Sep 20, 2021

Update on Liberian Family Heatlh Care and Education

Madonna & Child at Clinic for Post Natal Care
Madonna & Child at Clinic for Post Natal Care

Welcome, Friends and Supporters!

Our quarterly update gives you the latest developments with our Liberian family j Health Carre and Education Program. Since our last communications to you, the IMANI HOUSE staff continue to serve their communities, giving the best quality health services at the most economical price for our people. All the hardships faced over the last year, and continue to meet current, our staff has continued without interruption, even in the shadow of the world Corvid Pandemic.

Looking at the incidence of COVID in Liberia since our last report, our number of cases doubled, jumping from 2,128 confirmed cases to 5,727. While the number of deaths has tripled, moving from 85 deaths reported to a total of  245 deaths.  This increase is a significant spike in cases that occurred during this last quarter when you consider that there had been no considerable fluctuation in over one year. 

Compared to the West and Europe,  one would say that Liberia is doing well if you compare only the totals. However, please consider that Liberia is one of the ten poorest countries globally. The health infrastructure was destroyed during the 15-year civil war;  also, fewer than two(2) doctors per 1,000 people. One must see the country from different perspectives. Such a small clinic like IMANI HOUSE's Maternal and Children Clinic serves a crucial role in a country that is still rebuilding the health sector. Our population of patients deserves the lifesaving health care our staff provides with the most extraordinary commitment. Coup d'etat Civil War, Ebola Pandemic, Struggling economic and now Covid Crisis are significant hurdles to overcome.

So IMANI HOUSE continue to transition through the hardship as we will start our 37th year of work and commitment in Liberia in December. It has been a long journey with so many stories to tell. We are so grateful that we have made so much progress only with your contributions and prayers. THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE for the the people of Liberia! Let continue this journey together!

. The highlight events of this reporting period were:

  • The IMANI HOUSE Board Directors, Management, Staff, Friends, and Supporter are proud to have had our Project Leader, Founder and Executive Director of IMANI HOUSE Organization nominated for the 2021 Aurora Humanitarian Prize. The work must be done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0sc0u_-dYA
  • Adult Literacy Program had this years closing programs for students at two sites, VOA and St. Mary’s Catholic High School
  • We are continuing with the four(4) month pilot project of the IHI Digital Learning Center. Clinic staff and patients participate in the Raspberry Pi project, which will be the foundation of the Covid Awareness and Community Health Education program. It will also allow the entire community to download a wealth of Books, Documents and media
  • Scholarship Support to Liberia students continues, and now for the first time, financial support to parents of the students to assist in set up a small business is planned 
  • Donation of a Generator to electrify school to make it possible for Adult learners could pursue learning to read and write,

If you would like to get more information about work of IMANI HOUSE or become a sponsor, please visit our Web site: IMANI HOUSE, INC. – Building Community Through Education, Information, Health, and Service

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Our Clinic Cleaner on Standby for Spills!
Our Clinic Cleaner on Standby for Spills!
Clinic View
Clinic View
IHI Clinic Patient Waiting Room
IHI Clinic Patient Waiting Room
Clinic Staff Meeting
Clinic Staff Meeting
Screener Doing Medical History on Patient
Screener Doing Medical History on Patient
Patient Lab Test Being Explained by Lab Assistant
Patient Lab Test Being Explained by Lab Assistant
Staff Identifies Training Content on Bridge PI
Staff Identifies Training Content on Bridge PI
Patients Connecting to Bridge Pi
Patients Connecting to Bridge Pi
Our "Champion" Present Training from Bridge PI
Our "Champion" Present Training from Bridge PI
Sep 13, 2021

*Summer RisIng* Summer Blended Camp and Academics

 

 

Dear Friends of Imani House,

Imagine going back to school after a year at home in front of a Computer screen.  Children who were ready for Kindergarten from low-income families - Children who had little access to computers because of the other siblings in the home or a lack of guidance? Imagine not seeing your friends in person for a year and you are only 6 - 10 years old?  Imagine the struggle this created for children who had to reverse their thinking, be strong, avoid upsetting already overstressed parents and who also may have lost loved ones to COVID19?

Imani House never closed our afterschool, we ran remote classes of dance, and music, sewing, and science, but it just was not the same. Then last summer we were invited to do an in-person camp.  But parents’ fears of contagion were obvious when less than 30 out of 120 children attended in person.

