Our programs around the world are facing an unprecedented challenge of caring for our children after they've been sent home after worldwide school shutdowns. Watch the video message above from our program staff in Cuilapa, Guatemala or read the transcript below for their report on the situation. If you can, please support and share our #MonthofMeals campaign here to make sure the children of our programs around the world have the food they need to make it through this crisis.
As you can see, friends and donors, you just saw the empty facilities of the Home for Girls.
We are especially preoccupied for our girls because their basic needs are covered here at the home, as they come from very needy backgrounds and the services available here are not available in their families or with their caregivers.
We are especially worried about the current situation in our country and other countries abroad.
We want to let you know that when we handed over our girls to their families or caregivers, it was really difficult. Before our girls left this home, we generously shared with each a bag of food supplies so they can cover the basic needs of nutrition for these days. At the same time, we are ready to provide any kind of support according to their needs during this time while they are away from this home.
We also want to let you know that it is up to us to comply with all the government requirements. We have tried to fully comply with the government laws, following carefully the guidelines received: keeping calm, being together, and for us, praying.
Thank you for your support, thank you so much for what you have done for us, for our girls and for our boys.
As you know, we have public school here for children living in the surroundings. For all the children attending the school, due to the suspension of the academic activities, the school has opened a tutoring program for the children. Because this is not school break time, academic activities are suspended but the schoolteachers have provided the children at home with homework.
Many thanks and blessings to you all.
On behalf of A Chance In Life, my children and I have an urgent message to share about our ACIL kids in Italy, Ethiopia, India and Latin America.
P.S. I am also honored to report that out of more than 9,000 rated organizations, we have been named by Charity Navigator as one of the top six recommended charities providing community support and services in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
First and most importantly, in the wake of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic that is affecting our lives in such a tremendous way, I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.
I am writing to you today with an urgent request for help to support the children in our programs affected by COVID-19.
As you know, A Chance In Life works with the most vulnerable communities in Italy, Ethiopia, India and Latin America. We are committed to continuing our work helping at-risk youth in these deeply challenging times.
But as COVID-19 spreads rapidly across international borders, we are facing extreme challenges. The virus has now reached countries with weak health care systems, which are unprepared to combat the disease. Vulnerable children and those living in poverty will be hit hard by this outbreak.
As of today, an unprecedented number of children, youth and adults are not attending schools or universities because of COVID-19. Governments in 119 countries have announced or implemented the closure of educational institutions in an attempt to slow the spread of the disease. This is enormously affecting our programs.
Please make an immediate donation of $50 or more to support our work and help us respond to the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak. Your gift will help us provide urgent aid to at-risk children and their vulnerable families and support our work in more than 10 countries worldwide.
Your donation of $50 can help us provide nutritious meals for a child for a month in Ethiopia, India, Italy or Latin America.
Our goal is to provide 3,000 meals a month to the young people we support for the duration of this crisis. Together, we can ensure that even in times of uncertainty, the world’s most vulnerable children are not forgotten.
Please respond today. We will get through this crisis. Together, anything is possible.
With much gratitude,
For 75 years, A Chance In Life has served at-risk youth around the world. A Chance In Life currently provides care and an education to over 3,000 children a year in Italy, Ethiopia, India and Latin America. We have received the highest possible ratings from Charity Navigator and Guidestar, the most-utilized evaluators of charities in the US.