Like many organisations, we have been busy working out how to respond to the COVID-19 Coronavirus and its impact on those who are scheduled to travel with us over the next few months. However, the difficulties we face pale into insignificance compared to the situations our partners are dealing with.
As you may have seen, the Coronavirus has already led to Bethlehem being placed in quarantine for 30 days, and to the closure of large parts of the West Bank.
Much of Bethlehem’s economy depends on tourism and the impact will be acute. We can only imagine the impact that the virus will have if it enters Gaza.
Similarly, we are aware of the impact upon our partners in Nicaragua. Since the unrest in 2018, they have had a very difficult two years with tourist groups from the USA cancelling their trips.
We are therefore launching our Coronavirus appeal to bring immediate and practical relief to those affected by the virus. We will work with our partners on the ground to allocate funds where they’re most needed.
We will post regular updates on how funds are being used.
Finally, our thoughts are with all those who are suffering acutely from this disease and those who are mourning lost loved ones.