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To address the challenges that vulnerable communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and India are facing in the wake of COVID-19, BESTSELLER FOUNDATION is committing USD 250,000 to fund several specific initiatives seeking funding up to USD 10,000.

The commitment is targeted individuals and organizations deploying direct interventions and community-led mobilization to minimize the spread of the virus and build resilience in urban informal settlements that otherwise can be difficult to reach.

“The global COVID-19 crisis continues to rapidly evolve into unknown territories and many of the vulnerable communities in urban informal settlements are disproportionately impacted,” says Anne Cathrine Garde, Investment Manager in BESTSELLER FOUNTDATION.

“The implications of an outbreak in these communities can be devastating with loss of jobs and income, malnutrition and deteriorating health, and will moreover leave entire populations vulnerable by allowing COVID-19 to spread more easily. With this commitment we want to partner directly with community-led initiatives that can help deploy rapid responses and build community resilience,” she adds.

BESTSELLER FOUNDATION support initiatives with impactful, on-the-ground prevention and rehabilitation efforts targeted vulnerable communities in urban informal settlements characterized by a dense population and acute poverty.

Read more about BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s selection criteria and how to apply here.

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The BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s work is made possible by the efforts of our BESTSELLER colleagues in previous years, as BESTSELLER A/S has been donating funds to BESTSELLER FOUNDATION in years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. These funds allow the BESTSELLER FOUNDATION to carry out our activities; supporting projects & initiatives and investing in businesses primarily in India and East Africa for social progress targeted at low-income populations and for the protection of the environment. 

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