A non-profit organisation African Masks distributes cloth masks in several countries across Africa. While some governments introduced compulsory mask-wearing, many impoverished communities cannot afford a mask. Teams of African Masks volunteers distribute masks to the most vulnerable and populated communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Senegal, Kenya, Benin and Nigeria.
Hospitals throughout Belarus are facing a shortage of personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic, but communities are trying to help fill the gap. Minsk Hackerspace is a non-profit, all-volunteer DIY community in Minsk. On April 1, a group of engineers, makers, and healthcare professionals teamed up to leverage DIY manufacturing technology to support PPE production in the country.
Telefono Rosa, an Italian non-governmental organisation, launched a campaign to help women who suffer domestic violence during the lockdown. This Rome-based non-profit has several shelter houses, two anti-violence centres in two city-halls and works with psychologists and lawyers to support victims. They also offer a phone number and chat for women living with their abusers to report violence.
In São Paulo, Brazil, a collective of bikers called Bike System travels through the city distributing cleaning kits to those who are living on the street with no access to the means of virus prevention. The kit is simple: water bottles and liquid soap bottles so they can wash their hands. There are an estimated 24,000 homeless people in Brazil's wealthiest city.
In Poland, a social initiative Visible Hand connects those who need help with volunteers across the country. It is promoted via Facebook and operates in many cities and towns where separate accounts were created. Those willing to help can sew masks, give someone a ride, walk a dog or cook lunch. The assistance is free of charge, and everyone can join.
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