Our Response to COVID-19
Dear ODW Supporters,
First and foremost, we at One Day’s Wages hope that you and your family are safe and healthy.
I know that many of us are feeling the strain and disruption that COVID-19 has had on our daily lives. I have been feeling particularly worn down by stress and anxiety this past week. The constant blast of news and the level of uncertainty that we are left with after reading every last article has me feeling unsettled and, to be honest, a little uncertain how to move forward.
But then last week an intern shared with me how motivated and encouraged she is to be a part of our movement at such a time as this. It is giving her the opportunity for a positive response to the pandemic. Her comments reminded me of a simple truth: Even in the midst of uncertainty and fear, each of us has agency to make a positive impact.
Which is why One Day’s Wages has launched an emergency relief fund to respond to the spread of COVID-19 within some of the most vulnerable communities around the world. While the strain from the pandemic is tangible for all of us, we’re coming alongside communities in vulnerable places such as refugee camps, remote villages, and densely populated urban areas where the spread of the virus could have severe impact.
Our invitation today, if you are able, is to come alongside our global neighbors. Together, let’s commit to ensuring that communities have access to clean water so that they may wash their hands and maintain other hygiene practices to prevent the spread of the virus. Let’s make quality healthcare accessible and ensure hospitals are equipped. Let’s make financial resources available so that families don’t have to worry about treating their loved ones. Let’s not forget our own capacity to make change for the common good.
You can learn more about our emergency relief fund here.
Lastly, as the communities in which we work are adapting to the spread of the virus, many of our partners are adjusting how they implement their projects supported by One Day’s Wages. Transparency remains one of our core values, and we are committed to being upfront with you about these changes. We are also committed to engaging our partners with integrity and grace as they respond to the crisis.
We are grateful for your ongoing support in this uncertain time. Together, we can work towards a more just and beautiful world.
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