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Responding to Coronavirus Around the World

COVID-19 is upending life for millions of people across the globe. Jobs are disappearing, borders are closing, and the most fundamental needs are at risk of going unmet. BGR and local partners in countries around the world are responding to this unprecedented moment in history. From Asia to Africa, Europe to the Americas, we have had people on the front lines assessing needs and putting relief efforts into place. Below is a summary of projects, organized by location, that are already in motion.

East Asia

When COVID-19 emerged on the Asian continent, several restrictions were put into place in an attempt to slow the spread. Between those life-altering measures and the illness, entire towns and villages have been cut-off from necessary supplies, while hospitals have been stretched thin. BGR, along with local partners, currently has 20 projects underway in seven countries. Food distribution and financial support are but two of the ways we are trying to alleviate the burdens that have been hoisted upon the most vulnerable. 

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Central Asia

The spread of COVID-19 in Central and Southern Asia has been aggressive and devastating. To compound the challenges, this area has a large population of asylum seekers and refugees, many of who have no health insurance and few, if any, resources whose status makes them extremely vulnerable. 

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Central and South America

The spread of COVID-19 across the Americas has been economically devastating to the population, particularly those who are indigenous or migrant workers. Often marginalized, these vulnerable groups of people are often overlooked. Each passing day makes their plight increasingly desperate. 

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With one of the largest refugee populations in the world, this area has been vulnerable long before the arrival of COVID-19. Displaced families do not have the resources to contend with this disease. Local organizations trying to help these at-risk people are becoming overwhelmed with the level of need that has only intensified as this virus continues to spread. 

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In some regions of Africa, COVID-19 has not yet made its presence known. However, the continent as a whole faces unique struggles that can potentially compound the impact of such a fast-spreading virus. A lack of hygiene education, under-resourced medical facilities, and on-going violence heightens the risk of devastation in the wake of a pandemic.

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Please pray for BGR partners ministering to their communities.