When the City and Mayor approached Imani House and other CBO's asking us to collaborate with the day school.  To help set up a program for July and August that would not only welcome children back on site but also provide exceptional safety and care. We pulled our staff together and readied the program with the school

The objective was to get children used to being back in school full time.  It was an experiment that worked.  For Imani House and our staff, it was more than challenging as we welcomed the children, the staff, and worked with the school to provide academic support during the morning and recreation and fun activities in the afternoon. We spent more than usual on specialty staff, (archery, drama, visual arts, STEM, gardening, sports…), held parties, and were even able to take trips to the Zoo and end with a big barbeque and family day in Prospect Park.

The program was a success.  The school accepted 120 children and Imani House accepted 150. Thanks for your support.  It meant a lot to our staff and the children.  It allowed us to buy additional supplies, games, art materials, take trips, and otherwise, show the children how much fun and excitement being with their peers and our staff again was.

Thanks for your continued support.  This camp and our afterschool program are an essential element of a child's development and are needed more now than ever.  

With great appreciation,

Bisi Ideraabdullah

Executive Director

May 19, 2021

Update:Visit of the IHI Executive Director

Execute  Director with IHI Staff trainees
Execute Director with IHI Staff trainees

Dear  Friends of Imani House,

IMANI HOUSE LIBERIA continues to transition through the ongoing issues caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic. The Health Care and Education Project continues to persevere with your kind support of friends from around the world. Thank you for all you do in support of all our programs.

In Liberia, from 3 January 2020 to 15 May 2021, there have been 2,128 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 85 deaths reported. As of 12 May 2021, a total of 36,404 vaccine doses have been administered by the government. Though the numbers are small,  IMANI HOUSE continues to operate under caution with full IPC (Infection Prevention Control) in place at all our sites to protect staff and clients.

. The highlight events of this reporting period were:

  • The founder, Executive Director(ED) of the IMANI HOUSE ORGANIZATION, and overall Project Leader of the Family Health Care and Education Project to Liberia. It was her first visit in over nine (9) years;
  • Implementation of a new fees system to help the Clinic offset some of the expenses of operation
  • Resumptions of the Adult Literacy Classes at two sites, VOA and St. Mary’s 
  • The ED held trainer of trainers workshops to improve  the use of  Health Manuel as a part of  Community Health Education activities;
  • A three-part training held over a period of  3 weeks to train two staff members to be focal points for the roll-out of the IHI Digital Learning Center
  • Scholarship Support to Liberia students continues, and now for the first time, financial support to parents of the students to assist in set up a small business is planned.
  • Imani House was among the Nominees for the 2021 Aurora Humanitarian Award for work done over thirty-five (35)years in Liberia.
  • Visit by IHI Delegation to historical B. W Harris Episcopal School in Monrovia on behalf of the B. W. Harris Episcopal School Alumni Association-USA, Inc.

Despite the dangers of travel during the Covid Crisis, the Founder and Executive Director had made a trip to Liberia to assess IMANI HOUSE programs in Liberia. Part of her purpose while on the ground was to evaluate staff and all systems currently in place to improve the organization's overall impact on the groups we serve. Lastly,  the ED wanted to do more training of the team to improve the output of staff to make overall operation more efficient.  Madame Executive Director spent full two months on the ground working with IHI management and staff in our various programs.

Because of the Covid Pandemic, the patient load at our family health clinic dropped considerably in 2020. Also, our donor funding to the project declined. It was decided while the health clinic had offered basically free services since its inception 35 years ago. During the last year, a drop in donor support forced us to consider introducing a new temporary fee system in February. While our patients are from some of the poorest communities, we had to increase registration and lab fees to help offset the higher cost of medicines and other supplies.  At the same time, there has been a gradual increase in patient numbers at the clinic during the first quarter of 2021. Despite a fee scale being implemented and improved patient load, our programs still depend on more than 50%  of our revenue from supporters like you! Without your contributions, we can not deliver our life-saving services to Liberia's marginalized communities.

A one-day pre-training was held by the Executive Directors(ED) during her visit with the Program Manager and  Key Literacy staff to discuss the reorganization of health education classes around the IHI Liberian  HEALH MANUEL. The health manual was developed specifically to enhance Liberian skills and behaviors toward health, sanitation, nutrition, and human rights. This training explored how to better utilize the manual in the classroom and the communities from which our students come. It also looked at other necessities that IHI needs to consider as projects that would support the topics covered in the manual. i.e., like constructing latrines and  waterpoint in underserved communities,  

The ED held a second workshop for the Literacy, medical, and management staff to deploy the Liberian Health Manual in the clinic and adult literacy sites. Also, the possible impact of expanding the use of the manual and once again to schools and other communities in rural Monseraddo County.

