Jack Dorsey awards $5 million for COVID relief in East Africa

Jack Dorsey awards $5 million for COVID relief in East Africa

CARE has announced a $5 million grant from Twitter and Square co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey in support of COVID-19 relief efforts in East Africa.

To be paid out over thirty months, the grant will support CARE's efforts to meet critical educational needs and mitigate the impact of the pandemic on students, teachers, and families living in poverty in Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia. To that end, CARE will work to keep students healthy and safe by providing food and water, sanitation, and hygiene supplies; preventing and addressing gender-based violence and other harmful practices such as child-, early-, and forced-marriage; and providing remedial and accelerated learning programs designed to mitigate learning loss and help students return to school. 

According to Dorsey's #startsmall LLC grant tracker, Dorsey also recently committed nearly $2.59 million to the Children's Health Council in support of the organization's COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Initiative. CHC, which works with children who struggle with ADHD, learning differences, anxiety and depression, and autism, is ramping up its efforts to address mental health, wellness, and emotional healing by ensuring that children, teens, and young adults have access to therapy and educational services. Earlier in December, #startsmall awarded $1 million to Meals on Wheels San Francisco's capital campaign in support of its efforts to deliver nutritious food and social supports to low-income, predominantly minority, seniors in the Bay Area; according to the organization, COVID-19 has driven a 20 percent increase in the number of food-insecure seniors in the region.

"CARE is grateful to be partnering with #StartSmall in East Africa to keep three hundred thousand students safe and learning," said CARE USA chief executive Michelle Nunn. "Last year, CARE helped nearly four million children in fifty-one countries stay in school and receive a better-quality education. This transformational gift will profoundly impact CARE's ability to increase access to quality education for marginalized children, particularly at-risk adolescent girls, and support families' economic recovery during the pandemic."

(Photo credit: Darcy Knoll/CARE)