May 7, 2020

Preventing COVID 19 in Kano

Maimuna learning how to wash her hands properly
Maimuna learning how to wash her hands properly

Dear supporters, family and friends of Serendipity,

Kano, Nigeria has been grappling with water shortages since independence due to lack of adequate provision of access to water and sanitation facilities? Do you know that each day 1 child in 1000 dies of water related illnesses in rural communities in Kano?

The situation is now critical since the advent of COVID 19 as it has exposed the inadequacies of the state in providing adequate access to water and healthcare facilities in the 44 local governing councils, which has resulted in some strange deaths in the communities, the elderly and children being the most vulnerable.  

It is on this premise, we at Serendipity decided that it is not only to provide access to safe clean drinking water but also to provide trainings to school age children on good hand washing and hygiene practices learning how to wash their hands properly, times at which to wash hands and keeping clean, how long they should wash their hands, what to use in the event of no soap, the use of hand sanitizers, and not touching their face frequently.

We took our campaign to Amarzakaya village of Tudun Fulani in Ungogo Local Government Council, one of the project sites where we taught school age children on how to wash their hands properly, keeping themselves clean and the use of hand sanitizers. Children in such communities are the most vulnerable because much concentration is on the urban and peri-urban communities thus leaving out rural communities in terms of interventions.

 

WASH materials such as bathing soap and powder detergent were distributed to 20 children as well as crates of eggs as palliatives to boost their immunity as eggs contains the necessary amino acids and vitamins for growth and immunity.

 

We would continue with the distribution of WASH materials, hand sanitizers, palliatives such as eggs and trainings to children and the elderly in rural communities being the most vulnerable as our campaign against community spread of COVID 19 ensuring they know the right way to wash their hands and distribute these items to them. The best way for us to achieve this is your continued support to our project especially now in these trying times of the pandemic.

 

PREVENTION IS KEY TO ENDING THIS THREAT!!  

 

To learn more about our work, check out our website on www.serendipityhealthcare.ngo become our friend on Facebook/serenhealthcare, LinkedIn/samirahfaruk and follow us on twitter @serendipityHea1 or send us an email for any enquiry or advice.

Best Regards,

Samirah Faruk

Distribution of wash materials and palliatives
Distribution of wash materials and palliatives
Putting a smile on Hafsat
Putting a smile on Hafsat
Teaching the children on prevention methods
Teaching the children on prevention methods

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Mar 2, 2020

Closing the gap

One of the processing machines being used
One of the processing machines being used

Dear supporters, family and friends of Serendipity,

For the past two years we have been able to empower and uplift 50 women thus farout of poverty to reduce post harvest losses from their farm produce. We are still unable to garner enough funds during this time frame to procure another processing machine such that we can present to amother batch of women cooperatives and train them thus we decided to restructure our project to include more women into the already exisiting three cooperatives that we have thus far given the machines.

We at Serendipity, the community leaders, the heads of the three women cooperatives and the leaders of the Tofa Community Developement Association agreed that the sales of the produce after all deductions made from the extracted oil and groundnut cake will go towards training more women and bringing them on board to become members.

During this period only 3 women have been trained and included into the cooperatives but they were not given any grant as a their contribution but rather will be paid for their contribution to the business in other ways such as marketing of the products. However the Tofa Developement Association are making efforts to get a loan from the micro finance bank to cushion the effect of a shortfall and to assist the women more.

Another strategy of raising funds and become self reliant is the hire of those machines to other women that want to process other farm produce at a fee of $1 per day and thus far has been working well for them.

Much work still needs to be done and one thing we have gotten off during this period from this after meeting with all the stakeholders is access to market as this has been the major problem. We have listened and we are restrategising and restructuring the project to see how best we can fit in this new developement to the project.

You can follow us on twitter @serendipityHea1 or like our facebook page/serenhealthcare or send us an email serenhealthcare@gmail.com to give us advice on how to forge ahead and any questions you might have.

Yours Truly,

Niimatullah Umar 

Some of the new trainees
Some of the new trainees
One of the produce of groundnut
One of the produce of groundnut

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Feb 20, 2020

A Beautiful Beginning

Our new star
Our new star

Dear Friends, Family and Supporters of Serendipity Healthcare Foundation,

As part of our resolve to ensure that children practice good handwashing to keep off diseases and ensure they live healthy lives, we have been running a campaign of School Wash Programme for the past three years where we teach junior high and senior high children how to properly wash their hands with soap and how often they need to wash their hands to keep clean. We also taught them on how to conserve water through fun games and role play, we designed a programme for each class with their level of understanding,

Maimuna (not real name) is from Tarauni Model School, one of the first schools where we started our campaign on good hygiene practices and we visited the school last year to  measure the impact of our project and we found out that Maimuna has created a WASH Club for the students where she and her team of four are ensuring that what they were taught when we came to their school is being done everyday by the students.

When we asked her why she took up this challenge she said..."Washing my hands always with soap and keeping myself clean has reduced the number of times I fall ill and thus I want to show everybody that washing hands with soap all the time makes you healthy and I am a witness to that in telling my story to other children". She has went further to ask if she can be our ambassador on hygiene and to which we said yes to "A Beautiful Beginning".

We distributed WASH Materials of bathing soap, detergents and washing up liquid to an arm of Junior Secondary School 3 students in the school and did a recap of how important it is to wash your hands properly with soap.

Much work needs to be done as our target of reaching four more schools before the end of the year 2020.

We want to say thank you for your continued support and faith reposed in us to be the organisation that fulfills your goal of paying it forward.

You can follow us on twitter @serendipityHea1 or Like our facebook page/serenhealthcare or LinkedIN Serendipity-healthcare-foundation to learn more about our work.

Best Regards,

 

Samirah Faruk

A junior high 3 washing her hands
A junior high 3 washing her hands
WASH packs of soaps, detergents for 50 children
WASH packs of soaps, detergents for 50 children

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