The Advocacy Project responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 by investing $25,659 in eight local initiatives in Mali, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, Nepal and Palestine. These are described below. All were run by local leaders who were well known to us from past work or through our partners. In launching these start-ups, our first aim was to address the economic emergency and ease some of the financial pressure on partners who were vulnerable even before the pandemic. We also favored start-ups that offered an innovative response to the crisis and could be sustained after the pandemic receded and even evolve into small businesses.
The projects are described below as they evolved in 2020. The funds came partly from our core program and partly from 183 individual donations, mainly through GlobalGiving. Visit our 2020 Annual Report for more details. Based on feedback from partners, we estimate that approximately 8,000 individuals benefited from these projects. Thousands more were served by the clinics and NGOs that have received masks, soap and food through these projects.