Poverty and Hope Appeal 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is sadly, truly global. Through some its existing partners, the Rochester Diocese Poverty and Hope Appeal helping alleviate the situation in some of the poorest countries of the world.

For example, the Poverty and Hope Appeal is already helping tackle HIV stigma in Zimbabwe and improve the economic well-being of people living with HIV through our partners USPG and the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe. (Photo: USPG/Linette Frewin).

At this exceptional time the work has expanded.  People living with HIV have reported difficulties in accessing health facilities due to the lockdown. However, efforts are being made by coordinators in the Zimbabwean diocese to link up those who have run out of their three months’ supply of drugs with the National AIDS Council.

In addition the church in Zimbabwe is cascading information about Covid-19 to priests and diocesan facilitators through emails and WhatsApp groups and also through Skype Webinars. They are encouraging priests and facilitators to share this with people living with HIV and their wider communities.

While the official launch of the 2020 Poverty and Hope Appeal has been delayed because of the practical difficulties relating to the Covid-19 situation,  it has already been decided that it would support the same projects this year as last.

The Appeal would be very grateful for any donations during this time when the work, as illustrated in Zimbabwe, has expanded and needs are greater than ever.

To find out ways to make a donation, please email: povertyandhope@gmail.com 

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