To limit the spread of the virus, the president of Nigeria on 29th March 2020 announced a total shut down of movements and activities in major states in Nigeria which enforces the order for everyone to stay at home. This project will alleviate the negative impact of this shutdown on poorer traders and artisans who need to make daily income for food. We will also provide soap, water and other protective materials, and support educational material for proper awareness and to reduce viral myths.
The current shut down of activities in most states in Nigeria, with citizens compelled to stay at home comes with unintended consequences such as malnutrition, hunger, and exploitation due to lack of basic services like water, and no provisions of food, soaps and or sanitizers. Due to high illiteracy and inadequate sensitization, there will also be an increase in sickness and deaths from covid-19 as people continue to move around and spread the virus disregarding social distancing precautions.
SI4DEV will: 1. Provide food and hygiene materials such as hand wash and sanitizers to low income families, orphanages and old people's homes. 2. Provide water and soap basins at strategic places in local communities 3. Subsidize data charges to enable online training of community volunteers 4. Produce fliers and posters in local Nigeria languages with correct covid-19 precautions and share with influencers on the ground. 5. Provide face masks, gloves and other protective equipment
SI4DEV has already begun the training of our volunteers as links for proper information in the community and will partner with NGOs with expertise or experience in these areas to deliver the humanitarian support needed for a more effective covid-19 response. This strengthens local capacity for future work in disaster or outbreak relief as we believe that local NGOs are faster, more nimble and innovative, and have more local trust since they are closer to their communities.