Covid-19 : Solidarity and collaborative housing

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Local communities and our partners on the ground are getting organized in the face of the health crisis and the emergency measures decreed by States.

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, urbaMonde continues to mobilize and support its partners, in compliance with governmental public health measures..

Solidarity and international cooperation play a more central role than ever in collectively addressing this global health crisis, with impacts particularly severe for low-income populations, especially in the Global South where they are often dependent on informal economic activities and live in precarious conditions that make it difficult to apply lockdown and hygiene measures.

Solidarity and international cooperation play a more central role than ever in collectively addressing this global health crisis, with impacts particularly severe for low-income populations, especially in the Global South where they are often dependent on informal economic activities and live in precarious conditions that make it difficult to apply lockdown and hygiene measures.

Local communities and our partners on the ground are getting organized in the face of the health crisis and the emergency measures decreed by States.

Senegal

In a context of socio-economic vulnerability, urbaSEN and the FSH are joining forces to implement measures to prevent and mitigate the impacts of the health crisis in the precarious neighbourhoods of the Dakar suburbs and in the regions of Thiès and Louga: the FSH is raising the awareness of its members through videos and voice messages on several measures of preventive care.

The FSH also conducts household surveys to assess the impact of the health crisis and identify the needs of its members, most of whom work in the informal sector. UrbaSEN and the FSH are distributing hygiene kits to their members and in town halls to supply under-equipped health posts and are launching a food support fund for the most vulnerable families.

SDI Africa

The SDI Network is mobilized to collect stories,solidarity actions and data by residents of precarious neighbourhoods in about twenty African countries. Often without access to drinking water and sanitation and working in the informal sector, living on daily incomes, urban slum dwellers are exposed to both health and economic crises. Solidarity and mutual aid, strengthened by federations of the urban poor, are important levers for building greater resilience in the face of these crises which, as everywhere, affect the most vulnerable populations.

Uruguay

Mutual aid housing cooperatives in Uruguay are organizing themselves to help the most vulnerable inhabitants in the face of the crisis, in particular by organizing soup kitchens and baskets containing basic necessities.

One of the responses of the popular sectors in Uruguay to crises has always been to ensure food security for the most vulnerable families through the self-organization of neighbours, who prepare large quantities of meals to meet the needs of many families. Faced with unemployment and the economic slowdown due to the current health crisis, many soup kitchens have sprung up spontaneously, most of them on the initiative of housing cooperatives affiliated to FUCVAM.

Nicaragua

To date, according to official government data, the COVID-19 pandemic has not had a great impact in Nicaragua: a dozen "imported" cases have been declared by health authorities, of which one has died. No cases of "community" local transmission have been reported yet. In this sense and for the moment, the measures taken by the government are limited to the promotion of hygiene habits, the sanitary control of people who enter from abroad and the recommendation of taking extreme care of the most vulnerable older adults.

However, many people and organizations are taking the lead, with measures to limit meetings and travels, and even self-isolation, as a prevention.

Our local allies are working under this same logic, under which the activities continue (preparation of technical aspects of projects, production of pedagogical material, etc.). Meetings and travels have been limited. The training workshops and public events will probably be resumed in the second semester of 2020.

Asia

Community networks in Thailand and Indonesia, members of our partner ACHR, are activating their solidarity mechanisms at neighbourhood and city levels to help the most vulnerable families facing the health crisis.

Thailand, Nakhon Sawan

The Nakhon Sawan Community Network brings together all the communities living in (former) informal settlements (now Baan Mankong projects) in this Thai city. Long ago, they created a self-managed citywide community fund from their savings and a ‘welfare committee’. Each family has been saving 30 baht/month (less than 1 USD). Guess what they’re doing right now to help the 2,000+ families in their city who need it the most?

Indonesia

Arkomjogja, a young Indonesian association specializing in community architecture, has launched a fundraising campaign to help people whose income depends on informal activities and who are most hit by lockdown measures.

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