Apr 8, 2019

Time to adapt to a New Climate, what does it mean for Women in Nigeria?

Re - Training on the use of the processing machine
Re - Training on the use of the processing machine

Dear Friends, Family and Supporters of Serendipity Healthcare Foundation,

As a new political climate emerges in Nigeria and reaching the sustainable developement goal 1 of No poverty is becoming distressfully obvious that meeting this goal is extremely challenging especially in the rural communities where economic growth is to provide sustainable jobs and equality amongst women and men.

Thus we at Serendipity Healthcare Foundation came up with a month long plan to raise awareness of the plight of rural women in Kano, Nigeria and what better month to use than the month of March which was the International Women's month. We looked at how can we bring new tools and practices to contribute to the broader agenda for achieving SDG 1. 

Most importantly we should expand our view beyound proving infrastructure for these women but consider the whole cycle of processing and wastage reduction but also teach them the basics of how to make their businesses grow and become sustainable and thus get new markets for them.

First step we embarked upon was a press release on raising awareness on the need for help in empowering these rural women in communities through radio stations, social media and interviews with media houses. We also during the period had two batches of re - trainings on basic entreprenuerial skills for the women that were earlier given the processing and threshing machines.

Alot more needs to be done for these women now that there are scarce resources and the poverty index ratings in Nigeria has increased to 53.7% according to UNDP 2018 having the highest rate of extreme poverty which could worsen in the coming years if these current trends of unemployment, gender inequality continues. 

Your kind and generous donations will not allow this to happen thus this is time to say STOP and the time to GIVE is NOW!! As we at Serendipity have been putting smiles on these women and changing their lives.

You can like and follow us on our Facebook page /serenhealthcare, follow us on twitter @serendipityHea1 or LinkedIN.com/serendipity-healthcare-foundation or send an email to serenhealthcare@gmail.com for further enquires.

Yours Sincerely,

Fatima Lawani

Mashing the finished products
Mashing the finished products
Re-Training on Basic Business skills
Re-Training on Basic Business skills

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Mar 4, 2019

Winning the war on Yellow Fever

Habiba one of recipients of the ITNs
Habiba one of recipients of the ITNs

Dear Family, Friends and Supporters of Serendipity Healthcare Family,

The fight to stop the spread of yellow fever is ongoing as we are not our of the woods yet. There was two reported cases of yellow fever in Yar Kuje of Ungogo Local Governing Councils, one of the communities were we worked and thus we took our campaign advocacy to the community.

We had a focus group discussion with the women group and the children on identification of the signs and symptoms of yellow fever and malaria. It was a fruitful discussion as prior to now, they were not aware of the ailment until it occured within their community and as such could not do anything to prevent the death of those children.

The women leader Zaliha Barau in her own words expressed such great concern over the state of their community and promised to set up a team on sanitation enforcers to ensure breeding grounds for mosquitoes are not cultivated.

Habiba a sister to one of the victims said in the local language "ina matukar godiya akan talafi da a ka zo mana da shi yau kuma Allah SWT ya biya, ameen. Nafiu da yana da rai yau idan mun san duk wadan nan abubuwa. Mun gode"!! The translation means that she is happy with this new information about knowing the signs and symptoms of Malaria and wished they had this information earlier perhaps her brother Nafiu would be alive".

Rapid Diagnostic tests were conducted on children and women present and none of them had symptoms of malaria.

Through your support we are gaining grounds in our advocacy campaigns through radio and distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets to rural communities but much still needs to be done we are soliciting for your continuos support to reach more communities in our rural areas.

You can send us an email on serenhealthcare@gmail.com for further enquires, follow us on our Facebook page/serenhealthcare, LinkedIn/samirahfaruk and twitter @serendipityHea1 or give us a call on 2348035905524 to know how you can donate.

Thank you,

Fatima Lawani

Head, Fundraising

Focus Group discussion with the women and children
Focus Group discussion with the women and children
Our volunteer health worker
Our volunteer health worker
ACTs and Folate Drugs
ACTs and Folate Drugs

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Jan 16, 2019

Efforts towards meeting the SDG goal on WASH

Advocacy on clean practices
Advocacy on clean practices

Dear Supporters, Family and Friends of Serendipity Healthcare Foundation,

Since the last time you heard from us, we have been on a campaign of "One Child, One Project" which main theme is to provide WASH materials to school age children as well as teach them good handwashing practices.

We decided to intensify our efforts of providng access to clean drinking water and good sanitation facilities in two rural communities in Ungogo and Tofa Local Governing councils of Kano, Nigeria. This was a result of the declaration of State of Emergency on the WASH sector in Nigeria due to the lack of water supply and open defecation practised by communities and the need for all stakeholders to increase efforrts into ensuring we meet up a reasonable amount of compliance by 2025.

At Serendipity, we took our campaign to Amarzakaya a community in TudunFulani of Ungogo Local council, Kano where we had a first stakeholders community meeting with the women on the implications of practicing open defecation and the need for good handwashing pracices. During the visit, we realised that they community had only one pond where there source for water and is a 2 mile walk from the city centre thus leaving the children and women who source for the water undergoing harsh conditions deteriment to their health.

For our next vist to the community, we intend to provide them with an alternative sources of water supply where they can have access to safe clean driniking water within close proximity, provide them with cheap alternative means of water purification to keep them healthy working in close collaboration with their community based organisation and the local governing council.

We appreciate the confidence reposed in us all these years in being the link towards providing life changing solutions to rural communities in Kano as all the water points provided are functional seven years down the line and sustainable because of the community having ownership of the project from the first instance. We thus solicit for more of your support to us to provide water and sanitation facilities to rural communities in Northern Nigeria.

Thank you once again for the support and trust in us to better lives for women and children in rural communities.

Best Regards,

Samirah Faruk

  

Firdausi the women leader and advocate in Amarzaka
Firdausi the women leader and advocate in Amarzaka
Only water source in the community
Only water source in the community

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