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COVID-19 is a pandemic that was brought upon us without any warning, and many livelihoods have been disrupted, be it being retrenched, closing down of workplaces or facing deaths of family members. The lives of Asia’s most vulnerable children have been affected drastically as well, some not even having food or clean water to survive on. This is much more than a health crisis. It is a humanitarian crisis.

Within Syria, 95% of people lack adequate healthcare and 70% lack regular access to clean water due to collapsed infrastructure. Half the children are out of school. Conflict has shattered the economy and 80% of the population now lives in povert

In times of crisis, child marriages spike. Desperate families sell their daughters into marriage just to survive. COVID-19 could see an extra 4 million girls become brides in the next 2 years. Benesh, just 14 years old, lives with her husband and son at a camp for internally displaced people in the Badghis province of Afghanistan.

Sponsor and self-proclaimed extrovert Rhiannon Tuntevski has revived the art of letter writing to keep herself busy and connected while in isolation.
But what do you say at a time like this to your sponsored child?

It was child sponsors who allowed us to respond to the coronavirus crisis immediately. They’ll also ensure we’re there for the long term.

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