Didi, a teacher at a school in the Philippines, works in a remote area with little access to health care. Local tribal groups subsist on root crops, but the economic downturn following COVID-19 further isolated her community from outside resources.
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, there have been more than 40 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1.1 million deaths at the time this article was written. The UN has stated that children living in poverty are disproportionately bearing the brunt of the disease and its economic impact.
In response, Convoy of Hope has distributed more than 25 million meals in 31 countries in response to COVID-19. Our international staff is working long hours, many under strict government lockdowns, to ensure we continue serving the people who are most at risk during this pandemic.
Didi is moved to tears when she talks about feeding the students in her class. “I feel like crying. It’s like you are a gift from heaven! Thank you so, so much to all of you.”
The story of the world’s most vulnerable people has played out time and time again as the coronavirus continues to spread and devastate communities that are barely hanging on. Filled with grit and determination, Convoy of Hope is compelled to keep serving those in need.
People like Didi are modern-day heroes. And it’s our joy to supply them with the help and support they need.
This story was first published in Convoy of Hope’s Hope Quarterly magazine. Read the rest of the issue here.