HopeNow’s daily work is with marginalised groups of people at risk from multiple factors, who now also face grave risks to their health. As the virus grows exponentially around the world, we are entering what may be one of the gravest public health challenges we’ve yet faced in my lifetime, and I grew up in the age of AIDS prior to retro-viral drugs.
For the past 15 years we have worked to combat Human Trafficking and in our daily work are faced by clients whose physical and mental health have been negatively impacted by being exploited, abused and/or trafficked.
HopeNow is now swiftly adapting to the demands of the day — upping our hand washing game, taking care not to touch our faces, and learning the incredible importance of “social distancing”.
However, we continue to provide counselling using WhatsApp, and mobile calls and in certain selected cases meeting with our clients. Our volunteers are still meeting up in groups of 2 to 3 in order to administrate our grassroots NGO. We are following what the public health authorities tell us to do, but we will not sit out this pandemic. We are painfully aware that disenfranchised communities globally and in Denmark will bear the brunt of the impact on everything from economic and food security to increased xenophobia.
It is incumbent on all of us to rise above the anxieties of the hour and find ways to continue our work.