Read our 2021 annual report
During one of the most difficult years the world has ever faced, Concern supporters showed their compassion and solidarity more than ever.
The year 2020 brought unprecedent challenges as crisis after crisis shook the world. A tragic blast in the heart of Beirut shattered the homes and lives of over 300,000 families, while the conflict in Syria entered its eleventh violent year.
Meanwhile, climate change worsened the effects of natural disasters on many of the countries Concern works in, decimating livelihoods and hitting those who have done least to cause it hardest.
COVID-19 and the world's most vulnerable
Last year also brought with it the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19, which has transformed how we all live our lives.
The pandemic has devastated vulnerable communities around the world, making already difficult living conditions even worse for millions of people.
However, with your support over the past 12 months, our teams have worked to help empower individuals in these communities to tackle the obstacles posed by COVID-19 head on.
Empowering Malawi to combat COVID-19
The pandemic has had a devastating effect on the world’s poorest countries, which were already struggling with the impacts of malnutrition, conflict and climate change.
One such country is Malawi, where more than half the population live below the poverty line. Around one million people in the southeastern African nation are living with HIV, which increases their vulnerability to illness.
However, your support has made a positive impact, helping us to respond proactively to the crisis from day one.
The team has been on the ground providing hygiene supplies like soap and detergent for families living in extreme poverty, as well as PPE for our volunteers so they could keep working in their local communities.
This, along with the installation of handwashing stations, has been vital to saving lives by stopping the spread of COVID-19.
From education to vaccination
As the situation has evolved, so too has the team’s response with a shift in focus towards vaccine rollout.
The team is carrying out vital work to raise awareness about the importance of vaccination to the public, while also briefing healthcare workers on how to administer the vaccines.
Between our hygiene work, raising COVID-19 awareness and our current focus on vaccination, we are ensuring that no one gets left behind as the world recovers from the pandemic.
Thank you for your support
While it has been a year of huge loss as the pandemic kept so many of us apart from our loved ones, 2020 also reinforced the importance of community and togetherness.
We are so thankful to supporters like you for showing this sense of unity and solidarity more than ever. You are the reason our work can happen.
Thank you, as always, for helping to make the world a better place for everyone.
Other ways your generosity is helping
Read our latest newsletter below to find out more about the life-changing impact your kindness and compassion had in 2020.
Our impact in 2021
people reached through our emergency response
people reached through our health interventions
people reached through our livelihoods programmes