Intervention and Response Under COVID-19 Pandemic

by New Bright Community Development Center
Intervention and Response Under COVID-19 Pandemic
Intervention and Response Under COVID-19 Pandemic
Intervention and Response Under COVID-19 Pandemic
Intervention and Response Under COVID-19 Pandemic
Intervention and Response Under COVID-19 Pandemic
Intervention and Response Under COVID-19 Pandemic
Intervention and Response Under COVID-19 Pandemic
Intervention and Response Under COVID-19 Pandemic
Intervention and Response Under COVID-19 Pandemic
Intervention and Response Under COVID-19 Pandemic

School-absenteeism and dropout are common problems among school girls in Ethiopia during the menstruation period. The problem seems high in rural areas but girls who live in town also faced the challenge.

As part of the intent to give all-around services for adolescent school girls in the two selected government-owned local schools, it was revealed in a joint need assessment that many girls remain to have difficulties getting appropriate sanitary pads in most circumstances. It is observed that the problem significantly affects school girls, and consultation results showed that many are not motivated to go to school during their menstrual period, and miss classes for a number of days. Knowing this fact as an initial intervention NBCDC supported 200 school girls to access sanitary pads every month to the end of the school year. The support gives relief to the girls, their families, and the school community. 600 hundred packs of sanitary pads have been distributed since September 2021.  The distribution took place initially by facilitating MHM (Menstrual Hygiene Management) orientation session for targeted school girls, through health professionals, and was able to bring an open and interactive discussion before the distribution. 

 

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Girls and females do take priority impacted by Covid. Following the outbreak of the pandemic, schools were shut down and students remain at home. Researches indication girls and young women are the first to be removed from school and the last to return. In Ethiopia, schools had been opened months. The system is totally different compare to before Covid. Although students back to school, most girls couldn't make it, even those who were able to back are not consistent attendants. The lesson delivery schedule at school is changed to minimize the risk of transmission of the pandemic. The classes are given every other day, therefore, the time allocated to the lessons is reduced by half. Due to this and other reasons, students in general girls, in particular, are negatively affected.   
To mitigate the problem and make the girls attend the school attentively, a new program was designed and implemented in collaboration with local schools. Among the activities incorporated in the program, providing extra classes and inspirational sessions, students are given training that enables them to enhance their interest and effectiveness in their education, sensitization workshops to students' parents and caregivers are the major ones. students who will sit for the national exams also have been trained on effective study skills and how to manage their emotions pre, during, and post-exams. So far we have reached 125 girls in different grade levels. 
we are grateful for all the kind support that enables us to motivate school girls to remain focus on their education. 
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The pandemic effects remain tough for the world, especially for those living in poverty. To share the day-to-day burden at least provides them the daily consumption. COVID left most of the families unemployed fully or earn a small amount of money that couldn’t cover the family expense the project effectively achieved its plan for the last three months.   

In the last three months, the project able to provide a monthly basket of food for one hundred and ten households on average 550 people are directly benefited. The food basket contains 2 liters of cooking oil, 4packs of pasta, 4 kilos of rice, 4 kilos of wheat flour, 3 kilos of sugar. Regarding hygienic materials hand and cloth soaps, a litter of sanitizer, and sanitary pads are provided.

Following back-to-school, there was additional demand for facemask and sanitizer. Hence, the project provided more re-usable facemasks and litters of sanitizer. As the students stayed less time at school compared to before COVID, they need extra support on their education. Provision of books, provision of additional notes and worksheets, continual follow-up, and checking done by the mentors have made them motivated and focus on their education. 

The families have been witnessed how the support meant to them. It is not only covering their daily consumption but reduces the level of stress among the member of each family, it protects them to expose on the risky situation for COVID, support their children emotionally stable.

Each of the contributions made by individuals impacts people's lives positively. It has given relief for each child and individual and family as an institution. On behalf of each individual, I want to send a heartfelt thank you to each of the donors who helped us to support the families and stay safe.  

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The adverse effect of the pandemic affected the world especially the low-income communities. Constituents of the project are among the destitute that are highly affected by the adverse effect of the pandemic. Following your generous support, the project able to address the economical, psychosocial, and health aspects of the target children and their families.

The undertaken activities for the last three months are; provision of food items, protective materials, sanitizer, soap, sanitary pad to girls on a monthly bases. Other ongoing activities to address the psychosocial need and skill enhancement are virtual mentorships to 100 children, and artistic skill through home-based painting and string art training to 40 students.

To date, 360 facemasks, 140 liters of sanitizer, 320 soaps, 320 litters of cooking oil, 770 pounds of sugar, 979 pounds of flour, 704 pounds of rice, 990 pounds of Macaroni, and 270 sanitary pads have been provided to 80 families. On average 320 people have been benefiting from your big-hearted support.

We are immensely grateful for your humane support and kind heart to positively impact the lives of many. I am sending you love and gratitude on behalf of the constituents and New Bright community. 

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New Bright Community Development Center

Location: Addis Ababa - Ethiopia
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Tsedale Kinfu
Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
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