A year ago, COVID-19 struck Italy: it’s time to build hope

Date 20.02.2021

Meet the protagonists of our project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to mitigate the health and the socio-economic impact of the pandemic in Lombardy, one of the region most affected in Italy.

Alberto recovered from COVID-19, but his muscles had atrophied. He needed a long-term treatment and rehabilitation plan. For the last six months, Alberto has been treated remotely by a group of physiotherapists thanks to one of the 12 telemedicine kits AVSI donated to Sacco Hospital in Milan.

Letizia used to share a device with her three brothers to attend online classes. After receiving one of the 150 tablets we delivered to the Portofranco Association of Milan, she was able to manage her study time better.

Gayan used to work in an Italian restaurant, but the COVID-19 outbreak affected his job greatly: even feeding his family became hard. He is one of the 12,000 people who received AVSI's food package. The kit helped him, not only economically: every time he would pick up his package, Gayan would also hear words of encouragement and hope.

About Building Hope

The project’s contributes to mitigate the health and the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 through a multi-sector initiative that reaches the most at-risk and marginalized individuals and families in the area of Milan. Find out more >

About the video

by Alessandro Grassani for AVSI: Alessandro Grassani is a documentary photographer and videomaker. His work has been published in international titles such as The New York Times and National Geographic.