In the last edition of SIMNOW, there was an appeal for funds to assist a number of SIM health institutions in the developing world. These institutions were in need [and in some cases still urgently need] COVID-19 resources. YOU RESPONDED!
From the emergency project account, funds have been disbursed to the following Health Centres:
- Angola - CEML Hospital $5,000
- Congo - Rwankole Hospital $15,000
- Liberia - ELWA Hospital $5,000
- Malawi - Partners in Hope Hospital $5,000
- South Sudan - Doro Clinic $10,000
- Zambia - Mukinge Hospital $5,000
Funds provided for basic protective needs like:
- Surgical masks and shields
- Plastic aprons
- Sharp boxes
- Surgical gloves
- PVC gloves
- Hand sanitizer
- Infrared thermometers
- Intravenous fluid
- Methylated Spirits
As further funds come in, additional disbursements are planned dependent on the needs at the time. A number of Hospitals have indicated that aside from protective equipment they simply need operating funds to pay staff, and provide food for patients.
Give to the emergency fund - www.sim.ca/emergency
YES, despite COVID we’re still sending!
In the midst of the ‘first wave’ of COVID-19, many questions arose. Three questions were at the forefront. How do we maintain the safety of SIM workers around the world? Would SIM still be able to send workers overseas or even in Canada? Would recruitment numbers suffer due to COVID-19?
We are pleased to report that YES, all SIM workers are safe. Some have remained on the fields, some have returned. ALL remain actively involved in ministry, albeit most often online rather than in-person.
And YES, SIM is still sending workers to the field. Others are just waiting for visas or the last of their financial support to come in. God is good.
And YES, inquiries were initially down in the first few months of COVID-19, likely due to the uncertainty of the situation facing us all but these have steadily increased since.
As with most organizations, SIM has embraced online communication tools to remain in contact with inquirers and workers alike. Much of pre-field training is also being done online.
While there is no substitute for face-to-face meetings, webinars or ‘SIMinars’ as we refer to them, have become an important means of staying in touch as well as challenging people to serve in missions.