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Aruba’s National Social Fund Starts Covid-19 Relief Initiative: “Happy to Give Back”

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ORANJESTAD — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect Aruba’s tourism industry, local economy, and workers, CEDE Aruba has launched its “Happy to Give Back” relief initiative, where people can donate online for immediate support to the local food banks and the most vulnerable in the Aruban community, especially the elderly in complete isolation, children, and thousands of people who have lost their jobs.

“The Island is devastated, as Aruba’s only economic pillar, tourism & hospitality, has come to a complete halt. Standard & Poor projects our Island to be the most affected country in the world due to impact on tourism from COVID-19. We project more than 25.000 lost jobs–close to a quarter of our total population, so we need all the help we can get,” says Daniel Tecklenborg, Director of CEDE Aruba.

The One Happy Island receives approximately 1.2 million visitors a year. The Happy to Give Back initiative asks our friends of Aruba–both locally and internationally–to donate if their situation permits.

For more information on how to donate to the ‘Happy to Give Back’ initiative, please visit: or contact Daniel Tecklenborg, Directeur CEDE Aruba, at +297-592-4535, or Kimberly Mathilda, Project Coordinator Happy to Give Back Campaign, at +297-741-6504.


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