The coronavirus outbreak is affecting the entire world with over 5 million people affected and 340,000 victims at the global level, according to recent WHO data. When the pandemic broke out in Europe, hitting Italy first and undermining its health and economic systems, we decided to find ways to give our contribution for the most vulnerable affected by this emergency. Here, all the initiatives we launched in Italy, our headquarter, as well as in the other countries where Still I Rise operates.
We donated 20,000 euro to purchase 6 monitors for the ICU unit of the hospital in Crema, located at the core of the most affected area. Also, we launched a fundraising campaign on GoFundMe to support the forgotten hospitals in Italy, asking our supporters to inform us about hospitals most in need. Your emails indicated the hospital in Locri as the one of the most in need and we donated 12,700 euro to the medical facility there.
To the small hospital in Samos we donated one ventilator, two monitors for the ICU and personal protective equipment for the staff.
We also distributed hygiene kits to unaccompanied minors who live in the hotspot.
Following our petition, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) asked the Greek government to immediately transfer 7 unaccompanied minors from the Samos hotspot to safer accommodations.
Together with other NGOs, we demanded EU Member States to transfer all unaccompanied minors from the refugee camps on the Greek islands.
We distributed hygiene kits and trained children about how to prevent the virus spread.
In Nairobi we distributed 200 hygiene kits containing masks and hand-sanitisers to families who live in the most difficult areas of the city. We also launched a campaign to create three murals in the Nairobi slums communicating essential messages about COVID-19 prevention.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, we had to close our schools in Samos and Gaziantep. To ensure access to education even during the pandemic, we launched Together, our e-learning program for 11-17 year old children offering free courses of English, math, reading, meditation, resilience, and more.
To bring a message of support, solidarity and gratitude to all the doctors, nurses, health workers, paramedics, technicians, researchers, telephone operators, orderlies, volunteers, pharmacists and general practitioners who risk their lives every day in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, we launched a petition on change.org to ask the Nobel Prize Committee to exceptionally welcome the nomination of health personnel from all over the world for the Nobel Peace Prize 2020.
The petition is travelling around the world, reaching the UK, Germany, Turkey, India and Australia with over 112,000 signatures.
With these initiatives we hoped to give our small contribution to support the most vulnerable during this pandemic. As usual, this is made possible with your support. Thank you for helping us to continue our mission: to change the world, one child at a time.