Adventists helped more than 2.8 million people in 2020

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I n a year characterized predominantly by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the different institutions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the eight nations of the South American Division, took direct action. During 2020, they have made a difference in the lives of the people who suffer the most.

Several factors have affected society, mainly after the announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO), in March, that the disease has reached a pandemic level. Issues such as isolation, social detachment, disease contamination, and deaths of people, economic and social developments with increased unemployment and wage losses, and great anxiety and apprehension, however, did not prevent Adventists from carrying out social service programs.

 

Battalion of beneficiaries

Data show that, from January to the first half of December 2020, the Seventh-day Adventist Church added more than 2.894 million people benefited through different social projects. The total number of beneficiaries considers data from various programs: people served with clothes, food, and other means in various projects of the Adventist Solidary Action (ASA), a department present in the local churches; people who benefit from donations from the Adventist Education Network; people favored by the Ouvido Amigo project, led by the Ministry of Women and emergency response from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). In addition, data from participants in the blood donation project, Vida por Vidas, were computed.

 

In the case of ASA, 1,621,436 people were served in one year. More than 8.8 million pounds (4 million kilograms) of food were donated, and 93,989 people received Bible studies in the more than 79,000 community service projects near local churches.

 

Adventist Education

The Adventist Education Network = has also mobilized to make a difference. At least 116,019 people benefited from direct actions carried out in the school units. This resulted, for example, in 42,260 donated baskets of basic supplies, 14,6867 pieces of clothing delivered, 7,768 hygiene kits, in addition to other actions such as blood donation, delivery of liters of milk, donation of glasses, payments for services, the supply of masks, etc.

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