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Meet the Local Nonprofits Fighting COVID-19 in Asia

While the COVID-19 pandemic affects all of us, the threat is not evenly distributed. Healthcare workers, at-risk populations, and communities with limited health infrastructure need our full support to survive this historic threat.

By Ayumi Tsurushita (Digital Marketing Intern)

Give2Asia’s generous donors are supporting dozens of nonprofits serving these needs. Because of these grantees’ local knowledge and resources, they are well-positioned to respond. Here are a few of their stories:

Mother’s Heart: Supporting Women and Children in Cambodia

Mother’s Heart Organization (MHO) is the first—and currently the only—crisis pregnancy center in Cambodia. MHO was founded in response to research that showed one in five women in Cambodia had unwanted or unplanned pregnancies.

MHO has transformed the lives of hundreds of women and children by empowering women to make the most informed decision about their lives through support, education, and access to resources.

MHO is playing a vital role during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their priority response efforts are:

  • Supplying emergency food support—including rice, canned fish, instant noodles and many other basic food items—to their beneficiaries
  • Providing protective materials (face masks, soap, and hand sanitizers)
  • Providing on-going psychosocial counseling
  • Spreading awareness about protection and prevention including health check-ups

Smile Foundation: Serving Vulnerable Populations in India

Smile Foundation is a national development organization, headquartered in Delhi. Their mission is to empower underprivileged children and youth through relevant education, innovative healthcare, and market-focused livelihood programs.

Smile Foundation is playing a key role in India’s response to COVID-19. Approximately 3,600,000 relief packages will be distributed to around 8,000 families through their program. The packages will include dry rations (rice, dal, salt, oil, sugar, spices, flour, onions, potatoes, and chickpeas) and essential items (masks, sanitary napkins, and soap). The distributions are carried out in the Bhawanigarh block of district Sangrur, Punjab and in the urban slums of Delhi-NCR, Gurgaon, Mumbai and several other locations.

Caritas Manila: Distributing Hygiene Kits in the Philippines

Caritas Manila is one of the largest church-based nonprofit organizations in the Philippines. Caritas Manila’s core programs are geared toward integral human, spiritual, and socio-economic development of the poor. Their programs are designed to transform people from poverty and dependence to self-reliance with dignity.

Caritas Manila is mobilizing their network of staff to provide direct relief during COVID-19. Their current priority is distributing sanitation packs to vulnerable populations, such as the poor and the elderly.

They are currently delivering kits to 6,000 poor communities and families in Metro Manila. The Php 2000 kit for a family of 5 includes one liter of 70% ethyl alcohol, 5 handy bottles of 30 ml alcohol, 5 pieces of washable face masks, one liter of antibacterial liquid soap, one box of vitamin C with zinc, a pair of reusable gloves, one liter of liquid bleach and cleaning cloth.

Karya Salemba Empat: Educating the Community about COVID-19 in Indonesia

Karya Salemba Empat Foundation believes that the nation’s education is the key to the future of the nation. With a mission of “sharing a dream and dedication together towards educating Indonesia,” KSE strives to help students with great potential not only through giving financial scholarship funding, but also through soft skill development training for students.

Miefta Khoirina is one of the scholarship awardees from University of Indonesia. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia, she volunteers at Raflesia Preschool Depok, West Java. At the preschool, she is educating students the danger of the coronavirus and how to avoid it by hand washing with soap according to WHO recommendations. She also distributes surgical masks and hand sanitizer to the kids.

Meet more local nonprofits

Local charities like these are essential to protecting local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic—and to supporting long-term recovery.

Visit our COVID-19 campaign pages to see a selection of local nonprofit partners in each country where we work:

We are honored to work with so many dedicated organizations who are stepping up to serve local needs. Please join us in supporting their work.


To make a tax-deductible donation or grant to benefit a specific charitable organization, please request a consultation with our grantmaking team or email us at

To make an online donation to Give2Asia’s COVID-19 response fund, use our online donation form. Your gift will support local nonprofits that can make the biggest impact in the country of your choice.


Give2Asia is a trusted partner for international philanthropy and the leader in donor-advised grantmaking to the Asia-Pacific. Since 2001, Give2Asia has facilitated more than $350 million of charitable grants across 23 countries. Give2Asia is a US-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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