Due to Covid -19, We had discontinued our Adult Literacy Program in March 2020. The Liberian government closed educational facilities. Covid outbreak caused our financial resources to be reduced due to donor fatigue.  For 2021 Programs are now fully active again starting in February as private donations were made to keep the Literacy programs open and provide small stipends to Tutors and books and other educational supplies for the Student. So the IHI Liberian Health Manuel is an intricate part of the curriculum being taught.

The VOA program moved to a new Government School. This was made possible by donations of the generator and operational funds from a long-time supporter and former Board Member of IMANI HOUSE in the United States. The plan is to support the school where the Literacy program is hosted with a wall painting project to brighten the school's appearance. This project would include murals and brightly colored halls that would benefit our nighttime Literacy Students and the normal day students attending the  Government school. Maybe you would like to support this initiative...

With support from our sister organization, we are preparing to set up the Imani House Digital Learning Center within the coming weeks. As stated earlier, we trained two focal points or to help coordinate this rollout of the Bridge_Pi project at the clinic to support medical staff training and patient health education classes. Our staff will eventually use this little hand computer to enhance our community health education program. It gives us the potential to set up our first digital library for the greater Brewerville community.

For the first time, IHI is offering microloans for the single-parent household of one of the young scholarship students as a pilot project. As head of the house with six children to care for, the mother lost the family's sole breadwinner when her husband passed away from the deadly EBOLA virus that ravaged Liberia in 2014-16. She struggled to provide food to her children and education to all her children as a market woman in one of the local markets in  Jahtondo Town near our family health center. The mother has made a business plan with the help of IHI staff and shows that she can make a profit from the initial seed money IHI is providing. We hope that we will solicit funds from the international community to sustain this new microloan program for other women in need. We're so excited that we can give a hand up to entrepreneurs working towards better lives. When you invest in women, you invest in change!

Our founder and Executive Director and IMANI HOUSE came very close to being chosen as a recipient of the prestigious Aurora Humanitarian Award for 2021. Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity is an annual international humanitarian award recognizing individuals for humanitarian work. It is awarded annually on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide.  IMANI HOUSE, out of the 581 applicants, had our Exec. Director was selected as one of the last draws for the finalist. This was a big honor for our organization gave IHI more recognition for the work we have done in Liberia and the United States. It only goes to highlight how a small NGO can impact so many.

In closing, an IMANI HOUSE Delegation visited the historical B. W. Harris Episcopal Elementary. Junior & Senior High School, a religious school in Monrovia, Liberia. The ED, Program Director, and the Program Manager made the trip on behalf of the B. W. Harris Episcopal School Alumni Association-USA, Inc. The Executive Director of IMANI HOUSE is an honorary member of the Alumni Association. Along with members of her team, she was welcomed by the principal and other staff members. The association and its members are sponsors of IHI Liberia programs through their fundraising events.  We thank them, and we thank you for your continued support.

If you would like to get more information about IMANI HOUSE, please visit our Web site: IMANI HOUSE, INC. – Building Community Through Education, Information, Health, and Service

Madam Executive Director  Welcoming patients
Madam Executive Director Welcoming patients
Closing Program for Adult Literacy Students
Closing Program for Adult Literacy Students
Execute  Director meets with IHI Staff
Execute Director meets with IHI Staff
Execute  Director meets with Scholorship Students
Execute Director meets with Scholorship Students
The ED meets with Clinic Patients
The ED meets with Clinic Patients
Mother Brings Children for Treatment
Mother Brings Children for Treatment
Momma N recepient of Microloan to her family
Momma N recepient of Microloan to her family
IHI Meets Principal at B. W. Harris School
IHI Meets Principal at B. W. Harris School
Execute  Director meets with B.W. Harris Staff
Execute Director meets with B.W. Harris Staff
Execute  Director visits B.W. Harris's Pre-K Class
Execute Director visits B.W. Harris's Pre-K Class
Tour of B. W. Harris Kindergarten Classroom
Tour of B. W. Harris Kindergarten Classroom

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