Africans Rising Covid-19 Solidarity Fund
COVID-19 has shocked the whole world and Africa has not been spared. Today most African countries are still struggling to stop the spread of the pandemic which has devastated many aspects of life on the African continent and in the diaspora. However, this global health crisis has also given rise to a new generation of leaders and activists bringing innovative ideas to prevent the spread of the disease.
Inspired by the example of Africans Rising members who are working tirelessly on the ground to protect their communities from COVID-19, we are kicking off our Africans Rising COVID-19 Solidarity Fund, a fundraiser to support grassroots COVID-19 relief efforts.
Thousands of Africans Rising members took part in this year’s May 25 mobilization “Active Citizenship in the Fight Against COVID-19, #Rise4OurLives.” In Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Libya, DRC, and the USA, among many other countries, you showed us that you are actively engaged in protecting your communities from this disease. We want to see your work continue. That is why we are inviting our membership and friends to support you. We want to make sure Africans and diaspora communities develop and lead their own protection, education, and health care responses to COVID-19.
Africans Rising COVID-19 Solidarity Fund
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Stories from our members
Abigail Stevens is the executive director of the Centre for Coordination of Youth Activities and organizer of Africans Rising Sierra Leone. She is based in Freetown.
On May 25, African Liberation Day, Abigail and her colleagues in Africans Rising Sierra Leone, gathered in Funkia Goderich Market where they held a sensitization campaign to spread awareness about COVID-19.
Organisation: Andrée Blouin Culture Center
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, local organizers came together to assist community members to protect themselves from the COVID-19 pandemic by providing basic essentials such as soap, food, masks, and educational material on handwashing techniques.
The Andrée Blouin Center raised $830 for the purchase of these materials and, with additional support from Africans Rising, the center was able to feed 360 families as a part of this year’s May 25-African Liberation Day mobilization.
Community members appreciated the gesture. Many of them are struggling to make a living under COVID-19 confinement regulations. Their income and livelihoods have been disrupted, making it hard for them to support themselves and their families.
By donating to Africans Rising we can help many more families during this difficult time.