COVID-19 Emergency Grant Updates

Friday, May 1, 2020

Our donors are making it possible for us to continue responding immediately to some of our Local Heroes’ most pressing needs during the COVID-19 crisis.

To date, we have provided over $147,000 in Emergency Grants to our partners on the frontlines of the pandemic from Watts to Johannesburg to Mumbai, all thanks to you, the GO Campaign community.

Together we’re doing our part to ensure the health and safety of thousands of children around the world. We owe it all to you, and our work is not done.

May 22, 2020


  • A grant to Dharavi Diary in India is providing 300 of the most vulnerable families in the Dharavi slums with one month of groceries.

  • A grant to Future Ties in Chicago, IL is providing teens on the city’s Southside with tablets and access to Google Classrooms, so they can take part in Future Ties’ mentorship and workforce development summer program (also made possible by a GO earlier this year!). Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the program will need to be fully virtual for the first time, and until now, many of the program participants didn’t have access to an electronic device nor internet in their homes.
  • A grant to Girl Forward is helping provide Chromebooks and other digital tools to refugee girls in Austin, TX and Chicago, IL who are preparing for their very first virtual summer camp, where they will be focusing on English language learning, reading, and spending time with their community of fellow refugee youth.

May 4, 2020


  • A grant to Red Brigade in Lucknow, India funded 5,400 cooked meals and family food packets for 980 families. GO Campaign is funding an additional 1,500 family grocery packages to help feed families for 2 more weeks. Each family grocery package contains flour, rice, beans, cooking oil, salt, spices, soap, and washing detergent.

May 1, 2020


  • A grant to Watts Community Core (WCC) will continue to support their food program for for residents of Nickerson Gardens for another month, providing 190 children and their families with necessary groceries. In addition, 100 families in desperate needs of basic household items will receive a 2 week supply of wipes, detergent, soap, etc.

April 30, 2020


  • Thanks to a generous donation from Bella + Canvas, 46,000 face masks have been distributed to our partners around the world.
  • A grant to Bubble & Squeak in the United Kingdom will enable them to make weekly food deliveries to 125 vulnerable families and ensure the safety of the children they serve.

April 28, 2020


  • A grant to Burgess Sports to support youth in Southwark, United Kingdom with a food distribution program that currently provides 200 families in the community with food and supplies weekly. The program will also support the continuation of online leadership activities to engage youth and ensure they stay active despite being confined to their homes.
  • A grant to Los Patojos to support children and families of day laborers who have lost their income due to lockdown in Guatemala. 75 families will now have food packages (aka “Worthy Packages”) which contain enough food to last for 2 weeks.
  • A grant to First Eye Limited in Tanzania to provide face masks and sanitizer to 500 children and food for 100 children. In addition, they will conduct programs over the radio to educate children and the community members that have to continue their daily activities to survive.
  • A grant to Maison de la Gare in Senegal to enable Local Hero Issa Kouyaté to continue to feed thousands of street children while they are being held for two weeks in quarantine and cannot beg for food.

April 20, 2020


  • A grant to Minority Humanitarian Foundation to support children and families of migrant workers in San Diego who that are out of work and ineligible for unemployment assistance or federal relief due to their immigration status. Families will receive a cash grant ranging from $250-$500 to help pay for basic needs such as rent, food, clothing, medicine, etc.

April 17, 2020


  • A grant to Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI) in New York City to provide 160 youth with groceries, disinfectant supplies and protective equipment, urgent transportation to a safe place for youth who are experiencing a traumatic home environment, and wellness visits with a licensed counselor to students most in need

April 16, 2020


  • A grant to Future Ties on the Southside of Chicago to provide masks and gloves to staff and volunteers as they serve three meals a day to hundreds of families and care packages with masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant supplies, and educational supplies and games for home-learning
  • A grant to Transforming Communities for Social Change in Kenya to provide 600 masks to children and their families (being caught without a mask in Kenya is now punishable by fine or 6 months jail time)

April 9, 2020


  • A grant to Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) in Kenya to support 155 girls at with a 4-week supply of hand sanitizer and disposable face masks (due to limited access to water, they cannot clean reusable cloth masks)

April 3, 2020


  • A grant to Maison de la Gare to feed thousands of homeless street children in Senegal who are suffering, as the restaurants and bakeries who use to offer the children food have closed
  • A grant to a remote leper colony in Tanzania (where there is no running water) with hand soap, wipes, masks, disinfectant and medicine, so families are now ready and can stay safe and healthy should coronavirus spread to their community

April 2, 2020


  • A grant to provide 120 families in the Dharavi Slums of India with 2 weeks’ worth of groceries to get them through the end of the current lockdown, as day laborers are no longer earning the income that they need to survive day to day
  • A grant to Freedom 4 Youth in Santa Barbara, CA pay rent and utilities for one year, so that the F4Y Resource Center can now continue to offer services, resources and love to the youth who need it during this time

April 1, 2020


  • A grant to Red Brigade to provide daily meals and groceries for 6,000 children and their families in Lucknow, India
  • A grant to Time for Change to keep the pantry of their orphanage stocked during the duration of the lockdown, ensuring children will continue to receive three healthy meals per day
  • A matching grant to give $100 to 100 girls from Studio Samuel’s micro-loan program to purchase food, medicine, rent and supplies for their families after losing income due to lockdowns in Ethiopia.
  • A grant to Loving Hands to provide and deliver care packages containing household items, first aid supplies, and school supplies to children and their families in South Central, Los Angeles
  • A grant to CleanSlate to enable them to remain in operation, providing mental health services to former gang members and children impacted by trauma and violence in South Los Angeles, as their income generating tattoo removal clinic is currently closed.

March 26, 2020


  • A grant to Watts Community Core to provide daily meals and groceries to hundreds children and families in Watts, where 85% of the population now finds themselves out of work.

History has shown that the most effective way to fight poverty and make a difference in the lives of children is through small grants to grassroots organizations

-that’s what GO Campaign does best.

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