Last year, the coronavirus pandemic sparked a series of economic setbacks—especially for impoverished families. In South Asia, GFA workers rose in response and ensured families had provisions in their time of need.
Because of lockdown restrictions, however, GFA World’s sponsorship programs could not operate as normal, so staff and other GFA workers partnered with local officials to organize food distributions for students, their families and their communities.
“Due to the pandemic, all the schools and the [sponsorship centers] were shut down,” said Pallis, a sponsored child. “Therefore, my studies had a great setback during this time. There was [also] no work, and as result, my family had to face great difficulty.”
Pallis wasn’t alone. Many other children faced similar situations.
“Due to the pandemic, my father and mother are jobless,” said Saverio, another sponsored child. “No one has any work to earn a living, and my family had to go through lots of hardship.”
Like millions of others affected by the pandemic, these children’s families faced financial adversity, but GFA workers were able to step in and provide more than 30 pounds of rice, lentils, cooking oil, biscuits, soybeans and soap to help alleviate hunger and the burden of not being able to care for their families.
These children, and dozens of others, were thankful the workers were there for them in their most desperate hour of need.
“I and my family are greatly benefited and happy to receive the ration kits from [GFA World],” said Saverio. “May God bless the [people] who came and helped us.”