Young Living's donation will be used to support the IRC's response to the COVID-19 crisis in refugee camps and vulnerable communities throughout the world, including securing protective gear for frontline health workers and training them on how to isolate and prevent further spread of the virus. In addition, the donation will ensure people have access to accurate information by translating CDC directives into hundreds of languages and tribal dialects to help people stay safe. The IRC also distributes hygiene kits, food supplies and educational kits and sets up handwashing stations within refugee camps.
"Quarantining is challenging for even the most privileged of us. Imagine trying to remain healthy in an impacted refugee camp with limited resources, where isolation is impossible," said Jacquelyn Skinner, executive director of global philanthropy for The D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation. "Our hearts go out to those who have this additional challenge on top of the traumas they've already faced. We're honored to be able to contribute during this time."
The IRC's mission is to respond to some of the world's worst crises, delivering aid that saves lives while paving the way for long-term recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic adds further complexity and danger to those already experiencing vulnerability from conflict, violence, food insecurity and nonexistent health systems in their home countries. It's imperative that survivors have the protection and education they need to remain healthy. That's an undertaking that is seeing new heights of difficulty, as refugee camps that were initially set up to accommodate 6,000 displaced people are currently seeing five times that number, making social distancing and quarantining a critical challenge.
In other news, Young Living made a $20,000 donation to TreeUtah and the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day last week. Each nonprofit will receive a $10,000 donation to be allocated for the purchase and planting of trees.