May 26, 2021

Making Giant Strides on WASH

One of the Geophysical survey conducted
One of the Geophysical survey conducted

Dear supporters, friends and family of Serendipity,

We had a first stakeholders meeting in four local governing councils in Kano, Nigeria. Tarauni, Gwale, Fagge and Ungogo local councils where the stakeholders stated out all the issues plaguing their communities and thus agreed that the top most priority should be access to water as our children are out of school due to the fear of pandemic and lack of WASH facilities.

At the second meeting, geophysical survey was conducted in five schools where the right aquifer of 50 metres was gotten as the right depth of water that is safe for drinking. Two schools out of the five will be provided with motorised boreholes complete with overhead tanks, submersible pumps, water pump to pump the water to the tanks and a small generator in the event of power outage. The three schools will be provided with hand held pumps complete with Indian Mark 2 pump head, casing and flushing. A water analysis test will also be conducted to ascertain that the water is safe and free of contamination for drinking. The two types of water access was chosen based on the capacity of the schools and the community on maintenance and sustainability. 

A memorandum of understanding will be between the school, serendipity, the local governing council WASH unit for effective monitoring and evaluation.

Our next steps will be the Installation of the water access in these five schools, 2 ventilated improved pit latrines, trainings on good hand washing practices, provision of COVID 19 materials and palliatives and wash points.

We have come this far because of your kind and generous donations towards our cause in providing access to water in our communities that are in dire need and because you are passionate about making changes and thus WE SAY A BIG THANK YOU and ask you to keep on supporting us.

You can follow our story on facebook/serenhealthcare; our website https://www.serendipityhealthcare.org.in; twitter/serendipityHea1 or LinkedIN/company/serendipity-healthcare-foundation or send us an email on serenhealthcare@gmail.com

 

Best Regards,

Samirah Faruk

Our stakeholders
Our stakeholders
One of the beneficiary schools
One of the beneficiary schools

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Apr 5, 2021

Making water a woman's business

Women Teachers in the community
Women Teachers in the community

Dear Supporters, Friends and Family of Serendipity Healthcare Foundation,

Making water a woman's business is key to the success of access to the fundamental human right to water. Everyday a woman is saddled with the responsibility to source for water for her household and thus when policies are being made to install a water source in a community, shouldn't she the one to be asked questions on the design of the water source needed, how safe is it for the children when they are sent to source for water and of course the proximity to the water source such that there is enough time available for the children to go to school on time and enough time left for the women to do other chores.

It was on this premise that we held a stakeholders meeting with a community in Rangaza in Dakata area of Kano with the community leaders, women group, and the only school within the location to deliberate on the how to provide access to water for the community. The meeting was held and it was decided that a water source be located just in front of the school as the community school is run by females only, had no access to water and it wasa located in the center of the community. This decision will serve a total number of 1587 community members due to the advantage of being in the center and the children will stay in school instead of the excuse of going far into other communities to search for water.

A wise decision was made and a steering committee that involved all stakeholders inclusive of our team was set up for impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation.

We could not not done this without your help and support and thus we say a BIG THANK YOU for the confidence reposed in us to provide life changing solutions to our communities. More solutions need to be done and we would appreciate more support to make a change in our communities so that girls stay in school, our community members are safe from the virus and effects of COVID 19 and women play a contributory role in supporting their house hold income as they have more time to do other chores.

You can follow us on our website on http://www.serendipityhealthcare.org.in for updates, social media handles on Facebook/serenhealthcare, Instagram/serendipityHea1, twitter/seredipityHea1 and LinkedIn/serendipity-healthcare-foundation.

Yours Faithfully,

Samirah Faruk

Students of Salha Academy Community school
Students of Salha Academy Community school
New water source for the community
New water source for the community

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Mar 29, 2021

Changing the Narrative

The young women trained on agribusiness
The young women trained on agribusiness

Dear supporters, family and friends of Serendipity,

In our bid to ensure that we create wealth for women in our communities, we changed our strategy this year after we did a survey that showed a devastating effect of the COVID 19 pandemic on the businesses of our women. The survey we conducted was on the women trained prior to the pandemic and it showed 73% reduction in their business activities and income mostly due to lack of access to funds and business skills.

This informed our decision this 2021 on a strategy to train women on how to survive in their businesses in this new clime. With this new pivot in ensuring our women become empowered in business skills and also access to finance, we collaborated with IITA, Bishe Organic Farms (our sister organization) and Mastercard Foundation as technical partners in training 40 women and youths on agribusiness skills, business plan and agribusiness value chain. The training ran for six weeks from February 2nd to March 12th.

On International women day, we had a special day for our women, and we interviewed some of the women to inquire on knowledge learnt and next steps.  With the trainings done and the women had access to finance, we intend to continue with trainings for 80 more women on agribusiness skills and practical on agricultural production.

More Investment is needed to scale work that we have done thus far to train additional 80 more women before the year 2021 comes to an end to ensure food security in the Northern part of Nigeria as the recent report by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO report of March 23, 2021) that there should be a call to action as acute hunger is set to soar in 20 countries with emphasis on Northern Nigeria due to conflict, projections for June – August lean season show that the number of people in emergency level of acute food insecurity is likely to double to over 1.2million as food and nutrition insecurity is set to rise with some 13 million people affected unless food and livelihood assistance is scaled up.

Serendipity is poised to change this since we started the trainings to ensure that our women have access to these knowledges are empowered with access to finance. However, we can only achieve this through your continued partnership and would like to say a big thank you for the trust and support thus far showed to us.

You can follow us on our social media handles Instagram/serendipityHea1, twitter/@serendipityHea1, Facebook/serenhealthcare, LinkedIn/serendipity-healthcare-foundation for more updates.

Best Regards,

 

Samirah Faruk

Collaboration with partners for the trainings
Collaboration with partners for the trainings
Ending the training with smiles
Ending the training with smiles

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