COVID-19 Solidarity Fund
COVID-19 Solidarity Fund
Update December 2020:
Who knew, when Kelly and I created this Fund on March 18th, that we'd still be needing it ten months later! Friends have been astonishingly generous during this challenging time, and we've seen God work miracles to reach those who are most vulnerable. As we head into the Christmas season, this Fund is currently assisting Belize Friends Ministries to distribute food boxes to families at risk of hunger, and we'll be adding some special foods for Christmas. Meanwhile, in Kenya, where school children have been kept at home for ten months, the Fund has supplied vulnerable girls with menstrual supplies to replace those they used to receive at school. Nearly every week, the FUM e-news brings stories of the Solidarity Fund at work. Everywhere in the world right now, people are hurting and people are helping and Jesus is becoming Emmanuel all over again. Thank you for your generosity!
Director of Global Ministries
In every context, Friends are especially attentive to the needs of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Among FUM’s ministries around the world, immediate needs are becoming clearer as the Coronavirus impacts lives and livelihoods. In order to allow Friends to support this solidarity work, FUM has created a new special fund. (Read the announcement from 18 March 2020 by clicking here.)
Right now (19 March 2020) we are aware of the immediate need for food assistance in Belize and Samburu. As other needs become known, we will share about them.
Update 26 March 2020 - Nikki shares about how the Fund is helping the Belize Friends School community stay connected: https://www.friendsunitedmeeting.org/news/cell-phones-and-love
Update 31 March 2020 - read Nikki's e-newsletter about how the Fund is feeding 40 households each week in Belize City: https://mailchi.mp/eeef3ae0f75b/love-in-the-time-of-covid-19
Update 6 April 2020 - see Eden's news story about how this Fund is helping traumatized people on Mt Elgon: https://www.friendsunitedmeeting.org/news/saving-lives-on-mt-elgon
Update 10 April 2020 - the Fund has just made a $1,000 grant to Lugulu Friends Mission Hospital for purchase of essential PPEs as they prepare to receive COVID-19 patients.
Update 16 April 2020 - read Oscar Mmbali's newsletter about caring for the community during this COVID-19 crisis: https://mailchi.mp/fum/what-the-kingdom-of-god-looks-like
Update 23 April 2020 - today the FUM Africa Ministries Office partnered with FWCC Africa Section and Friends Church Kenya to issue a joint appeal for humanitarian assistance for African Friends. See the full appeal here: http://fwcc.world/fwcc-news/quakers-helping-quakers. If you would like to designate your donation to this appeal, please check the "Africa Collaborative" box to the right.
Update 23 July 2020 - so much has been happening, and our staff are unable to keep up with posting all the stories! Here are some of the exciting ways the Solidarity Fund, and the partner fund for African Collaboration, are being used:
-- serving the needs of long haul truck drivers in East Africa: https://www.friendsunitedmeeting.org/news/friends-relief-to-african-truck-drivers
-- helping FTC pivot to e-learning: https://www.friendsunitedmeeting.org/news/technological-upgrades-at-ftc
-- assisting all of the Friends health centers, clinics and hospitals in Africa: https://www.friendsunitedmeeting.org/news/reaching-out-in-generosity
-- giving a small cash grant to over 100 African Friends pastors who are currently food-insecure.
-- assisting Nairobi Yearly Meeting with humanitarian aid in the slums
-- providing a thermogun for every Friends Church in Rwanda, as required by new government regulations
-- distributing staple food packs to vulnerable families in Turkana and Samburu
-- there are so many more stories that we haven't been able to post on the FUM website. The best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to FUM's weekly e-news. You can sign up for the newsletter by clicking here.
Thank you for standing together in solidarity within your local community, and also as a global fellowship. May Christ be more fully known through the love of Friends for those in need.
Mural at Belize Friends Center by Nancy McCormick and the team from Wilmington Yearly Meeting