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Asia Pacific Baptist Federation Covid-19 Appeal

Our friends at the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation are appealing for donors to contribute towards their Covid19 Health and Humanitarian Disaster Appeal for Asia Pacific. Donations can be made via NZBMS using the following information:

Account number: 02-0232-0150075-002
Reference: APBF appeal

APBF Covid-19 Appeal Letter

As we all are well aware, the current Coronavirus pandemic, is at a magnitude that none of us in living memory have experienced. It has brought the whole world literally to a grinding halt. It’s not just a health disaster but a humanitarian disaster of global proportions the world has never experienced. Health systems across the world are being overwhelmed. Economies are sliding towards depression. World Food Program, a United Nations Agency says an estimated 256 million people could die of hunger by the end of 2020. The pandemic has now reached some of the world’s most poverty-stricken and conflict-ravaged communities where healthcare systems is already fragile and weak. 

No more are the things we considered important and of value as critical as life and health and food and other basics. Not only has this pandemic been detrimental to health and loss of life, but also has resulted in significant hardship to livelihood globally. It has particularly impacted families that are self- employed and dependent on daily wages including Pastors who are bi-vocational in several parts of this Asia Pacific region especially in the underprivileged areas. The quarantine measures imposed as a response to pandemic are already posing a huge complex layer of impact; It is putting children at heightened risk of violence in the home and cutting them off from education, essential protection services and social networks. It is said that an estimated 740 million girls have been forced out of education due to the pandemic. UN agencies forecast that the profound economic impact will hit families, leading to an increase in sexual violence, teen pregnancy and child marriage, as well as trafficking and child labour.  

We have seen and heard of increasing domestic abuse as the pressure of containment in close quarters takes its toll on the emotional and psychological wellbeing of families and individuals. Globally it is said that this disaster will send more than 500 million people into poverty.  With the pandemic now spreading into some of the World’s poorest countries, it is feared that the gains of development and employment that was built up over decades will be retarded by at least 20 years! Asia Pacific has some of the most densely populated and poverty stricken countries. It is also the 10/40 window of disasters and any natural disaster that hits the region in the immediate future will plunge communities into further abject need. 
 
APBF therefore is launching an appeal to raise a sum of US$ 500,000. With which we envisage to support at least 15 or more partners in our region.  

Your donation to this appeal will support immediate and long-term relief and recovery in vulnerable communities during one of the most challenging times we have collectively faced. Therefore we are focusing our energy in providing basic support (food, cleaning and medical supplies) for the most vulnerable groups in these rural towns.  By providing basic support like funding for masks, gloves, hand-sanitizers, protein-rich food, livelihood support for families and small businesses, cash injections for self-help groups and medical support, you can help the poorest of the poor. Your support will reduce the disease's negative social impact on families, women and girls who are disproportionately affected by the crisis.

Your individual contribution of

$5 - Will provide two meals for a vulnerable family

$25 - Will provide masks for our partner’s service teams to protect themselves and the
communities

$50 - Will provide psycho-social activity packs for children in lockdown

$100 - Will support a family with enough food for a month in lockdown 

$250 - Will provide a hand washing station to a public location

$500 - Will provide a family with livelihood support to restart their lives

$750 - Will provide resources to carry out community awareness programmes for
protection

$1000 - Will provide a self-help group of 20 families with a cash injection to revive their
activities OR - Will provide medical needs to a medical care facility

$1500 - Will provide a small business entrepreneur with a recovery support grant for
his/her business
As people of God, followers of Jesus He cares about our attitudes towards the hungry, the
oppressed, the widows, the orphans and the strangers. Jesus reminds us in Matthew 25:35, "For
I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to
drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in." Deuteronomy 15:7 also reminds us, "If there is a
poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving
you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother."

Dear APBF family members, as this pandemic marks an unprecedented time in modern history
it also requires the best of us to overcome it. It also calls and demands our faithful Christian
response. With this challenge ahead of us the APBF is appealing today would you come and
minister together?

A global crisis requires a global response and with God’s help we can respond together. We are
stronger when we work together. Come, let us join hands and hearts today! Together We Are
Strong!