As COVID-19 continues to spread, the future has never felt so unpredictable. These are challenging times for us all, and we hope you’re in good spirits and health! Right now, NIGEE is doing everything possible to sustain daily operations and provide services to our community. While there’s a lot of uncertainty, we know that we need to adapt fast to our changing reality. Now, more than ever, our community needs us. And we need you.
Given the situation, we’ve made a few important modifications to our programs. These changes include;
Distribution of dignity packs as part of girls’ personal effects in Siaya, Migori, Homabay and Kisumu. In providing these, we will be in effect releasing funds for the families to cater for other important things such as food, rent, electricity, water etc. The dignity pack contain bar soaps, sanitary towels, petroleum jelly, tissue rolls, toothbrush, toothpaste and a face mask.
Following up and solving SGBV cases through our existing hotlines. The girl advocates will continue conducting home visits, with necessary precautions. From the phone call records, there is a spike in GBV cases that needs an upward reporting and NIGEE will follow up cases until it is closed.
Conduct an assessment to explore and understand the effects of COVID-19 on the lives of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in Nyanza region. We target at least 1,000 girls since with the various levels of lockdown, there have been job losses, increased reports of SGBV and other forms of abuse, and with reporting and support systems disrupted by the same measures, it is critically urgent to find out how vulnerable populations such as AGYW are coping and whether there is any support NIGEE and its partners can offer to make it easier for them.
A total of 15 beneficiaries have gone through girl led media training and the girls' advocates are now ready to spearhead change through their own stories using social media platforms and local media stations! The girls' advocates and mentors from both Kuria East and West sub-counties in Migori County joined the training to strengthen their grassroots advocacy movement to End Child marriage and FGC during the COVID-19 period! The training focused on community-led innovative dialogues to protect girls from harmful practices, storytelling/writing, group formation, managing group dynamics, good leadership qualities and decision making. The sessions were participatory and interactive hence providing hands on strategies to sustain the action through teamwork.
“I am a NIGEE beneficiary from Kisumu County; COVID-19 is uprooting my daily life. I am no longer able to afford a sanitary pack and luckily NIGEE came through just in the nick of time. Right now, you can help by making a donation!”
“Your generosity is key to the success of our dreams. We are so grateful for the continuous support of our donors and volunteers”
Thank you again for supporting this project – you have made a tremendous impact in our community and We look forward to resuming original programming once it’s safe to do so.
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