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Surviving Coronavirus: When social distancing is not an option

Updated: Oct 8


Since the beginning of the pandemic public health advice has been consistent. Everyone should stay at home, wash their hands and maintain physical distance from others at all times. But what if you cannot self-isolate in an impoverished village without the basic necessities or access to medical help? This is the reality of life in Tambaya.


More than 3,500 people cram into an area barely the size of a football pitch. It’s lush location on the banks of the Gura river masks the area’s abject poverty. With almost everyone earning less than $2 dollars a day, widespread drug and alcohol abuse was a major concern even before Coronavirus. Now with recent lockdown measures the only local employer has closed and people have been confined to their small, rundown homes. Trapped in these cramped conditions with no financial support, the local population is at risk of contracting the virus and…..even starvation.


In response to this desperate situation, we launched our ‘Covid19’ campaign to raise funds to help keep the villagers safe. These funds have been used to buy the food items, soap, face masks and hand-washing containers which have dramatically increased chances of survival for so many. But the battle for life is far from over. According to the Ministry of Health ‘local transmissions is accounting for 91% of the total caseload in the country’. As the number of cases continues to skyrocket, we need to redouble our efforts to protect those who now depend totally on our services for survival.


Working closely with village elders, Dignified Children wants to provide much more than just essential items. By providing shelter and making vital medical assistance available to all, we hope to reduce the potential for transmission and keep as many villagers safe as possible into the future!


To find more information and how you can help, check out the Tambaya village page.

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