The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way we live and interact. Most countries struggle to protect their citizens and economies. In such times, few have the resources to help the people who are in-between countries and ultimately in no man’s land; the refugees.
This is why Water for All has agreed on a joint venture with the Peter Wallenberg Water for All Foundation to help provide water, sanitation and hygiene in a tent settlement for Syrian refugees in Lebanon called Zahle. The 8-months project is run by the Red Cross and aims to mitigate the risk for the refugees to be infected with the coronavirus. If COVID-19 were to spread in these sorts of crowded settlements the consequences would be dire, both in terms of an increased risk of being infected as well as lack of access to healthcare.
“COVID-19 is a global threat putting the lives of already vulnerable people in even greater danger. It requires a global response and global solidarity. We thank the Peter Wallenberg Water for All Foundation and all the engaged employees from Water for All for their support. Access to water and good sanitation and hygiene is vital to mitigate the risk for refugees to be infected with the coronavirus”, says Sofia Calltorp, International Director of Swedish Red Cross.
Water for All organizations in 11 countries on three continents answered the invite to be part of this endeavor. In just one week we managed to raise one million SEK (EUR 94 500) to match the donation from the Peter Wallenberg Water for All Foundation. In the end we raised more money than originally asked for and the project was thus possible to extend in order to reach even more refugees.