Pivoting To Respond To The Pandemic

Since its outbreak, the COVID-19 pandemic has spared no country around the world. Millions of people, especially those in underserved communities, continue to be impacted by the effects and Brazil is unfortunately no exception. 

As part of the Caterpillar Foundation’s global response to the crisis, we’ve pivoted our partnership with +UNIDOS, a social investment fund formed by Brazilian multinational corporations, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to support them in their efforts to protect the most vulnerable communities directly impacted by coronavirus. 

+UNIDOS, with the support of the Caterpillar Foundation and other organizations, launched UNA+, a COVID-19 emergency relief fund. UNA+ will positively impact nearly 40,000 individuals and will provide communities in which +UNIDOS serves with the following: 

  • ICU beds for the public health system (in São Paulo State and Amazon region)
  • COVID-19 testing for low-income communities
  • Food to families vulnerable to food insecurity

“With the pandemic, we understood that we should take a step back and take action in the emergency to develop a safe environment to return to work afterwards,” said Daniel Grynberg, Executive Director of Grupo +Unidos Brazil. 

Through all of its emergency efforts, the organization remains committed to their mission to prepare youth in underserved communities for the 21st-century workforce by ensuring educational and professional improvement programs that will create lasting impact for the next generation in Brazil.

Visit +UNIDOS to learn more about their work.

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