Dear friends of Impact Nations Australia.
I am writing on behalf of the Board of Impact Nations Australia to give you an update on what has been happening during this difficult time.
You may not be aware, but a team came back from the Philippines just in time to go into ‘lockdown’ in Australia, which was truly a blessing as everyone at that time didn’t really know what or how Covid-19 was going to affect the world.
As things developed it became very evident that we were in a situation that saw countries with a solid financial base able to sort of stumble through, this was not the case for all our support bases though-out the developing world.
After consulting with Impact Nations International, it was decided that INA would focus their support on the Philippines and India, and INI would provide support to our other bases, and we set about developing a strategy where we were able to provide some support.
Over the last five months we, but I really mean ‘you guys’ through your very generous donations, have been able to provide food distribution amounting to $41,000, which has truly been amazing.
This support in the Philippines has been two-fold, as the island of Eastern Samar was smashed by a typhoon in April, so we have been able to provide both food packages and water filters in these areas. We have just completed another distribution of 200 filters that would provide some 4000 people with clean water.
Now you will be thinking, how can this happen as we are not over there doing ‘the stuff’, well, we have the most amazing people on the ground who have ‘stepped up’ and have taken on these works with the upmost degree of professionalism, respect and with caring hearts.
These guys travel over long distances in adverse weather to get the food and filter distribution out to the most needy and the feedback has been very humbling indeed.
We will be updating our website with photos here when we can, but one of the trips involved a three hour up-river boat trip to twelve villages where they installed sixty  filters, a team of twenty four went and they split up on arrival to different villages. One team walked eleven  km’s.
There were many in tears at the receipt of the filters as their only water supply is river water and a number of the children in these villages were sick with ‘tummy bugs’.
In India, we are sending funds along with INI, where our team has also been concentrating on the most vulnerable affected by this pandemic.
We are also continuing to distribute funds as we receive them.
So, I would like to thank all you kind people who continue to support us in our endeavours.
Please keep praying that we will see the end of this at some time in the future.