Johannesburg on March 16, 2020.Themba Hadebe / AP
We asked the orphanage director how they’re handling the effects of COVID-19. The director said that they are following the advised procedures including, but not limited to:
- Washing hands
- No hugs
- No shaking hands
- If visiting parts of town, anyone living in the orphanage must wash their hands
- Meetings canceled
- Conferences canceled
We asked the director what the number one need was and she told HOHI, the home desperately needs food. She says $500 would feed 23 children, four family members, and five staff members every day for a month.
In November, when we asked the director what we could get the kids for Christmas her answer was the same. They desperately needed food. The need these children have will remain, even if we don’t take action. For us, that isn’t an option.
How HOHI is helping
We have started a Emergency Rescue Fund. This rescue fund is specifically to respond to the growing need around the world. We’re partnering with various non profits that have an extended reach to help orphans in places like Africa and around the world.
We hope that you would prayerfully consider giving so that children will have their basic needs met. If people don’t continue to support these homes, kids won’t have a place to call home.
How to give to the Emergency Rescue Fund
- Go to Havenofhopeintl.org
- Click ‘Active Fundraisers’
- Click Emergency Rescue Fund
- Or click here
Meet some of the children that live in this home
100% of your donation to the Emergency Rescue Fund goes towards the most immediate needs.