The impact of COVID-19 on the NGOs assisting the most vulnerable communities and at-risk individuals is devastating – reduction in activities, cash-flow problems, difficulty in maintaining employees, and even the risk of closure. All of this is in addition to the new vital needs of some of the poorest and most vulnerable beneficiaries.

In 2020, at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation set up a collaboration of 16 donors to help NGOs previously supported through the Foundation’s thematic funds navigate through the challenges of the crisis. Seven foundations, five private philanthropists and four nominative funds hosted by Swiss Philanthropy Foundation collaborated to respond quickly and effectively to the critical needs of these field partners in developing countries. Thanks to these generous contributions the Fund received USD 665,498.

Shining Hope became one of the donors, who supported field NGOs and local communities throughout the world. The Fund helped to enable the NGOs to keep essential members of their teams, provide rapid assistance to their most vulnerable beneficiaries, set up coronavirus prevention campaigns, and provide protective equipment for the field teams. The total number of beneficiaries reached was 46,721 people – 46,503 beneficiaries and 218 employees of 20 NGOs based in Brazil, Colombia, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Cambodia, India, Laos, Philippines, Vietnam, and Lebanon.

Additionally, Shining Hope and CamerLux Luxembourg financed supplying field refrigerators to Covid-19 hospitals in African countries affected by this health crisis.


We thank Swiss Philanthropy Foundation for supporting its longstanding NGO partners, strongly impacted by the pandemic, ensuring the continuity of their actions, and setting up an appropriate collaborative response in the shortest possible time.


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