Brooke USA, a Lexington, Kentucky-based equine charity, is seeking donations for a fund that will provide humanitarian aid to equine-based communities affected by the coronavirus and COVID-19.
The nonprofit announced April 9 it had set a $125,000 initial goal for the COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund, which it will use to provide aid across the globe.
In response to the spread of the coronavirus, Brooke USA is committed to meeting the needs of equine-dependent communities impacted by the pandemic both in the United States and in the developing world.
“We hope that equine-friendly businesses, individuals and philanthropists will join us in this fight against this virus which certainly is global in scale,” Brooke USA Executive Director Emily Dulin said in a statement.
Countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and the Caribbean are going to need increased assistance. Brooke USA recognizes that in the developing world there is a lack of health care facilities, medical supplies are not readily available, and living in highly crowded communal situations exacerbates the risk of spread. Moreover, the international community which normally offers aid is hard pressed to help because every nation is dealing with their own problems related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funds raised will be used to support response and recovery efforts which will vary from nation to nation, and community to community. Brooke USA said the needs in each area will be individual. In some communities, this may mean providing care for working animals whose owners have been impacted by the pandemic. In others, it may involve helping get food to a family who can no longer work due to illness or economic distress.
To donate to Brooke USA’s COVID-19 Crisis Response & Recovery Fund, visit www.BrookeUSA.org/COVID-19Fund, or contact Dulin at [email protected]. Donations also can be sent to Brooke USA, 2333 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.
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