These are difficult and uncertain times for everyone, especially the most vulnerable including refugees and displaced people.
Help Refugees began four and a half years ago in response to a crisis. Flexibility and adaptability are hardwired into the way we work. Over the past weeks, together with our amazing partners, we have been adapting the way we work to help limit the spread of Coronavirus and to keep getting vital support to those who really need it.
We have been setting up hand sanitizer points in overcrowded refugee camps, prioritising hygiene packs, educating about the importance of hand washing to minimise contagion, and stepping up our support to partners providing medical services.
Our wider work must also continue, supporting essential food, shelter, water and sanitation. Babies still need diapers, families still need a safe place to sleep. Imagination, invention and love mean that our partners are coming up with ingenious ways to protect the mind as well as the body, with remote psychosocial support, education and children’s entertainment already taking place. Our partners are working in line with government policy in each country we work in.
The advocacy work to protect the people who are already being denied their most basic rights is more vital than ever. In the last days we have seen that governments can and will take decisive and even radical action when they feel it is necessary. We continue to push for governments to step up to protect refugees who cannot self-isolate, now more than ever.
We know that times are tough for everyone, and that the future feels uncertain. What is certain though, is that there is no greater power than love and community and together we can get through anything.
We promise that we will continue to put love into action and stand by the communities we work with. Thank you so much for being with us every step of the way. Your support makes a massive difference.
Thank you always, be safe
Josie and the Help Refugees team
Josie Naughton CEO