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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


International Relations

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Peter Uvin

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The global COVID-19 pandemic posed new challenges for communities across Latin America: lack of access to potable water and food, loss of jobs and lack of access to technology now needed for children to attend school. By interviewing different leaders of NGOs throughout the continent, I was able to find out how local NGOs were adapting their typical activities to help their communities face these new and worsening challenges. While the NGOs in this study do not primarily focus on disaster relief, each adapted their initiatives to deal with the current needs of the community they serve. Some were able to hold their skill-building workshops online while others raised money to hand out food, cellular cards and school supplies to families with children. Regardless of their original mission, these NGOs showed remarkable adaptation in helping their communities weather the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.