Dear Friends–

As we watch the Covid-19 challenge unfold, our hearts go out to those whose health and welfare are affected directly and indirectly by the pandemic.  

This is a “Covid GOOD News” email! 

We wanted to share with you some of the ways in which  our Fellows and Alumni are responding to the challenge.  Many of them have completely pivoted their programming in order to best address the needs of the children they support in new and creative ways.  

Here are just a few:

  • Alison, the CEO of Lively Minds  (Ghana and Uganda) and her team are broadcasting weekly shows to support rural parents with simple, effective and free ways to help their families stay healthy, and keep young children learning and entertained during lockdown in Ghana and Uganda. In their local language they are broadcasting shows on parenting which teach hygiene, nutrition, wellbeing and other important parenting knowledge, as well as simple educational games to play with children that support development and learning.
  • Michael, Founder, President and CEO at Lagos Food Bank (Nigeria) has increased and expanded partnerships with at least 5 additional food suppliers. They have also expanded into at least 3 new communities – bringing food and supplies directly to these rural communities. 
  • Emily, the Exec. Dir. of M-LISADA (Uganda) have taken in homeless children to stay in their center as it acts now as a drop point for Police who find children on the streets. They normally work with at-risk and street children but not as a shelter. They have also begun distributing soap to the children and people in the slum community around their center. 

These remarkable stories, coming in from several countries in Africa, reflect the stories we are seeing from all over the world.  We are proud of our entrepreneurs who are selflessly committed to the children they work with and are responding to the Covid 19 situation with commitment, creativity, and resiliency.  

Supporting our work is more critical now than ever. Make a gift today.  No amount is too small.  And all the dollars we receive are supporting our work with entrepreneurs who are in the trenches working with children around the world.

Take care, stay home and wash your hands.

As always, gratefully….

Randy & the Gratitude Team