After 2 years of pandemic, the Pomerantz Foundation team has first row seats to the impact COVID-19 has had on children in need and children who are different, their families, and the organisations that come to their aid.
Terry Pomerantz, leader of the Pomerantz Foundation, deplores all of what COVID-19 has brought to light. “On top of direct victims, the pandemic seems to have caused increases in child abuse, increases in abuse done against women and increases in street violence. Let’s not forget 2021! It has taught us what not to do!”
Yet Terry also rejoices in the spectacular scientific advancements: “Incredible research investments have allowed pharmaceutical laboratories to develop –in record times- efficient vaccines against the coronavirus COVID-19 and its variants. Moreover, these vaccines have been deployed all over the world. It hasn’t been perfect, but never before, as far as I know, has medical research jumped leaps and bounds as quickly.
Scientists have also come up with a vaccine for malaria, which killed over 760,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa in 2020. Each year, malaria is the main cause of infant mortality in Africa. These advances in medical science prove that when men and women come together, we can do great things to help the world!”
For 2022, in the name of the entire Pomerantz Foundation team, Terry wishes “for us to become more consolidated, offer more solidarity to one another. Everyone at the Foundation is keeping up with efforts so that we can all help each other no matter if or how much our viewpoints differ. Together, we can bridge gaps in our social services, health services, education system and our youth protective services (DYP).”
“I wish everyone a 2022 year filled with health, solidarity, hope and discernment. Because we will need solidarity and discernment to improve our hospitals, our home for the elderly, our schools and youth services, so that they cease to be as deficient as they are today. Let’s wish that 2022 be the most beautiful year ever lived. If we believe it, if we really want it, together we can effect change and build a better future, the one our children deserve!”