An update on the conclusion of Nove Onlus’ activities aiding those who suffered the most serious consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thanks to the economic support of “Comitato Iniziative per la Città” (PIC), “MF Law Studio Legale Mannocchi&Fioretti”, we contributed to the distribution of sufficient food for one month to 132 families and 161 homeless people in Rome and Ladispoli. Nove Onlus worked in collaboration with the Committee of the Italian Red Cross and with the “Cooperativa L’Accoglienza”.
Together with the “Opera Caritas Diocesana” we distributed to 110 families in both the city of Salerno and Roccapiemonte food stocks. We bought the food from small local producers of Coldiretti (the largest agricultural organization in Italy) and “Cooperativa Sociale Esperanto”, which cultivates land seized by the mafia.
In Afghanistan, the consequences of the lockdown were, and still are, very serious, especially for daily workers. Many are obliged to leave their homes to earn enough money to feed the family. Hunger scares the people even more than the virus itself.
During April and May, Nove Onlus managed to distribute some hygiene kits and emergency packages – reaching out to more than 1800 people (the average Afghan family has seven members) to 250 destitute families. The parcels contained 85 kg of basic foodstuffs. The distributions were financially supported by the “Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation”, “LG Investimenti” and other generous supporters. Our organization also handed out hygiene kits and “emergency vouchers” to the value of $94 each, to 187 families with physically disabled members (more than 1300 people).
It is worth nothing that Nove Onlus’ operative office in Kabul received urgent requests from vulnerable women, mainly widows and heads of the household. At the end of June, the financial contribution of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) has enabled us to prepare for another distribution of hygiene kits and basic provisions. 240 families (more than 1700 people) have received basic hygienic and food to last for approximately one month.
In conclusion, a total of 677 families have been supported by Nove Onlus during the Covid-19 emergency in Kabul, more than 4800 people.
During the distributions, an Afghan physician, selected by Nove Onlus, taught basic hygiene rules to the beneficiaries in order to spread awareness on the virus and to enable them to protect themselves and others more effectively.