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Ashoka, the Coronavirus, and You

While imagining a post-pandemic world, Ashoka is working hard to take measures to contain the spread of the virus as a global organization with colleagues, stakeholders and Fellows in 90 countries.
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The health and safety of our community is our number one priority. We’re doubling down on our work to support and connect social entrepreneurs and young changemakers. But we will do so exclusively virtually for the next few months.

How can I support the efforts of Ashoka during this time?

Ashoka will continue to generate cutting-edge solutions to address the systemic problems exposed by the current global crisis. Here is what you can do to help:

  1. Support Ashoka Fellows by donating here.
  2. Join our virtual upcoming events, including: the next Inside Ashoka Call (listen in to a conversation with Fellow Molly Burhans, founder of Goodlands, on how the Catholic Church, the world’s largest private landholder, uses technology to protecting our climate), and the AshokaU Exchange.
  3. Follow us on social media and stay connected to our teams around the world: Facebook, Twitter, News Feed.
  4. Keep updated with our weekly brief delivering innovative solutions and responses to the crisis to your inbox, detailing Fellows’ responses, ideas and offerings.

More than ever, we are grateful for partners to give unrestricted support to enable us to react swiftly and nimbly to the crisis and to continue strengthening Ashoka and its network.

How is the Ashoka Network Engaging?

What you can do at home: Jill Vialet's Playworks now offers play at home recess three times a day via Facebook live. Mary Gordon of Roots of Empathy gives advice on how children are thinking and feeling and how we can support them.

Preventing the next epidemic: Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka in Uganda is a specialist for animal-to-human disease transmission. Read her insights here.

Making respirators from 3-D printers: Learn how Fellow David Cuartielles and the Spanish maker community fight Covid-19 from their living room.

Medical outreach: Sanjeev Arora of Project ECHO is training thousands of health professionals worldwide via Zoom in Covid-19 response — connecting specialists to local providers, and vice versa. He is partnering with governments across Asia, Africa, North America and Latin America. Follow here.

Across the board, Ashoka Fellows are playing vital roles. Read some of the many responses by Ashoka Fellows in 90+ countries.