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

Telephone: 1800 812 164

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THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS AFFECTED US ALL - IT DEVASTATED VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES

The COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted havoc on every family, community and nation. None have been more impacted than the world’s most vulnerable communities, already struggling under the weight of poverty.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, families living in poverty in Asia have shown incredible determination, courage, hope and resilience. But extensive lockdowns meant interruption to income generation opportunities and no means to access already limited healthcare services, with misinformation and fear preventing many from being vaccinated.

As the ongoing pandemic continues to impact on vulnerable families, there is still a lot of work to be done to keep communities healthy and ensure families can rebuild their livelihoods.

17 MILLION PEOPLE REACHED WITH OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE

The outpouring of support from our community in Australia, as well as support from the Opportunity International network, enabled us to respond quickly to the most urgent needs of families living in poverty. Thanks to the generosity of our Opportunity family, we worked with our local partners with existing, trusted networks in communities to pivot our services and deliver crucial healthcare, emergency relief and support during the worst of the pandemic.

Opportunity has provided urgent interventions, reaching more than 17 million people in India, Indonesia, and Nepal through:

  • mass COVID-19 vaccination hubs
  • primary healthcare support
  • countering vaccine misinformation
  • community health training on COVID-19 prevention and identification
  • food ration kits and medicine to support safe isolation and treatment at home
  • remote care through telemedicine
  • crucial small business loans to help families restart businesses, restore livelihoods and rebuild beyond COVID-19.

Read about our COVID-19 impact

17 million
people reached throughour COVID-19 response initiatives
5.2+ million
people vaccinated
10 languages
- our COVID-19 education materials were made available in

COVID-19 HAS INCREASED POVERTY AROUND THE WORLD

For the first time in decades, global poverty is on the rise. Globally an additional 75 million to 95 million people will be pushed into in extreme poverty in 2022 due to the pandemic, cost of living pressures, and global instability (World Bank). This year, our progress in ending poverty is facing its largest threat – but together we can make a difference to the lives of millions living in poverty.

As we look to a world post COVID-19, we are working to help families in poverty rebuild their livelihoods as well as stay healthy, send their children back to school and keep their communities safe from domestic violence and human trafficking. We're currently helping:

6.8 million families 
access small microfinance loans to start or grow their own businesses

1.5 million families
 to be reached with essential health knowledge

123 thousand parents and schools access loans to educate their children

108 thousand women
 to equip themselves via safety programs on domestic violence and sex trafficking.

Find out more about our programs

FROM COVID RESPONSE TO COVID RESILIENCE

As things continue to improve in Australia, families in the countries where we work in Asia are still struggling to get back on their feet after COVID-19 obliterated their income sources, sent shock waves through economies, health and education systems and created a ‘shadow pandemic’ of domestic violence and human trafficking.

More than a year into our response to this health crisis in Asia, Opportunity is focusing on supporting families living in poverty to build COVID-19 resilience.

By leveraging our local program partners to deliver vaccinations, improve access to social services and provide vocational training for youth, along with access to small loans, together we can help to rebuild COVID resilient communities.

Read Selvi's story

YOU CAN HELP FAMILIES REBUILD IN THE AFTERMATH OF COVID-19

For many families, COVID-19 has had the same impact on them as a natural disaster or war. They have lost businesses and even loved ones, and many don’t know how, or if, they will even eat today. As the world deals with the challenges of new variants of COVID-19, the pandemic continues to rage as communities try to work out how to live with the virus.

You can help families restart their small businesses after lockdowns and restore their livelihoods. Donate today to help families in poverty respond to the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and forge a new path into the future.

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