From Ecuador to Rwanda, hundreds of AVSI staff are engaged in accompanying people deeply affected by the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
But who are they? What do they fear? How does it feel to put a mask on and start a new work day on the field during a crisis?
BEHIND THE MASK
Meet the protagonists of AVSI projects on the frontline fighting against COVID-19
UGANDA / William Lenga is a boda-boda rider involved in a UNICEF-project to guarantee that 1,464 pregnant women can safely reach a hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown >
RWANDA / Agnes Mukantibenda is a community volunteer engaged in a new project funded by the European Union to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on 2,000 vulnerable people >
MEXICO / Paula Vásquez is the kitchen manager of the educational center Crecemos. She delivers meals to 150 children and their families supported by AVSI >
IRAQ / Jolar Jarjess is the primary veterinarian of the project funded by the U.S State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to assist farmers to relaunch their activities in the Nineveh plains after the Islamic State invasion >
ECUADOR / Ernesto Luque is a social worker delivering food rations and basic kits of protection and personal hygiene to Venezuelan refugees involved in the project “ACTIVADOS” funded by UNHCR >
We started a journey together, I could not leave the Congolese families in the Kamwenge refugee camp when they need me the most
Jackson Ninkusima, AVSI Community based trainer working with Graduating to Resilience Activity funded by USAID