North American Ambassadors on the Frontlines of the COVID-19 Response

The number of recorded COVID-19 cases in North America has rapidly increased over the past month with some experts arguing that North America, specifically the United States, has now become the epicentre of the virus. Many of the small island nations in North America also have a growing number of reported cases. Hospitals across North America have already begun to face critical shortages in medical supplies and such as ventilators and personal protective equipment. Ambassadors in North America are facing the crisis and providing innovative solutions for many problems and challenges caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Miles Pepper. Co-Founder, FinalStraw

Miles and his brother have launched a project called Disinfect Connect, a database of distilleries around the United States producing hand sanitiser. Disinfect Connect helps hand sanitiser-producing distilleries connect with communities and organisations in need of their products.

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Trevor Schonewille. Founder, Monkiri

Trevor and his team have launched an innovative series educating people on how to manage their finances during the COVID-19 pandemic. Monkiri are translating the lessons into multiple languages so that people all around the world can have access to the resources.

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Raghu Appasani. Founder, The MINDS Foundation

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The MINDS Foundation is producing content for anyone that is trapped at home and struggling with their mental health during this crisis. The MINDS Foundation has hosted a webinar discussing mental health and have produced a series of articles on lockdown & mental health. They will continue to provide content related to COVID-19 to help their people manage with these significant life changes.

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Raghu is also supporting a campaign called 'F The Virus', selling bracelets to help fund additional resources and supplies for medical workers.They have also created a platform that tracks supply and personnel shortages from hospital to hospital so that supplies can be transferred effectively and efficiently.

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Angela Edward, Social Worker

Angela works with an Interdisciplinary Team at a 501©3 Thome PACE, serving some of the community's eldest and frailest citizen. Thome PACE works with elders and families who are eligible to go to Nursing Homes and manages their health and safety to keep them living in their homes. Angela works on a team of Licensed Social Workers who are prioritising finding ways to support caregivers, manage mental health symptoms, and coordinate needed care and response to crises during the pandemic. 

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Cameron Dagg. Senior Manager, Labatt Breweries of Canada

Labatt Breweries have mobilised their breweries to produce and distribute 50,000 bottles of hand sanitiser to support Food Banks Canada, front line workers and partners in the restaurant and bar industry.

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Genevieve Westrope. Founder, Stay The F*** Home

Stay The F*** Home are selling themed gift boxes with items exclusively sourced from Toronto-based makers and small business. Genevieve recently launched The Wash Your Hands box and all profits will be used to buy Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for a local Toronto hospital.

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Aminka Belvitt. Founder & CEO, Wofemtech Solutions Inc.

Wofemtech Solutions Inc provides online professional training for in-demand business, technical and personal skills for the modern women and industry. Since the start of the lockdown, Aminka has made their video conferencing platform available for trial.

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Alfred Junco. CEO & Co-founder, Chango.ca

Chango.ca have set up a free financial guidance system, matching those that have been financially hit by the virus with a tailor-picked finance professional that is able to provide guidance and advice.

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Amil Khanzada. Co-founder, Virufy.org

Virufy.org's mission is to develop an app so that anyone can know their COVID-19 risk simply by coughing into a phone. The nonprofit's global team of students from 6 universities, mentored by Stanford faculty, are utilising AI to identify respiratory signatures undetectable by the human ear.

The team are looking for donations and hospital collaboration! Contact: [email protected]

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Layla Yarjani, COO, Little Bridge

Layla Yarjani’s education technology company, Little Bridge, has been working with the Home Office and numerous support groups, including Local Authorities for two years to provide free access to child refugees and families learning English. Since the COVID-19 pandemic and with families on lockdown, the request from the Home Office has increased so the team has now onboarded an additional 40 local authorities for free to continue digital English language learning while at home. This is fundamental to community integration in the UK. Little Bridge is also now providing free access to 140 refugees in a project with UNICEF Jordan.

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Amanda Nguyen, CEO & Founder, Rise Up Inc.

COVID-19 'Stay at Home' policies have spiked sexual and domestic violence cases by up to 3 times their average across the world. Support for survivors is necessary now more than ever, and Rise Up Inc. are supporting through their rapid response effort, Survivor Safe Haven. This campaign is equipping restaurants and grocery stores with the information and resources to reach survivors.

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