Durga is 80 years old and lives in a temporary plastic structure in a slum in South East Asia. After her husband died a few years ago, her sons left her on her own and she must take care of herself. To earn some money for buying her daily food, Durga begs on the highway near her hut. The lockdown in the country means that she has gone many nights and days without food. Her neighbors sometimes offer her a meal, but with their own families to take care of, and no income whatsoever, the neighbors too cannot spare much. She was shaking and shivering when we gave her a package of groceries, which is enough to last her for at least another 15 days.
So far, more than two million people around the world have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis which has resulted in it being officially recognized as a pandemic. As the core mission of ServeNow is to serve the needs of the most vulnerable around the world, we recognize that a crisis such as COVID-19 only increases the needs of the already marginalized and vulnerable. In any disaster, those on the margins are the first to experience the full impact, and this is already proving true in many of the local communities.
Together with our national leaders and your partnership, ServeNow continues to share Christ’s passion and love with local communities globally by meeting the most critical needs. Here is what is happening:
- The leadership of ServeNow has written a book titled: “The Basic Things You Need to Know When Our World Falls Apart” which is a special addition to The Basic Series edition. This book will be distributed to multiple countries and in multiple languages. An electronic version is available on our books/website page in English: https://weservenow.org/newbooks/ if you want to share with others, or order additional copies. We pray that you will draw much needed strength from it.
- We are now focused on meeting the most critical needs. Hygiene kits have been provided in India and Nepal, along with medical clinics, and sanitation awareness through flyers and banners.
- Relief with basic food items (care packages) is being provided to communities in Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Nepal, India, Burundi, Ivory Coast, Benin, and Togo where permission has been granted.
As we take all necessary precautions in complying with CDC guidelines, we believe that God is in control and are encouraged by the words of Psalms 23 that He is our shepherd. Thank you for your continued care, support, and commitment during this time!
To serve the most vulnerable through these efforts please click here to donate today: Where Most Needed.