COVID-19  Kenya Project #45960

COVID-19 Relief for 110 Artisans in Kenya

by Imani Collective
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COVID-19 Relief for 110 Artisans in Kenya
COVID-19 Relief for 110 Artisans in Kenya
COVID-19 Relief for 110 Artisans in Kenya
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Hi!

What a year 2020 was! And while the whole world suffered in many ways due to Covid-19, it also gave everyone the opportunity to be thankful for the things that matter most - community. Whether it be friends, family, or your extended community, 2020 reminded us that we need each other even if we don't know each other and that we are truly all connected.

It has been beautiful to see the support we received here at Imani Collective in Mombasa, Kenya worlds away from where you might be through our Covid relief efforts. Even though you may not have met our artisans, you still felt compelled to support them. That is community - because we are not just better together, we are our best. 

So, thank you for your generous donation to our Covid relief efforts this past year. With your help, we were able to continue paying our artisans a dignified wage, provide food delivered to their homes, provide face coverings for all of our artisans + staff, and ensure our artisans' children were still able to attend school by continuing to pay their primary school fees. 

With your help, we raised over $8,000 to support our artisans through Covid!

We truly couldn't do it with you. We aren't better together, we are our best!

 

 

Warmly,

Hayley Adamski

Director of Partnerships + Community Engagement

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Hello there!
As the director of Holistic programming, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the contributions we have received so far. When we had to shut our doors due to the pandemic, we disbursed food and sanitary care to our artisans, which in return helped them put food on the table and keep them safe from COVID19.

During that time, we also started producing Face masks for kids and adults and began a Giveback project:buy one, give one free. The giveback project allowed us to engage with our community and help them in maintaining the necessary protocols required to keep safe.

We are grateful that we' have resumed work a couple of months now, we continue to request your assistance to help us finish this project as we have $7,021 to go! Your financial support will allow our artisans to continue receiving holistic care amidst the pandemic even as we continue to apply the required preventive measures like maintaining social distance, wearing masks, and washing hands as often as possible within the workplace.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

F E M I D A    O T I E N O
Director of Holistic Programs
KENYA.
 
+254 723 301 932
 
I M A N I   C O L L E C T I V E
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Hello there,

These past 4 months have been hard for all of us as we are still in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic; but with grateful hearts, we have been able to officially open our doors once again and our artisans are now working in full capacity this month in both locations as they continue to practice the protocol needed to keep us all safe.

The artisans continue to educate their families in best practices like maintaining social distance, wearing masks and washing their hands as often as possible and we believe that once COVID-19 is no longer a concern, artisans will continue receiving holistic care and opportunities to plan and save for their families long-term.

This relief effort has enabled our artisans to put food on the table for their families while our doors were temporarily shut and they were also able to keep each other safe with wearing masks and washing hands frequently. We would love your assistance in providing for another round of food relief and sanitary care for the Artisans and we are $7,269 from achieving this goal with GlobalGiving. Every little bit counts and we know we can't do this without you!

We continue to thank you for your generous support and are grateful for each and every one of you.

Best Regards,

 

F E M I D A    O T I E N O
Director of Holistic Programs
KENYA.
 
+254 723 301 932
 
I M A N I   C O L L E C T I V E

 

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To our Imani Collective family:

Today, thanks to your generosity, we were able to disburse additional relief to our artisans as they navigate uncertainty amidst the COVID-19 pandemic here in Kenya.

Using project funds, our team specifically purchased:

  • 106 packages of feminine pads
  • 106 700-gram packages of multipurpose soap
  • 106 packets of toilet paper (each containing four rolls)

As such, all of our artisans and staff were able to receive a sanitary care package, each containing the multipurpose soap, four rolls of toilet paper and one packet of feminine pads to sustain them this month.

During distribution, they were all extremely appreciative of this donation given to them, especially the multipurpose soap – it will help them in maintaining the sanitation standards set by Kenya’s Ministry of Health during this coronavirus outbreak, which requires washing hands frequently.

The artisans also shared about their time spent at home due to COVID-19, and how they have been able to educate their children in best practices like maintaining social distance, wearing masks and washing their hands as often as possible.

Photos of the distribution in both our Old Town and Mtepeni village locations are below. As you can see, we are working are hard to follow standards like social distancing and using face coverings to help slow the spread of the virus.

As we continue to generate support for this project, we will turn our focus towards determining other essentials items our artisans may need, including setting aside funds for any emergency relief they might arise. Thank you again for making it possible for our artisans and their families to stay safe and healthy during the current climate.

Regards,

Femida

Director of Holistic Programming

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Hello,

We’re a few days into our COVID-19 relief project for our artisans in Mombasa, and already the funds raised are making a critical difference in the lives of our artisans. We wanted to take a moment to share with you an important update on the impact that has been enabled thus for by the generosity of donors like you.

  • Last Friday (3/27), we at Imani Collective made the decision to close our workshops in Kenya to best protect the health and safety of our artisans, in light of growing COVID-19 concerns. This means that, until we reopen, our artisans’ source of income is unknown.
  • As a result, with the $3,720 raised to-date, we were first able to mobilize quickly in providing food packages for each of our artisans. (This first round of food relief cost a total of $2,650.)
  • Using these funds, our team on the ground in Mombasa purchased the needed supplies and organized a distribution center to ensure each artisan received a food package before leaving the workshop on Friday.
  • Each artisan was given necessities like cooking oil, maize flour, wheat flour, beans lentils, rice, oil, sugar and tea leaves to feed their families for the next month.
  • The artisans were overwhelmed with relief and gratitude, knowing that they will not have to worry about these essentials for the next month, when this is unfortunately not the reality for so many others in Kenya.
  • With the remaining funds raised so far, we’ve been able to begin planning for our first distribution of sanitary packages (including soap, feminine pads and toilet paper) to our artisans. More on this to come.

Below are some photos of our artisans organizing and receiving their emergency food relief package distribution.

Thank you to those that have already given thus far – because of you, 106 women and their families in Kenya now were able to receive life-saving nutrition to help them weather the next month of uncertainty, when they needed it. We look forward to sharing more updates with you about our ongoing efforts to continue caring holistically for artisans during this unprecedented time of need.

With thanks,

Femida
Director of Holistic Programming

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Jenny Nuccio
Dallas, TX United States

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