As the effects of COVID-19 continue to evolve, our ONE team understands that this is a challenging and difficult time, and we are thinking of you all. This pandemic is affecting both our local neighborhoods and our global community in an unprecedented way.
As we adjust to this temporary reality, these unsettling times remind us why our mission is so important. As we’ve painfully seen with COVID-19, diseases don’t respect borders and the need for collective action on global health security has never been greater. We believe it’s more important than ever to stand together as a global community. International solidarity and unity are needed to win this fight.
As a movement dedicated to fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease, we are uniquely positioned to make an impact aginst COVID-19’s devastating effects around the world, thanks to incredible supporters like you. In the coming days and weeks, we will update you on ways you can use your voice — from home — to ensure that all of us around the world are safe and secure from this virus. As we continue to work toward our mission, we want you to know that we are here for as much or as little as you are able or want to engage with us.
Thank you for being a part of the ONE community. We’re all in this together.
Stories of hope from our community
We asked ONE’s global community for their stories of hope and solidarity. Here are two from our community.
As an urgent care physician, I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends and neighbors. One of them is a very talented seamstress and she has made dozens of very high quality masks for our clinic and our patients. In times of crisis, it is wonderful to see how many people reach out and serve.
— Jonathan Reitzenstein, doctor, US
Our church has stopped meeting publicly and has gone to all online ministry. What I am learning is that “social distancing” is not how we were created. We were created for social intimacy. So, I use my phone as an actual phone now, more than ever before, to call some of our shut-ins, elderly, and ill who might be feeling scared and anxious during these days. We need each other.
— Santosh Ninan, pastor, US
Do you have an uplifting story that you’d like to share? You can submit your story here.
Resources and recommended reading
Follow CDC guidance for the best information about COVID-19 in the United States. This extensive list of frequently asked questions is a good place to start. Also follow federal, state, and local guidance on steps you should be taking to minimize your risk of contracting COVID-19 and stop the spread.
You can also help stop the spread of bad information and rumors through FEMA’s Coronavirus Rumor Control page, and learn how to be alert to fraud and scams from people trying to take advantage of COVID-19.
Navigating talking about COVID-19 with children? Here is a great comic from ONE alumnus Malaka Gharib for a younger audience.
You can also catch up on our latest blog coverage: Here’s why we need a global response to this global pandemic — and how we can achieve that. Here are key facts to know, and what we can learn from the pandemic. We’ve also rounded up 5 major health organisations taking action globally against COVID-19. And learn how to act from home with essential resources for at-home activists.