Connecting With Families arose in large part because of the lessons learned throughout the past year. Although there has always been an emphasis placed on building and developing trust among all communities we reach — both beneficiaries and supporters — social distancing, ironically, magnified the importance of connection.
Unable to continue delivering services and programs as we had before the pandemic, new ways to reach families became critical to cultivating sustainable results in the COVID reality. All over the world, our staff and volunteers began a massive outreach to all families to check on their overall physical and psychological well-being.
By listening, empathizing and responding to the specific concerns and challenges of each family, we’ve been able to better support and address their immediate needs. This includes providing direct financial assistance, access to the appropriate health services, solutions for educational gaps, and connections to government agencies and other organizations in their communities.
And through Connecting With Families, the relationships with our families and communities have been strengthened.
130,000+ families have been supported through financial assistance, food aid and more since March 2020. With an average family of five, we estimate reaching well over half a million people with this critical assistance.
31,661 telemedicine consultations were conducted by Children International doctors from May through December 2020.