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.
The Guanacaste Community Fund together with other organizations in the Santa Cruz tourist area created this project to help families from 31 communities who are unemployed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Basic food baskets and products such as soaps, disinfectant towels and gel alcohol are delivered.
The so-called “Presidente de Rua” (street presidents) are chosen by the neighbors and their aim is to raise awareness, to monitor that people stay home, to distribute donations and essential items and to support people with symptoms with information. About 21,000 houses in the community are supported by the volunteers.
They will use the donations to buy food, soap and masks for the population living in overcrowded conditions in a Akari favela, in the north of Rio de Janeiro. “Fala Acari”, which means “Speak Acari” in Portugues, also participated in a 5-hour virtual event on YouTube, with musical performances, to raise funds.
In March, the Government announced $27 million for essential social services andup to $4.8 million for community grants “to support innovative, community-led solutions that support local resilience,” its website explains. They are up to $5,000 micro grants, which group of people are using to help their neighbours.
Activists, community figures, local religious leaders distribute essential items to the most vulnerable in Baghdad. They use donations and collect private contributions through social media to buy lentils, beans, rice and sugar, which they later pack and take through checkpoints as the city is under strict government curfew to contain…
They were chased out of the Harare CBD due to the Covid-19 lockdown. The movement aims to end homelessness one life at a time. They have thus far secured 3 centres to accommodate children, men and women separately and have also collected donations of food, utensils, cleaning products, bedding, bath…
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