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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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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