AFRICA/SENEGAL - COVID-19: Solidarity Fund of the Senegalese Church for the poorest families

Wednesday, 6 May 2020 coronavirus   solidarity  

Dakar (Agenzia Fides) - On March 7, 2020, the Bishops of Senegal launched a national mobilization campaign in favor of the Emergency Fund of Senegal. The idea was to provide Caritas Senegal with the means to act quickly in emergency situations and provide assistance to the most vulnerable people.
"The Covid-19 pandemic, which is currently raging in the world and has greatly shaken all sectors of our society, unfortunately obliges us to stop, since 4 May, this fundraising campaign initially intended primarily for communities and Church structures", says a press release from Caritas Senegal sent to Agenzia Fides.
"However, Caritas Senegal remains determined to provide assistance to the most vulnerable to help those who cannot afford to meet their basic needs in the context of this health crisis whose socio-economic impact jeopardizes the lives of many people and entire families", reads the statement.
"Therefore, the amount raised as part of the first national mobilization for the Senegal Emergency Fund, which amounts to 10,327,500 FCFA, will be entirely dedicated to the purchase of food for poor families. The Catholic health structures involved in the care of the sick will also be supported by other resources mobilized with our partners".
"Caritas Senegal, on behalf of the Bishops, expresses its satisfaction and thanks all the people, structures and associations who have responded to their call by bringing their generosity", concludes the note. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 6/5/2020)