Sweet Success

Sweet Success

With schools around the world in Lockdown, we reached out and distributed food and sweet treats to orphans in Kinniya Village in Trincomale District, Eastern Province Sri Lanka.

Often Orphans and needy children survive on a meal a day. That meal is a very basic local porridge like staple food just so that they can survive. Lucky are those children who get access to education. Luckier are those who get access to education and food! Often children rely on the food at schools for nutritional intake, not knowing if or when they will be getting their next meal at home.

With schools being closed due to National Lockdowns worldwide, many children are struggling with hunger.

Please continue to support our schools child feeding program so that we can continue to feed the hungry children.

Extraordinary times require extraordinary people to step up: Working on the front line

Extraordinary times require extraordinary people to step up: Working on the front line

It was the end of 2019 when news first hit about a dangerous virus being spread across Wuhan in China. The City was shut down and the authorities did everything that they could to try and stop the spread. Alarm bells started ringing when cases were beginning to be detected around the world soon after. Nobody anticipated the devastation that was to come.

Fast forward a little over one year,  219 Countries and Territories around the world have reported a total of more than 92 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus COVID-19. With the death toll due surpassing 2 million, the pandemic has truly devastated lives and economies throughout the world. Yet behind the scenes, health workers have been working diligently on the frontlines since the very first cases appeared.

In moments of uncertainty about our health and our futures, we thank all those people who are working on the frontlines, witnessing the pandemic in real time and putting their lives at risk to save others.

In particular, and more than ever before, healthcare professionals are facing increasing rates of infection and endure back-to-back overtime shifts as they work to detect, treat, and prevent COVID-19 infections and illness, as well as managing other diseases and chronic conditions. Sacrifices do come at a cost, and as health workers sacrifice their time and efforts in looking after the public, they suffer from physical and mental exhaustion.

In unprecedented times like now we must absolutely commend the unselfish work and sacrifice of frontline health professionals.

Stringent health systems and the COVID-19 Vaccination

It’s no secret that diseases do not discriminate! COVID-19 has certainly not spared wealthy regions, with the United Kingdom, United States, Italy and Spain being some of the hardest hit countries. Resilient and adaptive health systems are essential to ensure that hospitals and clinics can function not only during normal times, but also in times of health crises. We often think that health systems strengthening applies to low- or middle-income settings, but mass cases in both Italy and the U.S. have demonstrated that unprepared health systems have led to a lack of personal protective equipment, delays in diagnostic testing, and overwhelmed hospitals.

Still there is new hope! COVID-19 vaccinations are being distributed in the millions and persistent social distancing partnered with a mass roll out of the vaccine will eventually take effect and bring back some sort of normality in the near future. Until then it is imperative that people listen to the advice provided by healthcare professionals.

Sacrifices made by healthcare professionals to help the communities

If we are to ever come out of this very tough period, Frontline health workers will have played a massive role in making that possible. Just as we are afraid of catching the virus, they too are just like us! They are afraid of getting infected, they are worried about the health of their loved ones and are uncertain of the long-lasting socioeconomic impacts of this pandemic. We are not out of the woods just yet! No doubt we will have to endure many more hard lessons along the way. If we want to look forward and rebuild our lives and our societies, we need to critically think about investing in resilient health systems and ensure that, should such an instance arise, that we are well prepared in the future. As individuals, we need to be aware of how public health threats affect our own health outcomes and our livelihoods.

Front line health staff, on a normal day, work hard to deliver quality healthcare. In these extraordinary times, they continue to dedicate themselves to treating diseases and alleviating suffering. Their contributions to you and our communities should not be ignored. Thank you to all of you who have kept us safe and to all those that continued to work through the pandemic to ensure that we have access to the services we need to survive.

Preparation underway for a second Winter Emergency Distribution for the Elderly and Homeless in the UK

Preparation underway for a second Winter Emergency Distribution for the Elderly and Homeless in the UK

The Elderly are being provided with essential hygiene kits to help support them during this difficult time due to the fast spreading COVID-19 virus.

The Homeless will be provided with survival kits to try and survive the harsh winter with temperatures dropping below freezing.

We are in talks with several partners and will be disclosing further details on the distribution soon!

Please continue to support One Love Worldwide so that we can get help to those who need it most.

The One Love Worldwide Mali team continues to provide quality Vocational Training to help empower women in Magnanbougou, Bamako, Mali

The One Love Worldwide Mali team continues to provide quality Vocational Training to help empower women in Magnanbougou, Bamako, Mali

The six month course is free and is designed to train groups of women to be able to complete an advanced training course in Tailoring. By the end of the course, the women will keep the machines they are using and are handed supplies to start a tailoring business. This will allow them to sew clothes for family and also provide a service for others providing them with a wonderful opportunity to earn a livelihood with dignity.

Please support our In Stitches campaign so that we can continue to empower people out of poverty for good.