Aug 5, 2020

Living in the New Normal

Demonstrating how to wear a mask
Demonstrating how to wear a mask

Dear supporters, family and friends of Serendipity,

Living life in the “New Normal” can be difficult when states are not ready to curtail a second wave of the COVID 19 outbreak if it occurs. It is thus of utmost importance that measures are put in place to help protect community members. The pandemic has affected several aspects of our lives and education of our children is one of them as a break in learning has impacted heavily upon the child which has been occasioned with the pandemic. Now with the reopening of our schools, it is of utmost importance to STAY SAFE as Water and Hygiene facilities are a crucial and critical part of schools reopening.

Prior to the coming of the pandemic, one of Serendipity’s key goals is to ensure that our communities and children are not vulnerable to water borne diseases; and thus embarked upon School WASH Programmes in seven schools where we distributed WASH materials, hand washing points and taught over 200 children in primary, junior high and senior high in four local governing councils in Kano on the benefits of good hand washing practices in preventing them from falling ill, being vulnerable to water related ailments. School WASH Clubs were formed that will monitor the students adhering to what they were taught as well as exciting programmes to keep them engaged. Progress reports and feedback showed that the children have been practicing what they were taught with the percentage of absence from school dropping from 50% to 20%.

With the coming of COVID 19 we have intensified our efforts in our #StaySafe Campaign teaching school age children on good hand washing and hygiene practices, provision of WASH materials and donation of palliatives in the form of crates of eggs to boost their immunity. Our campaign took us to Hamza Primary and Secondary School in Sabowar Gadan where twenty children were taught on good hand washing practices, respiratory etiquettes (such as coughing and sneezing into the elbow or into a tissue and disposed away)  how to properly wear a mask with its usage and physical distances measures.  

A call to action to invest in the provision of WASH points, WASH items, Hand Sanitizers, face masks and palliatives such as crates of eggs to boost their immunity is needed and with your support we can do more.

Thank you for your continued trust in us to make a change in our communities and making better lives.

Best Regards,

 

Samirah Faruk

WASH Club President Girls Wing
WASH Club President Girls Wing
WASH Club president Boys Wing
WASH Club president Boys Wing
Use of hand sanitizers
Use of hand sanitizers
Students ready for school
Students ready for school

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Jul 1, 2020

Empowerment affected by COVID 19

One of the women trained
One of the women trained

Dear supporters, family and friends of Serendipity, 

With the onset of the pandemic of COVID 19 and its spread in Kano where the project is located, it has become very difficult to assess the project site because of the lockdown currently observed in the state.

 

However during the days that the lockdown is eased, we were able to visit to project site to see how the women thus far trained are faring in their businesses and general well being. As part of impact assessment of the impact of COVID 19 on their businesses, we carried out a survey on the impact of the pandemic on their businesses and the results are as attached in the document.

 

From the diagram attached; the first batch of women in blue experienced 45% reduction on sales of their products and the second batch of women in red experienced 31% reduction.

 

The last two batches of third and fourth batches experienced 75% and 83% respectively, this is because they just started production and making sales, growing their market and then the pandemic occurred and adversely affected their household livelihood.

 

When asked if they would require a loan to boost their businesses, 54% of them responded they would not mind whilst the remaining 46% were only willing if the interest rate is a single digit with moratorium included. Now more than ever do the women in Kano require your kind assistance in boosting their businesses and be in collaboration with the community Microfinance Bank to ensure monitoring and utilization of the funds received.

 

Will you help us to succeed on this dream? Your donation towards boosting the already existing businesses of the 40 women trained will go a long way to improve on their household livelihoods and assist their families.

To learn more about our work become our friend on Facebook/serenhealthcare and follow us on twitter @serendipityHea1 or send us an email for any enquiry or advice at serenhealthcare@gmail.com.

Best Regards,

Nmatullah Umar

Machine for processing
Machine for processing
Some of the women empowered
Some of the women empowered

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Jun 18, 2020

Without Malaria Campaign

Nana Firdausi our new malaria advocate
Nana Firdausi our new malaria advocate

Dear supporters, family and friends of Serendipity,

The #Without Malaria campaign we launched in schools in Tarauni Local Governing council of Kano early last year 2019 where we developed a malaria school curriculum and trained 50 students within one week in both Junior and Senior High school with a guide to prevent the prevalence of malaria in their community has taken us to doing this campaign in the communities being that with the pandemic in the world we can not continue the campaign of malaria education in schools as they have been closed down to reduce the spread of the pandemic.

Malaria remains one of the top ten killers of children under five years and pregnant women in our communities. Sadly, much attention is not being given to the current spike in malaria cases as it has been relegated to the background. Most cases have been turned back from our hospitals due to the fear of the symptoms similar to COVID 19 and the hospitals that do admit these patients are currently over worked with few personnel.

In order to prevent and reduce the recent high rate of malaria cases in our rural communities in Kano, we at Serendipity have increased our distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets to women and children. We distributed 10 Insecticide Treated nets and crates of eggs to women in Ungogo Local Government Area in Kano as palliatives. Malaria Education was taught to the women on how to effectively use the ITNs, the duration of use of these ITNs, when to change them for new ones and the benefits of eating eggs to the body in building immunity.

During this period also, the rains have come up with floods that have devastated and displaced some communities in Bunkure area of Kano, thus we went to the community and distributed 20 Insecticide Treated Nets to the displaced persons through the district head.

We intend to continue with our #Without Malaria campaign to more communities in Ungogo Local Government Area in Kano but we can only achieve this through your continuous donations to provide ITNs to our communities. We hope to scale up our activities to distributing 500 ITNS to five more communities by the end of the year with your continued support in reducing malaria cases in rural communities of Northern Nigeria.

You can follow us on twitter @serendipityHea1, like our Facebook page on /serenhealthcare, LinkedIn/samirahfaruk or send us an email at serenhealthcare@gmail.com to know more about our work.


Best,

Samirah Faruk

The women of Sabowar Kuje
The women of Sabowar Kuje
ITNS distributed
ITNS distributed
Crates of eggs given as palliatives for immunity
Crates of eggs given as palliatives for immunity
Project Leader with the women of Sabowar Kuje
Project Leader with the women of Sabowar Kuje
Project Leader giving a talk on the use of ITNS
Project Leader giving a talk on the use of ITNS

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