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The COVID-19 crisis has changed day-to-day life for many people, but it''s had an especially great impact on the poor. In the world''s worst-off countries, poor nutrition and sanitation have magnified the damage of the epidemic. The World Vision charity organization is holding its annual 30 Hour Famine to raise money for underprivileged communities. Due to the coronavirus, the event is going virtual for the first time.

Haiti, a country in the Caribbean, has experienced natural disasters and poverty for many years. Faced with the threat COVID-19, Julie Lee, National Director of World Vision Haiti, said that more than 60% of the population does not have access to clean water and soap. It is estimated that more than 4 million people will need humanitarian assistance due to COVID-19.

Julie Lee
National Director World Vision Haiti
The seasonal rain is here, but they don''t have seeds for crops. How will they survive? COVID-19 is also creating a great deal of fear.

Meanwhile Somalia is grappling with a food shortage caused by locust swarms. Amid the pandemic, the number of people needing humanitarian assistance has soared to 3.44 million.

Philip Ndekei
World Vision Somalia
5.2 million people are in need of food assistance. 63% are children aged 0-14 years.

For 31 years, World Vision Taiwan has held the 30 Hour Famine to raise money for famine, war and natural disaster relief. Participants spend a weekend fasting and learning about the impact of hunger on children around the world. This year, in light of COVID-19 outbreak, the event will be conducted virtually for the first time this year.

Andrew Wang
World Vision Taiwan executive director
We have one-person 30 hour famine. They can do that by themselves or with some of their friends together. They have some choices, for eight hours, 12 hours, or 30 hours. We invite them to upload the film. We use online way to get all the people to be connected.

This "virtual famine" fundraiser runs from May 25 to July 31, and it will center on games, discussions, and videos accessible online. The participation fee is NT$100. Proceeds go to emergency food aid and assistance to families in poverty-stricken communities around the world.

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