LASS is now, formally starting its fundrainsig Campaign "In times of COVID-19, Let the Love Flow!" (“Em tempos de COVID-19, Multiplique o Amor!”)
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the fragility of many Cape Verdean families, a situation that is becoming more and more desperate on main island, Santiago, where the situation worsens now by the day, with a daily average of 10 new cases.
Faced with the cry for help that has been heard everywhere in the country these days, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cabo Verde has embraced the cause, mobilizing resources to support those most in need of a helping hand, aiming to secure at least one daily meal on the table of the most destitute families.
The response from the 80 local churches from around the country was enthusiastic, under the leadership of the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Cabo Verde (AIASD-CV), which contributed with a grant of four hundred thousand Cape verdean escudos (400,000$00), managed by LASS in the framework of the PAUL-COVID19 Program (Adventists United in the Fight Against COVID-19). With further fundraising, that initial amount soon reached the mark of one million escudos, making it possible for LASS to begin tackling the most urgent cases.
So far, more than ten tons of food have been distributed, benefiting over two thousand people, mainly on the islands where the state of emergency was extended. The present "Let the Love Flow" campaign will contribute to keep up the support for the families already covered by the PAUL-COVID19 Program, and enable LASS to begin helping more than 3000 (and counting…) new ones.
At the same time, in this new phase, the Program will have the support of ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency), the Seventh-day Adventist Church's international agency for emergency aid and community development. ADRA has already sent an initial US$2.500,00 grant and is currently preparing to make more resources available.
LASS acknowledges that at this point in time the economic situation of many of its potential donors is delicate and difficult, but urges every Cape Verdean citizen, here and around the world, to respond to this plea for help with generosity, a solidarity effort imbued with empathy and altruism, aiming at alleviating the suffering of the elderly, single mothers with young children, people with special needs or chronically ill, who will certainly remain very vulnerable for a long time, as it is now undeniable that the economic recession resulting from this pandemic will be very harsh.
Therefore, there is an urgent need to create and maintain a structure to ensure that many unemployed people will get the support they need, in their struggle to survive and economically rebound in the post-pandemic landscape.
With its national network of volunteers, LASS certainly is in a very privileged position to make a very strong contribution in the fight against COVID-19 in Cabo Verde, and to alleviate the suffering of many. Please, make your donation HERE and share our online donation platform on Social Media.