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“In accordance to the situation with the virus , we took it into our own hands as an organization to do the survey with our vulnerable families to see how exactly the situation is on the ground whereby we came to find out that 90% of our clients have highly been affected by COVID-19 pandemic. 30 cases were extremely critical…the ones that got the food support and they represent only 16% of all the needy cases we have,” says Elisabeth, leading Solasa/ Solwodi NGO in the Langas slum in Eldoret. With the support of the County Commissioner and the County Department of Health, Elisabeth and her team were able to conduct the EPUKA CORONA campaign (Stay safe from Coronavirus campaign).
The NGO team implements the Making More Health supported activities, such as awareness measurements, masks production and food distribution
“With the support of Making More Health the Fashion and Design trainer in our vocational training Maurice Okumu assisted by two of our vocational training girls managed to make 370 masks. The masks made are washable and made with cotton material with a filter lining inside to comply with the standard prescribed by the government. Many people have been seeking our support…During our sensitization activities we realised that most families share masks, we had children who wore their mother’s masks and were very dirty which is a major concern and an indication that people are only wearing the masks to comply with the government directive but not for protection purposes.The question of affordability also arose where many families cannot afford buying masks for everyone hence the need to share ,” comments Elisabeth.
They made hand wash soaps, liquid multipurpose soap, detergents and petroleum jelly which formed part of the items distributed to the needy families together with the foodstuffs and masks.
Support for more than 300 people
During this activity, the community was sensitized on COVID-19 pandemic and demonstrations on handwashing was done. Flyers with information on Covid-19 were distributed, masks to the families including the water containers that was given to 30 households. “36 Families were supported with foodstuff that included Maize Flour, Rice, Beans, Green grams, Sugar, cooking oil and wheat flour. Each of the families also received multipurpose soap, Handwash Soap, jik and a bottle of petroleum jelly.”
Who are the beneficiaries?
There is for example Jane’s family, a family of four children. Her mother passed away leaving them with the father who is physically handicapped and doing casual work to sustain the family. Jane had to drop out of school to take care of her siblings and helping the father by engaging in casual jobs and sometimes being taken advantage of by men. Or Ruth, a mother of four children. Her husband got involved in an accident and became totally paralysed. Ruth has no source of income but is a very active member of the community where she has been volunteering to assist as our community facilitator. Or Rose, a blind woman, single mother of 6 children, living in a single mud rental house. … The life conditions of many other people in Langas and other slums around the world looks similar. “The challenge was giving a few and leaving so many without support,” adds Elisabeth.
It’s true – we cannot support all people in need. But this does not mean that we should not support at all. We can continue to safe lives. And we as Making More Health will do. What about you?