Before March 2020, the idea of a novel virus ravaging livelihoods, deepening poverty, destabilising families and leading to more than 5 million fatalities worldwide, was beyond comprehension. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.
99% of children worldwide were affected by lockdown restrictions.
As the virus spread across borders, millions of children were soon robbed of their education, safety and health. As well as their childhoods.
There was no time to lose.
In May 2020, we launched Protect a Generation, our global response to the COVID-19 crisis, to act quickly to prevent, mitigate and respond to the devastating impact of the pandemic.
Our Appeal has powered possible for children in 89 countries affected by the virus.