Awarded through the LEGO Foundation, the funding will be split among three groups of partners working to provide COVID-affected children with essential supplies so that they can continue to learn through play. Grant recipients include Education Cannot Wait, which provides educational services for children caught up in emergencies and protracted crises; a selection of existing LEGO Foundation partners whose work has been complicated by the spread of the virus; and a variety of charity partners serving communities where the LEGO Group has a significant presence.
According to UNESCO, the coronavirus has caused more than a hundred and sixty countries to implement nationwide school closures affecting 87 percent of the world's student population. In response to the closures and to help alleviate some of the strain and stress for families sheltering at home, the foundation's partners have launched a #letsbuildtogether campaign across LEGO's social media channels, as well as a website, Let's Build Together, offering LEGO-related building ideas, daily challenges, and live build-alongs.
"Caring for children's well-being and development has been at the heart of our culture for more than eighty-five years. We are proud to continue this tradition and to do our part," said LEGO Group CEO Niels B. Christiansen and LEGO Foundation CEO John Goodwin in a joint statement. "It's an extraordinarily difficult time, but together we can support each other, be inspired, be safe, and learn through play."