On April 2nd 2020, the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Benin. Batonga acted swiftly to help the communities we support better face this pandemic. Thanks to the funds raised through our COVID-19 Emergency Fundraiser launched in April 2020, we were able to:
This emergency fund helped to prepare the communities Batonga supports for COVID-19 and prevent the spread of the virus. However, on this upcoming one year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic hitting Benin, there is still so much more work to be done to help build resilience in these communities. It is essential that we address the profound psychological, social, and emotional impacts this pandemic has taken on the lives of the young women and girls in Benin.
COVID-19 has resulted in heightened economic insecurity for women and girls around the world. Reports show that the pandemic will push 96 million people into extreme poverty by 2021, 47 million of whom are women and girls. In addition, COVID-19’s lockdowns, school closings, and joblessness have resulted in a parallel pandemic of violence against women and girls. Reports of GBV have increased by 40% or more around the world.
However, together we can work to mitigate the economic, social, and psychological effects of the pandemic on the lives of the young women and girls we support and build resilience in their communities. Donations to Batonga’s COVID-19 resilience fund will go directly towards:
By donating to Batonga today, you can help build economic resilience and activity for young women and girls in Benin in a way that elevates their rights, dignity, and solidarity. Every dollar counts!