NCP COVID Response
NCP is not in the business of emergency relief, but what can you
do when your partners come asking for urgent assistance during a
global pandemic? And as this kind of support is not part of our normal
budget, we had to appeal to our network in each situation, and they
responded generously. Altogether, we raised some $60,000 since March
2020 for our partners in East Africa, Nepal, and the Americas.
Here's a summary of our CV19 campaigns, beginning early in the pandemic:
In late March 2020 NCP received urgent requests from our partners in South Sudan, Congo and
Rwanda to address CV-19-related food shortages in their communities. We raised $14,000 in
On Earth Day, our network contributed $8000 to help the Kichwa people in the Ecuadorian
Amazon keep their dreams of an eco-friendly lodge and reforestation projects alive.
In early May, we raised $1750 to provide food staples for 50 sex trafficking survivors in Nepal,
then $3200 to provide two months' salary for 16 teachers at Queensland boarding school, in
Nimule, South Sudan, the girls' school NCP raised funds to build in 2015.
In late May, we raised $6500 for food, fuel wood, antiseptics, and paying gravediggers on the
Dineh reservation in NM, and food relief for native communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
In late May, $2300 was gathered and sent to aid schoolgirls at Blessed Bakhita School in
South Sudan who couldn't leave the school during the pandemic as they would have been
subject to forced marriage should they return home. (photo above)
$1300 was contributed in mid-summer for face masks for school girls and Batwa (pygmy) women in the
DR Congo, as masks were mandated in public and these people couldn't afford them (NCP purchased cloth and then paid Congolese women trained in tailoring with support from NCP to make them).
In October, we received pleas for food aid for Shuar and Cofan partner communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and for Batwa (pygmy) in Rwanda. We raised some $3500 and 300 families received staples
such as rice, cooking oil, corn flour, and soap.
In December, we learned that our partner on the Dine reservation, a community health worker, was lacking basic protective gear and cleaning items - despite native people dying at four times the rate of the national average. We raised $400 to send these. $3000 in additional funds came in, which we sent to partners in the Ecuadorian Amazon to increase food security.
Our Sustainable Living Centers have also responded to the pandemic in socially distant, but socially meaningful ways, expanding gardens in Vermont to provide more room for food-insecure families to raise vegetables, and in Harrisonburg, VA using grants to hire unemployed immigrant workers to grow, package,
and bike-deliver fresh, organic veggies for school feeding programs and for low income families.