Kaleidoscope Trust COVID-19 Fundraising Campaign
The impact of Covid-19 on LGBTI+ people around the world has been swift and severe. From food insecurity and homelessness, to ill mental health and domestic violence, our LGBTI+ people are being left behind as governments divert financial and human resources away from LGBTI+ causes during the Covid-19 crisis – but it is precisely in emergency situations that inequalities are further exacerbated as marginalised groups’ already difficult and precarious situations worsen.
Grassroots activists and civil society organisations are in desperate need of funds to support the marginalised communities they serve. While we put increased pressure on governments around the world to step up and release vital funds, Kaleidoscope Trust is asking for your help supporting LGBTI+ people around the world during - and beyond - the Covid-19 crisis.
Your donations will help ensure LGBTI+ activists with some of the funding they need to deliver Covid-19 rapid relief interventions, and so they can continue defending the human rights of LGBTI+ people around the world.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Make a one-off donation to Kaleidoscope Trust.
Become a monthly donor to Kaleidoscope Trust. As little as £5 per month can help the team at Kaleidoscope Trust in our work with activists and civil society organisations around the world. Alongside putting money directly into the hands of those who can have the most impact, your donations help make clear to the government, funding bodies and politicians that the work we’re doing is important to the public. Click here to sign up for a monthly direct debit.
Use your platform, profile or influence to raise money for Kaleidoscope Trust. Around the world LGBTI+ people are being left behind during the Covid-19 crisis. Funding bodies and governments are restricting their funding, de-prioritising LGBTI+ human rights. Your profile, platform and influence could help Kaleidoscope Trust send money to the civil society organisations who are working on the front lines with vulnerable LGBTI+ people around the world. Get in touch here.
Kaleidoscope Trust works collaboratively with activists around the world. As secretariat of The Commonwealth Equality Network, Kaleidoscope Trust works alongside grassroots activists and civil society organisations around the world who are combating the hardships and inequalities faced by LGBTI+ people. Many of these activists and organisations are working to combat domestic and intimate partner violence, HIV/AIDS vulnerability, homelessness, food insecurity, joblessness and lack of reproductive care – all of which are exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis.
Continued funding of these organisations means that more vulnerable people are likely to be helped and supported through community outreach programmes. These organisations have access to people and communities who typically fall through the cracks of society during a crisis. A donation to Kaleidoscope Trust is a donation to helping these activists and organisations.
The situation for vulnerable LGBTI+ people across the Commonwealth is life or death. Kaleidoscope Trust is hearing about the deaths of HIV-positive people with no access to medications, LGBTI+ homeless youth who have no access to food, shelter or hot and clean water, and transgender people who are experiencing violence but with nowhere to go. All existing vulnerabilities to violence, homelessness, persecution and death are made worse by the Covid-19 crisis. A donation to Kaleidoscope Trust will enable us to ensure governments provide the critical funds needed for grassroots activists and civil society organisations to survive – organisations that in many places are the only ones providing support, services, and advocacy for LGBTI+ people.
Kaleidoscope Trust works alongside grassroots activists and civil society organisations around the world who are combating the hardships and inequalities faced by LGBTI+ people. We launched a consultation to understand how LGBTI+ people, activists and civil society organisations are being impacted by Covid-19.
The report lays out a snapshot of the acute challenges that LGBTI+ movements and communities across the Commonwealth are facing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Conducted through a consultation of members of The Commonwealth Equality Network over the course of April 2020, we have gathered the testimony of 41 LGBTI+ individuals from 34 member organisations, covering 37 Commonwealth countries.
If you’re a corporate organisation interested in sponsoring some of the work we do at Kaleidoscope Trust, please get in touch by email by clicking here.