"I am personally responsible for all the construction projects that UNHCR is pursuing in Mexico in civil society shelters, as well as other key community service sites and also public infrastructure," Goodwin explains. "For example, we are expanding shelters’ capacity, doing renovations, repairs and installing roof-mounted solar panels to reduce their electricity bills."
Goodwin adds that the UNHCR are implementing further activities to mitigate the risk and spread of COVID-19. These include the supply and delivery of hand sanitiser and other cleaning products, construction of isolation areas and extra accommodation spaces and further information campaigns and awareness sessions.
"Australia for UNHCR is the fundraising body Australians can support UNHCR’s work through – they raise awareness and funds for UNHCR’s emergency response and COVID-19 preparedness programs in 134 country operations across the world, including Bangladesh, Syria, Yemen, Uganda, and Mexico," Goodwin says of how people can get involved.
"It also helps just to stay engaged and informed about the realities refugees and asylum seekers face, and talk about them with your friends and family. Many crises are in the news for just a week, even though they are situations that have been going on for many years, and will continue to unravel and compound impact on the families and children still caught up in the region. Despite some emergencies being seen as 'old news' – there are millions and millions of people of concern still needing support and protection."
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