The EU staff COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund has already supported 21 organisations in Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Romania, Hungary, Poland, and Bulgaria, helping them address the effects of the pandemic.
BCause Foundation – Bulgaria
Supporting women shelters during COVID-19 cirisis
The pandemic and the lockdowns has determined a spike in domestic violence. We gave €10,000 to by BCause Foundation and the Bulgarian Fund for Women to help organisations for victims of domestic violence upscale their activities and adapt their shelters to cope with COVID-19 safety measures by acquiring PPE and medical supplies for staff and beneficiairies.
Fundacja Ocalenie – Poland
Building a shelter from the pandemic for migrants
We gave €15,000 for the Welcome Home programme, which supports refugee families in Warsaw and Łomża by providing food and hygiene products, rent subsidies, family assistance, Polish language courses, psychotherapy, support for finding stable employment, education and legal assistance
Fundacja Pokolenia – Poland
Supporting the vulnerables on two wheels
We gave €20,000 to support disabled, elderly and other vulnerable people in Tchew by providing food, medecins and hygiene products, books, and access to public and post services, all by bike. They also fix old bikes and donate them to people otherwise faced with mobility issues due to the pandemic.
Pe Stop – Romania
Fighting period poverty in Bucharest
25% of Romania’s population is living at risk of poverty and women are more vulnerable to poverty than men. With €10,000 we help Pe Stop provide 4 months’ worth of masks, hand sanitiser and menstrual products to 350 women and girls between the ages of 10 and 55, for whom the pandemic has meant the loss of the majority of their income.
Bunul Samaritean – Romania
Supporting vulnerable children and elderly in rural areas
With €5,000, we helped this charity reopen their Day Centre in Galați County and offer hot meals, drinks, showers, counselling and medical assistance to children from disadvantaged families. With other €5,000, we helped provide 2 months’ worth of food, toiletries, cleaning supplies and PPE equipment for 200 disabled, elderly and vulnerable families.
Faros – Greece
Suppoting refugee children during the pandemic
Faros provides unaccompanied refugee children and young people in Athens with accommodation, access to legal services, psychosocial support, formal and non-formal education, and mentoring. With €15,000, we cover the salary of a psychosocial operator, non-food items, and the rent of their drop-in centre.
Food Bank Attica – Greece
Emergency food fund for the most vulnerable
With € 10,000 we helped the distribution of about 400 food packages for more than 2,400 beneficiaries in Attica. This will cover the needs of beneficiaries for one month and be delivered through a network of local non-profits including homes for the elderly, childcare institutions, organisation supporting people with disabilities and soup kitchens.
Rede de Emergencia Alimentar – Portugal
Emergency food response to families in need
With €10,000, we supported this action promoted by the Federation of Portuguese food banks to provide basic food (milk, dairy products, rice, oil and cereals) to families suddenly caught by lay off and unemployment, as a consequence of the lockdown. The action supports 12,000 families in the whole country.
Student Keep – Portugal
Ensuring access to online schooling to all
With €10,000, we helped Student Keep and the movement #tech4COVID19 provide IT equipment to children and young people otherwise with no access to online schooling. So far more than 1150 IT equipment has been donated to pupils and students in the whole country.
CESVI – Italy
Support to the elderly in Bergamo and Milan
People over 65 are most at risk and strongly suffer from isolation. CESVI helps them with food, medicines and personal protective equipment, as well as safe transport and home support to more than 1,100 old people. With €10,000 we provide 200 family packages and 150 hours of home support.
(photo: Giovanni Diffidenti)
La Comunità – Italy
Support to vulnerable and COVID-19 affected families
With €10,000 we help to provide food and medicines as well as social and psychological assistance to 75 vulnerable families in Genoa and welcome 20 children, whose parents are COVID-19 affected, in a specific building where they can spend their quarantine period with educational support.
Fundació Galatea – Spain
Psychological support to health professionals
Fighting COVID-19, health professionals experience great mental and emotional distress. With €15,000 we help providing 3 sessions of professional psychological support to 166 health professionals to promote their capability to cope with the emergency.
Cruz Roja – Spain
Practical and psychological support to the elderly
We donated €15,000 to their programme Cruz Roja RESPONDE. They will provide 370 old people in situation of physical and social fragility with food, personal hygiene and household cleaning products as well as psychological support for coping with isolation.
Bancos de los Alimentos -Spain
Food distribution to vulnerable families
We donated €10,000 to Federación Española de Bancos de Alimentos-FESBAL for provinding 500 food packages including 2,000 kg of pasta, 2,000 kg of tinned food, 1,000 kg of rice, 1,000 l of cooking oil and 1,000 l of milk.
Emergency – Italy
Medical assistance and support to the population
We donated €25,000 to provide 400 people with access to primary healthcare and socio-sanitary assistance. Emergency is currently active in Bergamo, Milan, Brescia, Venice and Piacenza, our support is going to contribute to expanding their action to other 6 regions in Italy.
(photo: Archivio Emergency)
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