COVID CRISIS APPEAL: Belong Aotearoa
Help us change our support services so that we can ensure our vulnerable communities, stay connected and supported.Auckland
It's a scary time. COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is taking over our lives - our news feeds, conversations, shops, events and more. I've been following closely what's happening in NZ but also overseas. Just like many others, I have both family and friends in countries where the outbreak is much larger and to be honest, it's been really distressing.
As easy as it is to panic, I know that we are all in this together. In particular, we at Belong Aotearoa are making sure our communities know that even as the world physically isolates, that we are still here. But we need your help to make sure we are.
Keeping on top of our health and well-being practices, we've also taken some steps to ensure that we take care of staff, volunteers and communities. We've reduced our in-office staff and volunteers with a roster for some to work from home. We've postponed many of our events and workshops and are reworking our community outreach projects to ensure we are still connecting with our communities, because we cannot afford not to.
Our communities are already isolated, often not having the social support networks many of us turn to in times of trouble. They often have little to no English language skills making access to NZ's latest COVID-19 updates almost impossible making it even easier to panic. Lack of access to services and systems already leaves them vulnerable with many lacking the resources (e.g. financial, technology) to fall back on when things get tough. Our projects help address it but changing them to suit this new climate of physical distancing, needs your help.
We know times are hard but I wouldn't be asking if this was not a crisis. Please donate and help us as we change our projects to remain accessible to our communities. Some of these changes will include more online support, at-home activity kits and providing resources to access this e.g. internet data. Just like any of our work we are working alongside our community, to make sure we tailor our at-home support to their needs.
With your help we can ensure that even as countries and people, distance themselves, that we are all still connected and feel we belong.
Thank you for your time and together, let's get through this.
Nāku noa, nā,
We are a social change organisation based in Auckland. Building on over 16 years of supporting thousands of newcomers, migrants and former refugees, we are committed to fostering a New Zealand where everyone can belong.
Use of funds
The funds will be used to support the changed delivery of our key community outreach projects - investing into online support (resources needed to deliver and access), at-home activity kits relevant to Safari Playgroups, WISE Collective and more.
We really appreciate all those who've donated so far and we've already put your donations to good use with our Safari Playgroup Activity take-home kits for many of our families.
It was so amazing to be able to bring smiles to these children and their families especially during a time of isolation. Our team, following physical distancing rules delivered small packages around Auckland thanks to those donations received. Whilst this was only a small step, it definitely had great benefits and we're excited for what more we can do with your help. Here's just one photo of the many we delivered.
So please do keep sharing and encouraging others to donate so we can keep our work going.
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This page was created on 20 Mar 2020 and closes on 20 Sep 2020.