COVID-19 Emergency Response
When disaster strikes, the most vulnerable among us are hit the hardest. Glasswing International understands this deeply. That is why, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to providing the communities we serve with essential crisis support, as well as medium to long-term services to mitigate the physical, mental, and economic impacts of this virus.
As a trusted presence in some of the most marginalized communities in NYC and throughout Central America, Glasswing is uniquely positioned to respond – quickly and effectively – to this global emergency.
Through our network of partners – local and multinational companies, foundations, NGOs, hospitals and clinics, ministries of education and health, and community leaders – Glasswing has been able to mobilize resources to provide humanitarian relief that addresses the physical and socioemotional needs of vulnerable populations.
Our plan is developing by the day, and includes the following:
- Transferring our methodologies to virtual platforms, and providing a range of online educational and support services for our beneficiaries around the world
- Providing response services through our healthcare workers on-the-ground.
- Raising awareness about best practices and support services for our healthcare workers, local leaders, and community members
- Procuring and donating: cleaning supplies to health facilities and institutions serving those most at-risk; protective equipment for healthcare workers; respiratory equipment and supplies to hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, personal hygiene kits and cleaning supplies to decrease potential health risks, non-perishable food items to reduce food insecurity, and guides and materials to promote positive mental health, and supplies to hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes
In this time of immense stress and uncertainty, we continue to work around the clock to support our communities.
In New York City, we are witnessing firsthand how the health, economic, and social impacts of this pandemic will profoundly shape the lives and educational experiences of migrant communities, especially our children, for long after the public health crisis fades. With the education gap widening every day, our work in underserved populations continues to focus on these inequities. Our efforts to serve them include:
- Utilizing virtual platforms for our after-school programming as we continue to provide our students with educational and enrichment activities in New York City
- Integrating mindfulness and self-care practices in our English-literacy programs and parent/caregiver restorative circles
- Leveraging donated resources (tablets, laptops and wifi enabled devices) with schools to ensure that all students have access to remote learning and stay on track
- Providing virtual professional development sessions, including topics such as: Psychological First Aid, Self-Care and Mindfulness and Restorative Justice to school personnel and teachers
Throughout Central America, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, the pandemic is adding immense strain on already weak public health infrastructure. The quarantine and suspension of non-essential economic activity has compounded the hardship millions are facing, as many rely on the informal economy to generate a basic subsistence income. As a result, we are:
- Providing academic support and tutoring to students in our Community Schools through online platforms developed by the ministries of education and complemented by other educational tools such as EDMODO (El Salvador) and UNESCO (Guatemala)
- Mobilizing local staff and volunteers to help with educational support and tutoring while kids are being homeschooled
- Hosting virtual workshops on topics including: mindfulness and mental health techniques to foster emotional wellbeing, collective learning for volunteer educators, and leadership skills for school administrators
- Raising funds to procure and donate: cleaning supplies to health facilities and institutions serving those most at-risk; protective equipment for healthcare workers; respiratory equipment and supplies to hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes
- Providing psychological support to health services providers on the frontlines and people in isolation, including those in quarantine