COVID RESPONSE “The New Normal”
Families who were struggling to survive before Covid-19 now find themselves completely at the mercy of local government units and charities to help them meet their daily needs.
Upskills + Foundation Inc (UFI) is working closely with the local government to find solutions to these new challenges; its core aim to help those most in need in the most sustainable way possible.
Understanding the Needs
For ECQ and GCQ areas, all persons under 21 years and 60 years and above, those with severe health risks and pregnant women, and any person who resides with the above, are required by law to remain indoors, only exceptions being for quarantine pass holders wishing to source food or requiring essential services.
The majority of families in the communities supported by UFI are considered to be the poorest of the poor and survive meal to meal, many eating leftovers from restaurants that are currently closed, their biggest challenges now is where their next meal is coming from and keeping their families safe.
These families live in makeshift shanties, the size of a small bathroom, without the use of running water. Many of these homes are overcrowded making social distancing impractical, placing them at the highest risk of infection.
Private schools are open in the Philippines, however Government schools remain closed until a vaccine is available or the Inter Agency Task Force recommend otherwise.
Some members of the community can return to work but the public transportation has been reduced to such a level that many cannot physically get to work.
Lockdown began on March 16th and after several months the most vulnerable in the community such as children, senior citizens, pregnant and nursing mothers and large extended families are now beginning to show early signs of malnourishment and starvation.