AMF understand that during the current crisis those with the least to lose will be the most significantly affected. For this reason we are working with new and existing partners to help mitigate the risk- be it health, hunger or education- to the children we serve.

We are pleased to announce that the first of our CV-19 Emergency Response Projects is now underway. Working in Lebanon and partnering with Rahma for Special Needs and International Medical Corps (IMC), we are funding emergency food parcels and educational kits for 550 families, each of which has at least one child with a disability enrolled in the Rahma educational programme. Following the temporary forced closure of the Rahma centre, AMF was keen to find a way to support families who were already living in extremely strained conditions, many in informal tented settlements with limited access to food and sanitary supplies. Each family will receive World Food Programme-recommended essential groceries with specific products added with the particular needs of disabled children in mind. Additionally, educational kits will provide a welcome distraction for children and parents and, hopefully, a nice surprise in these confusing and trying times. In the same delivery, IMC will provide essential sanitary supplies to enable families to protect themselves and help to stop the spread of the virus.

AMF previously worked with Rahma for Special Needs on a pioneering education project from September 2019 to February 2020 which aimed to address the issue of better integration into mainstream schooling for children with disabilities through education for pupils and teachers. They have repeatedly proven themselves to be an outstanding partner, and we very much look forward to another worthwhile and effective joint project.