The Solidarity fund will provide immediate financial support to Tunisians abroad who were hardest hit by the pandemic and to Tunisian hospitals to respond to an immediate need for more medical supplies in the wake of the second wave of COVID that is hitting our country. As you donate to the Solidarity fund, you will have the opportunity to select whether you would want to direct the funds to financially support Tunisians abroad or to help meet the needs of hospitals in Tunisia. The former fund targets Tunisians who have lost jobs because of COVID, or who have had a hard time entering the job market post-graduation. We will identify professionals / students through a rigorous application process following a few key principles. In particular, we will favor students over professionals, will strive for a balance across diasporas and will ask that applicants display a clear action plan for their path forward. The latter will be directed at helping Tunisian hospitals meet their needs all while ensuring the transparency and traceability of each donation.
The education window’s goal is to support Tunisian students improve their digital readiness and mitigate their learning gaps. The fund will help students at the university level with the procurement of laptops as well as connectivity tools and scale up local e-learning initiatives for primary and secondary school students that aim to improve equitable learning outcomes. A rigorous selection process will be followed to determine the beneficiaries, with a special focus on the most vulnerable.
As the world struggles to combat the COVID-19 and its consequences, many entrepreneurs in Tunisia created and implemented innovative solutions to meet targeted needs. This window will help in supporting these initiatives and broaden their reach.
Provide financial support to tunisians and especially students facing covid-19 related hardship
Support E-learning initiatives with a focus on the most disadvantaged
Support innovative initiatives from young Tunisian entrepreneurs that address covid-19 needs
Tunisia might have won the first battle against COVID-19 but the war is ongoing. Mobilization is needed, now more than ever, to fully defeat this invisible enemy and rebuild our country.
COVID has swept up every corner of the world, imparting with it sickness, death and economic instability. In Tunisia, the government has taken swift decisive actions early on to contain the outbreak and its social and economic ramifications. The financial and public health measures included a curfew and a six-week general lockdown that shuttered all by essential shops and services; and the establishment of a fund of 2.5 billion Tunisian dinars ($860 million) to support businesses and vulnerable populations.
With only five patients in hospitals battling the disease, the country has just entered the third phase of its gradual reopening of the economy. However, the consequences of COVID-19 on Tunisia’s already fragile economy are serious and can be easily exacerbated by the real possibility of another wave of infections. According to the International Monetary Fund’s latest figures, the Tunisian economy is projected to contract by at least 4.5%.