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Sydney South NSW 1235, Level 11, 227 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000

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Our response to COVID-19

Learn how families living in poverty are being impacted by COVID-19 and stay up to date

COVID-19 IS AFFECTING US ALL, BUT IT WILL DEVASTATE VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES

Families living in poverty without savings, healthcare and a reliable income will be most affected by coronavirus. Many are without access to soap, clean water or health knowledge – the basics needed to stop the spread of the virus. Even in developed countries, healthcare systems are under enormous pressure – those in developing countries will likely collapse.

Maintaining a reliable income to access food and healthcare will be even more challenging in the coming months.

Amidst government imposed lockdowns and social distancing measures, many people are unable to work. For families living in poverty—many of whom already rely on intermittent work—this could mean months without a sole income source. With little savings to fall back on, they will struggle to feed their children.

How is Opportunity International Australia helping?

Opportunity International Australia supports people in the world’s poorest communities in India, Indonesia and Bangladesh through microfinance, health, education and safety. We currently provide 6.7 million small loans to families throughout Asia – 95 per cent of them are to women. Many were already living a day-to-day existence. Now they need our help more than ever.

WE ARE RESPONDING BY PROVIDING:


  • community health leader training on COVID-19 prevention and identification

  • virus awareness and monitoring through interactive voice response messages, as well as handouts, posters and videos

  • essential items to families in need, including masks, food, soap and other sanitary products

  • emergency loans to help families restart their businesses

  • Please help families living in poverty survive this crisis

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    IN TIMES OF CRISIS, WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE

    Women are more likely to care for sick family members or their children in the face of school closures. This puts them at higher risk of exposure to the virus and will reduce time spent working outside of the home.

    For every three months of lockdown due to COVID-19, an estimated 15 million people—mostly women and girls—have suffered from gender-based violence, globally. Opportunity's program partner, My Choices Foundation, is responding with two new preventions.

    In India, the COVID-19 lockdown for 1.3 billion people posed a very different situation than lockdown in Australia. Food insecurity, minimal healthcare and extensive poverty has put the country under pressure.

    COVID-19 WEBINAR SERIES

    HEALTH, HANDWASHING AND LIFE IN INDIA

    In the first of our COVID-19 webinar series, Jessica Carter, Opportunity’s Asia Health Program Director, shares what life is like in India under the threat of COVID-19 and how our Community Health Leader program is educating vulnerable communities. 

    THE IMPACT ON COMMUNITIES LIVING IN POVERTY

    In this webinar Simon Lynch, our Community Development and Indonesia Director, and Zesly Pah, CEO of our program partner TLM, share what life is like for families living in poverty in Indonesia during COVID-19 and how Opportunity is responding.

    A LIFE IN FOCUS IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC

     In our final webinar Mark Daniels, our Asia Programs Director, discusses the future of microfinance in the light of COVID-19.

    VOICES FROM THE FIELD

    Ashila Diza Rahmadini from Opportunity’s Indonesian program partner speaks about the devastation of COVID-19 for families living in Indonesia. 

     

    Archana Brian, Head of Operations at Opportunity’s program partner My Choices Foundation, speaks about the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls in India.

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