Covid-19 has brought logistical challenges to our international shipments. With the help of our financial supporters, volunteers and goods donors, though, we’ve still been active in sending shipments of goods around the world through this difficult period.

In fact, many of our partners have said it’s been more valuable than ever to have Crossroads’ support this year. They’re see their communities struggle to keep their communities safe without proper resources, and people growing poorer from the economic fallout of the pandemic.

This year we’ve sent shipments to nations including Moldova, Cameroon, Syria, Liberia, Thailand, Sierra Leone, Benin, Ukraine and Malawi, and more. Read below for just a sample of the impact that goods sent in 2020 are already making!

Sierra Leone: Latex gloves from Crossroads’ shipment are helping in our partners’ Covid-19 prevention work, as they join the fight to keep their local communities safe.

Ukraine: Health clinics in a remote rural region received computers to modernise their patient management systems, as well as other goods to equip their facilities. Many clinics in this region are seriously under-resourced, making it difficult to adequately care for patients.

Guinea: Educational supplies from Crossroads are equipping literacy centres, where our partners train ‘peer educators’ to become literacy teachers in their own communities.

Thailand: Computers have helped set up an IT room for refugee children on the Thai-Burma border, where our partners are giving vulnerable children a quality education.

You can follow our ongoing schedule of international shipments at this link.

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We’re seeking sponsors for a number of international shipments. Every $100 you donate can ship $900 worth of quality goods to communities in need! Visit this page to donate, or email enquiries@crossroads.org.hk to hear more about shipments that need sponsors.

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“We have to laugh,” said a slum dweller whose face could not have been more serious, “when people tell us that family members with Covid should be isolated in their rooms. When you live in a slum, you all live in one room. It’s nonsensical for our situation.” Tragic and bitter humour, his words were haunting.

Growing up in the slums around Antipolo, Philippines, life is about crowded living quarters, with families squeezed into one-room homes where all home activities take place. Diseases spread quickly, and family tensions are hard to escape. For children from these families, a high-quality education can be the key to breaking the poverty cycle.

We’ve shipped several times to partners in Antipolo whose schools goes beyond the ABC’s. It comes to the whole family, with parent seminars on nutrition, parenting and life skills, and all children are taught that they’re valuable and worthy of a thriving future.

When Covid-19 hit, all schools had to close. For children in slum homes, without computers or even internet access, online learning is impossible. Our partners didn’t want to stop the children’s education, though, so they needed a plan. We, happily, could be part of it!

Wonderfully, we had been donated monitors by Bank of America in Hong Kong, and desktops by DHL. They were included in a shipment we sent late last year, and these very computers are now being used to produce video materials and lessons for children from the slums to study from home.

“All our teachers now have a desktop in their classrooms and staff are provided computers at home so communication is easier,” our partners told us.

The staff prepared packs for families to collect: worksheets, stationery, schoolwork, and a tablet for each child, loaded with videos and materials created on the teachers’ donated computers. “Since the poor families can’t afford internet, we load it onto a microSD that we provided and they watch it on a tablet we provided,” they told us.

In the past, we’ve loved helping these partners with such goods as school furniture, educational toys and aid for displaced people after the Taal Volcano erupted. Now, with Covid wreaking its havoc, we are thrilled that these computers are now being used by these creative, dedicated teachers to invest in the lives of children in need.

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In the isolated region of far western Cameroon, village women could see that their children were getting sick too often. They would break bones easily, had discoloured teeth, and the distended round bellies that indicated malnutrition. “Almost everyone in the village was malnourished,” said a visitor conducting assessments. It wasn’t until an NGO began to run education programmes in their district, especially for mothers and grandmothers in the community, that the women realised the diet they were feeding their families – almost completely consisting of carbohydrates – could be making them sick.

Women cooking class“It was not that they did not have the food needed for a healthy diet,” one NGO staff member told us, “but that they did not know how to go about it.” After running seminars on food and nutrition (left), they saw the women eagerly learn what kinds of proteins and vegetables would give their children a balanced, healthy diet. Now, families in these Cameroonian villages grow beans and smoke fish to eat with their plantains and grind peanuts into paste for a nutritious, protein rich food, even growing enough to sell at market. It’s basic knowledge that has revolutionised the health of the community, meaning less sickness, fewer children dying early, and women better empowered to take care of their families.

These nutritional seminars, which have reached more than 800 families, and counting, are just one of the transformative programmes run by the NGO. They teach communities to keep bees for honey, they help with the basic needs of orphans and vulnerable children, and they give regular radio broadcasts educating people about HIV/Aids, and more.

They have now asked Crossroads for a shipment that will help them reach out to more people in western Cameroon. “Our offices are inadequately equipped,” they write. They need office furniture and computers, school furniture and clothes to help community children, and other goods. “98% of this area is cut off from anywhere else,” they told us. There is no road at all leading to much of the region.

We’re excited to be bringing this shipment together to support their work in isolated communities that is, literally, transforming and saving lives.

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Cameroon Snapshot

Population: 22.25 million

Capital: Yaoundé

Cameroon is in the west Central Africa region, with natural features including beaches, deserts, mountains, rainforests, and savannas.

Although the country as a whole has improved standards of literacy and healthcare, there is still a long way to go. Less than half of children go on to secondary education, and over 40% are involved in some kind of child labour. In rural areas, less than half the population has access to clean water and sanitation.

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