The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has announced grants totaling $2 million in support of COVID-19 recovery efforts in communities around the globe.
An eighth round of awards made through the CDP COVID-19 Response Fund includes five grants totaling $900,000 to U.S. organizations and nine grants totaling $1.1 million to international organizations. Recipients include the Adara Group, which was awarded $50,000 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in central Uganda and reduce the potentially catastrophic impacts the virus could have on the delivery of essential health services; Direct Relief, which will receive $150,000 in support of its Covid-19 Action Fund for Africa and efforts to protect health workers on the frontlines of the pandemic response in difficult-to-reach communities; and Living Water International, which was awarded $150,000 in support of its efforts to minimize the spread and impact of COVID-19 within vulnerable communities in nine sub-Saharan Africa countries.
Other recipients include Marie Stopes International, which was awarded $200,000 to ensure continued access to reproductive and other health services for women and girls and their families during the pandemic, and Oxfam – Colombia, which will receive $200,000 to facilitate access to goods and services, raise awareness of and prevent violence against women, and strengthen community risk management activities in Bogota and the Arauca region near the Venezuelan border. In the United States, the National Afterschool Association will use its $100,000 grant to fund the Distance Learning Response Initiative, a partnership with Discovery Education that supports high-quality digital content and on-demand professional development for underresourced schools.
With this latest round of grants, the CDP COVID-19 Response Fund has awarded a total of $19.4 million to a hundred and thirty-three grantees.
"As the U.S. and other parts of the world face a new, sometimes record-breaking, surge in COVID-19 cases, we continue to see the layering of tragic disasters on top of the pandemic," wrote Sally Ray, CDP's director of strategic initiatives, in a blog post. "With wildfires, earthquakes, typhoons, and hurricanes also wreaking havoc on many parts of the world, it becomes critical that we address the complex issues that occur with these multiple, complex traumas on communities."
(Photo credit: Direct Relief)