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Canadians understand growing need for international COVID relief

POSTED October 20, 2020

Canadians understand growing need for international COVID relief

A new Children Believe survey reveals most people are willing to support charities helping vulnerable communities around the world

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Canadians are willing to do their part to help those in need around the world during the pandemic, reports a survey commissioned by Angus Reid Forum on behalf of Children Believe.

“COVID-19 knows no borders and is wreaking havoc on the lives of children and youth in many of the communities we serve,” says Fred Witteveen, CEO at Children Believe. “Adults cannot work, children cannot go to school, and shortages of food and critical supplies are rampant. I am so grateful, that through the generosity of Canadians, Children Believe has helped 572,000 people thus far during COVID-19. Through prevention messaging and education, the provision of protection supplies and equipment, food rations and food packages given to those in greatest need, mental health supports and learning aids for children, we’ve helped children and families weather this global storm.”

More than 1,500 respondents to the Children Believe survey understand why the need is great.

  • 96 percent agree many people around the world are not as fortunate as us to have the infrastructure and support systems in place during a pandemic
  • Nine in 10 (91 percent) understand communities in vulnerable countries may not have the equipment or medical care to manage the impact of COVID-19
  • Two-thirds (66 percent) are proactively trying to educate themselves on how COVID-19 is impacting other countries

Learn more about the study below and visit to find out how you can help.

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