BANGLADESH: HELP FOR WORKERS AND THE ROHINGYA
Transnational fashion brands have cancelled orders in Bangladesh worth over 3 billion US dollars. Four million people are employed in the country’s textile factories and risk having no income at all in the months to come. And then too, there are the refugee camps for Rohingya people who have fled Myanmar. So the coronavirus crisis is hitting the country particularly hard. We are providing the Rohingya with information about how to avoid catching the virus, and assist the textile workers with emergency aid in cooperation with our local partner organisation OSHE.
Burkina Faso: Aid for displaced people
Solidar Suisse informs the population about prevention measures with posters in three national languages (Mooré, Dioula, Fulfuldé). The information is also shared via social networks and Whatsapp. With the awareness campaign, we also want to reach IDPs in particular and thus prevent the further spread of Covid-19. Thanks to the construction of two new wells, the water supply for 10,000 refugees in camps will be improved. Solidar Suisse also distributes masks in particularly busy places such as schools, markets and in front of churches and mosques.
El Salvador: Seeding and prevention from domestic violence
This year, people in El Salvador were not only affected by the pandemic, but also by severe flooding. To support the affected small farmers, we distribute seeds to secure their food. We are also campaigning against the increasing domestic violence in El Salvador. We inform victims about their rights via social media and Whatsapp and promote state support for women affected by violence.
Mocambique: Prevention and help for the poorest
In order to contain Covid-19, Solidar Suisse has installed information boards and hand-washing stations in public spaces at highly frequented locations. In cooperation with local radio stations, we inform people in the provinces of Manica and Sofala about risks and prevention measures in Portuguese and local languages. We support public health centres and provide vulnerable people with protective materials. In addition, 750 needy families were supported in obtaining food through M-Pesa cash transfers.
Malaysia: Basic food for migrant workers
In the remote palm oil plantations of Sabah, Covid-19 worsens the situation of isolated migrant workers. The pandemic has made it even more difficult for them to obtain food and hygiene products. At the same time, the plantation workers are hardly protected against infection. Solidar Suisse, together with local partners, distributed basic food and hygiene items during the height of the crisis in the first half of the year.
Pakistan: Prevention in poor settlements
Our local partner organisation distributes soaps and disinfectants and we inform the population in poor settlements about dangers and protective measures with leaflets. Workers in sewing workshops are trained to make protective masks and we distribute the masks to sick and vulnerable people. Through our project to support working children, we have identified families in urgent need of assistance due to loss of income.