As millions in developing countries face devastation because of coronavirus, CAFOD's Director Christine Allen shares an urgent message.
In the current circumstances we are all responding to the needs of our families, friends and neighbours. I want to ask you to help our neighbours in some of the poorest countries of the world.
Their situation is very tough - catastrophic for those in urban areas or refugee camps where chronic overcrowding allows the virus to spread quickly. There is a lack of washing facilities and inadequate healthcare. Social distancing means hunger. There is no safety net when people lose their jobs and income.
Coronavirus is exposing the shocking inequality that has long existed in our world. It will have a lasting and disastrous impact on the economies and livelihoods of those who already live on the edge.
CAFOD is responding quickly. Guided by our local experts, we are helping to limit the spread of the virus through prevention messages, health advice, and providing water, soap and toilets.
Yet in the face of this pandemic we need a concerted effort. Thank you if you have given to our recent Lent appeal - but we need to scale up our support to make a significant impact.
"Coronavirus is exposing the shocking inequality that has long existed in our world. It will have a lasting and disastrous impact on the economies and livelihoods of those who already live on the edge." - Christine Allen, CAFOD Director
All around the world CAFOD’s partners, local experts and Caritas agencies are responding and need your help.
Please help CAFOD to support them, now and over the months and years to come.
Please give to this special CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal. Please tell your friends, family, school and community about the importance of responding to those in desperate need around the world. Remember them in your prayers.
Your support does make a massive difference, so please give. Thank you.
Christine Allen Director, CAFOD