Coping with Covid - help support SEPALIM team

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Coping with Covid - help support SEPALIM team
Coping with Covid - help support SEPALIM team
Coping with Covid - help support SEPALIM team
Coping with Covid - help support SEPALIM team
Coping with Covid - help support SEPALIM team
Coping with Covid - help support SEPALIM team
Coping with Covid - help support SEPALIM team
Coping with Covid - help support SEPALIM team
Coping with Covid - help support SEPALIM team
Coping with Covid - help support SEPALIM team
Coping with Covid - help support SEPALIM team
SEPALIM Team
SEPALIM Team

Acknowledgement: 

 On behalf of the Sepalim Madagascar team, I address a special thanks to “ GlobalGiving “ for their Donation of $6,428 as a healthcare support for the Sepalim team to overcome the Covid19 pandemic crisis.

 The GlobalGiving fund allowed the Sepalim team member to purchase raw materials to make about 300 pieces of facemasks. Each Sepalim worker as well as its family members got enough mask to wear every three hours.

In addition to the facemasks, we also purchased soaps, uniform and hand sanitizer.

 This year 2021, Sepalim is continuing to use this fund to combat the outbreak of covid19.  Some parts of the  funds will be used to mitigate the medical care cost of the team as well as the team`s family (husband, wife and children).

Sepalim is still hoping to collaborate with Globale Giving for 2021.

 

Sincerely

 Ratsimbazafy Mamy

Sepali Madagascar Director.

 

 The first case of Covid 19 in Madagascar has been detected since March 20th, 2020. Therefore, three cases were confirmed in Antananarivo. During the same month, 57 persons tested positive. The outbreak remains active. The first death was recorded in May 16th, 2020 and there were 643 positive cases.

 In March 2020, the lockdown was implemented in the Capital as well as many other towns. All international flights were suspended except for the Cargo flights.

 In October 2020, the positive case went up to 17,111 and the death toll rose to 244. The first positive case in Maroantsetra (which is Sepalim Madagascar headquarter) was confirmed in October 2020. In November 2020, several workers of Sepalim Madagascar got flu but there was not any test available in place so no one can confirm if it was Covid19 or not.

Fortunately, in December 2020, all the team have recovered and able to finish the year of 2020 happily. 

 

 2- Current situation about Covid-19 in Madagascar: 

 The last updated of Madagascar`s Covid19 on February 22, 2021 has mentioned 19,831 Coronavirus positive Cases, 297 Deaths, and 19,296 Recovered. The problem is not solved yet and the outbreak of the new variants is threatening the population. Sepalim is reinforcing the prevention measures to avoid the risks of getting the virus.

 

3- Prevention measures taken by Sepalim team:

 Sepalim team has taken three prevention measures: Social distancing, wearing facemasks and hand washing.  The team had to split up into three small groups and work within 2 meters social distance. The team is sewing its own facemasks using the local materials purchased at the local market. Therefore, all the team`s family members also got enough facemask as well as some neighbors. 

 

4- the healthcare strategies for 2021:

 This year, the Sepalim Madagascar team is continuing to follow all the prevention measures recommended by the WHO. The economic effect of the Covid19 crisis has brought many families into bankruptcy. 

The parents have trouble to pay the school fees. Due to the airline flight suspension, the tourist town such Maroantsetra cannot survive. 

Many worker`s husbands have lost their jobs. So they are encouraging their wives to keep working hard with Sepalim in order  to insure that the Sepalim program survives.

 Due to those situations cited above,  The Sepalim Director has decided  to use the rest of the fund from 2020 to make a loan in order to support the health of the team and their families sustainabilty as well as relive the consequences of  Covid19 crisis.

 To do so, five workers will borrow 100 USD from the healthcare funds and will reimburse after three to six months.

1.5 m social distance
1.5 m social distance
Money spent to date - remaining spent as needed
Money spent to date - remaining spent as needed

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SEPALIM Team Thank you for your generous donations
SEPALIM Team Thank you for your generous donations

I am thrilled to  report that despite the fact that all members of the team, despite face masks, hand washing, social distancing, have recovered from bouts of Covid.  Thanks to you they minimized their contacts with others outside the team workshop.  As I know many of understand, minimizing contacts in an African village is very difficult.  Mamy, the team director was very, very ill. Somehow, they all got through it and continued working.

Because we have lost several of our buyers and the world economy is depressed, the workers had time to develop their own artistic skills and ideas.  I am attaching a few pictures of new textile designs. The large textile is made up of 6 different pieces sewn together for shipping.  As a whole it is magnificent and suggests to me celebration - I can't decide whether I should break it up or keep it as a whole.  Any suggestions?  Ideas of buyers? museums? 

The team is now on their yearly, month-long break.  They will be managing the funds you donated themselves and use them for health care and welfare programs of their own design.  We are hopeful that 2021 will be an extraordinarily good year for all.

If you haven't had a chance to donate but would like to, the program is still accepting funds.

 

Thank you again and Happy 2021!

 

Cay

Exuberance!
Exuberance!
New Life!
New Life!
Joy!
Joy!

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Jerrison, Lalaina, Jaofeno Mario
Jerrison, Lalaina, Jaofeno Mario

18 November

In less than 10 days you have donated  $2027 to the SEPALI Madagascar team to help them deal with the crisis.   THANK YOU!  Health insurance is non-existent in Madagascar and extra funds in the time of crisis go a long way - the team is very grateful.  

As you probably know, even though many African village markets are open air, they are crowded. Therefore, the team has decided to spend a portion of the donated funds to provide team lunches until the 15 December holiday begins.  This will reduce contact with non-team members most of whom do not wear masks although all team members do.  In addition to minimizing contact, provided lunches will also allow the team to make sure that at least one meal a day is nutritious.   

Mamy has sent me photographs and a few short introductions to introduce you team members.  Pictures of team members in header of this email and subsequent messages. 

Above:" Mario, Lalaina and Jerisson are working together to create their disc textile. They are free to choose their own design and inspiration. Jerisson have been working with SEPALIM since 2015, he is 28 years old. In addition to the SEPALIM 's work,  Jerisson is a good carpenter and he helped SEPALIM to build up any infrastructure such as fruit dryer, shelter, and storage houses. Jerisson has just married this year."

"Mario have been working with SEPALIM since 2008. He is 38 years old now. 
He finished the first 5 years of school. He has two daughters of 17 and 9 years old. 
His first daughter is close to get baccalaureate degree.  Mario contribued to the design of the multicolored disc textile. This design inspires from the color combination idea that the team learnt from the art magazine booklet. In addition to his design creation skill,  Mario is in charge of maintaining as well as repairing all the sewing machines since 2008."

Lalaina is the director of the artisan team.  She has been working with SEPALIM since 2010.  She is in charge of artistic design and specializes in card-weaving with raffia to provide trim of SEPALIM's cocoon silk baskets. 

Mario
Mario
Lalaina Raharindimby, Head of Artisans program
Lalaina Raharindimby, Head of Artisans program
New Decorative Disc Designs by Team
New Decorative Disc Designs by Team

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