Covid-19 in Our Poor Community

Ada Africa
Posted June 15, 2020 from Nigeria
Few of the palliatives

Effect of Covid19 on the Poor Masses in our Community

 The Covid-19 is a period we'll never wish to occur again. This period has been a trial time for many poor families in the slums and rural communities where Whispering Hope Africa Initiative works. Hunger seems to an additional virus to the already existing virus.

 Most families who depend on daily income barely feed three times per day.  Their children look malnourished because they barely feed well. Most private school teachers have gone bankrupt. Crime rate is on the increase because some idle youths resorted to stealing to feed and some other crimes like rape since "an idle mind is a devil's workshop".

 How We Responded to the Evolving Crisis:

Whispering Hope Africa Initiative (WHAI), a non-governmental organization, whose mission is to better lives of slum/rural youth and people living with HIV (PLHIV) through capacity building, venture creation and access to resources, worked on the project tagged "Covid-19 Emergency Food Support". The aim of this project was to provide food to the people living with HIV in the slum/rural communities.

The project was carried out in partnership with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.  300 poor households got rice, beans, noodles, tomato paste, vegetable oil and curry.  They were so elated and expressed their joy and hope of feeding well in the weeks to come.

 WHAI team used same opportunity for food distribution to sensitize, educate and counsel the beneficiaries. With this project, WHAI was able to reach out to 39 communities and 300 beneficiaries.

 Challenges:

 During the project, it was discovered that most of the beneficiaries don't use Smartphone.  Most of them who use/have Smartphone can't make appropriate use of the features/apps like WhatsApp and Email with their phone.   Out of the 300 beneficiaries, only 47 beneficiaries use Smartphone.  In other words, only 15.7% of the beneficiaries use Smartphone and 84.3% has no access to Smartphone.

This makes is challenging passing information to them, engaging with them online and to teach them how to utilize the internet to grow their small enterprise.

Chiamaka Ogham is a social media manager and works for WHAI.

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Jill Langhus
Jun 17
Jun 17

Hi Tessie,

How are you and your family doing? I agree that hunger is a big problem, and almost more so than the virus. Thanks for sharing more about your organization and recent, successful initiative. Do you have a website and/or social media page(s) for us to like/follow?

Hope you and your family are safe and well. XX

Ada Africa
Jun 17
Jun 17

Hi Jill. Thanks and appreciate your concerns. We are coping here.
Website: www.whisperinghopeafrica.com
Blog: https://www.whisperinghopeafrica.com/local2global
Facebook: @WhisperingHopeAfrica
Twitter: @WHAI_ng

Jill Langhus
Jun 17
Jun 17

Hello there:-)

You're welcome. Glad to hear it.

Thanks for your links. I'm following/liking your pages now:-)

Ada Africa
Jun 17
Jun 17

Thanks a lot. Will get in touch too

Jill Langhus
Jun 19
Jun 19

You're welcome.

Chi8629
Jun 17
Jun 17

Hello Beautiful Sister.
Thank you for sharing .
Please stay safe out there .
You are loved .

Hello Ada, thanks so much for sharing this great reach out. i can imagine the joy on their faces when they received food that will take them through a period of time. Hunger is a serious problem and its heart breaking to hear that some people die from hunger. while some throw food on a daily basis. Good work there.

Blessed

Anita Shrestha
Jun 18
Jun 18

Thank you for sharing

Hello, Ada,

Wow, kudos to you and your organization for providing essential needs to 300 families. What an impact!

During this time of social/physical distancing, smartphones are part of the necessities since not everyone can go out. Thank you for raising this issue and for updating us with your pandemic activities.

Please stay safe, dear!

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Dear Ada,
I hope that you are well. Thank you so much for your post and the work that you are doing for your community. Covid19 has affected everyone in the world but most especially the marginalized and vulnerable communities.
Thank you for the updates and please continue with the great work that you are doing.
Have a lovely day.

Kabahenda
Jun 25
Jun 25

Hello Ada,

Thanks very much highlighting Whispering Hope Africa Initiative (WHAI) and its work in reaching 300 poor people in your community.

It is unfortunate that good efforts are being hampered by lack of smart phones.

I get a sense that given that you at least have internet connection, you will soon devise a way of connecting with them.

Here in Canada, people like that benefit from going to Public Libraries that are wired. Thus, they can access information easily.

I assume that there must be at some community centres in your community and would encourage you to explore the possibility and viability of equipping those centres with a computer or two so that a tech-savvy person like you can then access members of the community and impart to them the information or knowledge that they need to benefit from your initiative.

I am glad that you are thinking for food security and wish you all the best in your work.

In solidarity.

Thelma obani 2020
Jun 27
Jun 27

Thanks for all that you do.
Keep winning

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