Disaster fund brings COVID-19 relief to families

Unbound invites individuals to help families around the world bounce back from COVID-19 by giving to its Disaster Response fund.

As cities across the United States consider their path to reopen, the COVID-19 pandemic is only beginning to take hold in parts of the developing world. Unbound reports that many families across Latin America, Asia and Africa risk falling back into extreme poverty as the pandemic threatens to destroy the progress they made to improve their situations.

Unbound invites individuals to help families bounce back from COVID-19 by giving to its Disaster Response fund — Unbound.org/Disaster — on Giving Tuesday Now, a new global day of giving starting on May 5 to help those in need impacted by the pandemic.

“Disasters hit people living in poverty harder and can disrupt their lives far longer after others return to ‘normal,’” said Andrew Kling, community outreach director at Unbound. “The good news is that we have the opportunity to make a life-changing impact even with limited resources. Donations we receive on Giving Tuesday Now will help save lives and livelihoods around the world. No one should have to choose between social distancing or starvation.”

According to Kling, donations to Unbound’s Disaster Response fund will be allocated to families in need through direct cash transfers. The international nonprofit started using cash transfers to deliver support to families in 2001. Currently, 93 percent of children, youth and elders participate in Unbound programs that use cash transfers as the primary method for delivering benefits.

“We may be able to start seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, but for many families around the world, the challenge is just beginning,” Kling said. “The support we give now will be vital to ensure that families can keep building on the progress they have made, rather than losing everything again.”

With more than 10,000 organized groups of mothers of sponsored children around the world, Unbound has been able to respond quickly and effectively in the midst of the pandemic. The combination of cash and community has allowed families to use resources as effectively as possible, while the community emphasis has ensured that no one is left behind.

Learn more about how cash transfers, mothers groups and community organizing helps Unbound respond in the COVID-19 crisis.

How you can help in the pandemic

Your gift to the Disaster Response fund helps families most affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Cash transfers are made to the individual bank accounts where families receive their Unbound benefits. This gives families the most flexibility to address urgent needs while doing their part to stay healthy and keep their communities safe.