Original Post – March 2020
Get HOPE Global’s work continues. We rely on God’s direction and wisdom as we navigate new territory during this global pandemic. Our mission to transform the lives of at-risk women through redemptive, faith-based business training and support guides our decisions.
Our hearts are heavy as we recognize the impact of COVID-19 on the world’s poor. Many of our HOPE women have to choose between being safe and working for their daily food. Most have no access to clean hospitals, masks, gloves, sanitizer, or even soap and clean water. Social distancing in the slums and in the marketplace is impossible.
We have provided some emergency relief in the form of cash gifts for the most desperate needs of our HOPE women. Our local leaders are empowered to disperse these love gifts as they deem appropriate. They have expressed their gratitude:
“I appreciate what GHG is doing for these women and me… We feel loved. I believe women will cry when they hear this good news. May God remember you all.” (Tanzania)
“We are ever grateful to Get Hope for this love gift in the midst of the pandemic… Abide in His protective wings in these abnormal times.” (Ghana)
Many businesses have closed and the marketplace is not conducive to launching new businesses right now. We are working to stay connected with local leadership and proceed according to their on-the-ground insight. Based on this collaboration, we have…
- Sent emergency relief funds and requested details on their use
- Delayed our microloan programs in Tanzania
- Adjusted loan repayment schedules in Ghana
- Postponed the start of new training groups and loans in Cambodia
Prayer is our weapon against doubt, fear, and uncertainty. Please join us as we pray for our local leaders and women. Pray that God would give us wisdom as we seek to be good stewards of the resources that He has given us and pray for hope to remain strong, even in this unusual and challenging season.
“Am so humbled to hear someone is praying for us. It has been a season of panic, fear and anxiety but we bless the Lord for strengthening our faith.” (Kenya)