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COVID-19 and its Impact on Our Work

By Heifer International

March 13, 2020

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COVID-19 has currently been identified in 13 of the 21 countries where Heifer works. Image credit: U.S. Department of State

In This Article

  • At time of publication, Heifer is working in 13 countries where COVID-19 is present
  • The pandemic has had little impact on our ability to carry out our work
  • We have instructed country teams to discuss the potential impact of the disease with project communities and to report any changes in operations
  • We will continue to work diligently to not let families slip backward

Since it started to affect the lives of people across the world, we have been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. 

As of this moment, Heifer is working in 13 countries dealing with the virus: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India and Nepal in Asia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Senegal in Africa, and Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the United States in the Americas. 

Dos Sok, 45, with her nieces Soriya Nang, 4 (right), her sister Nang Seima, 6, in their school uniforms.
Dos Sok sits with her nieces Soriya Nang, 4 (right), and Nang Seima, 6, in Cambodia.

Despite quarantines, travel bans, and other measures taken to stop the spread of the virus, the impact on our work has been minimal. We have instructed our country teams to work with project families and their communities to share information and manage the potential impacts of the virus. As the situation develops, we will work diligently to ensure the families we work with can continue to end hunger and poverty in their communities.

We know this is a rapidly changing situation. Each country team is implementing response plans or putting those plans in place as the need arises.

We remain committed to the safety and well-being of our staff and project participants during this difficult time.

We also pledge to keep our supporters informed moving forward. Though we do not know what the coming hours, days and weeks may bring, we do know your support allows us to continue our work.  

Thank you for ensuring we are able to feed more, empower more and do more for people around the world.