The Covid 19 Pandemic: Anxiety and Hope

Olatoun Williams
Posted April 18, 2021 from United States
Widows empowerment program
Widows empowerment program: One the widows collecting the cash award to start a business (1/3)

    The Covid 19 Pandemic is a global calamity that harms the socio-economic, mental, and emotional well-being of people around the world. It is an understatement, to say the least, that this pandemic has impacted people negatively in all countries of the world especially the countries that were badly hit by it. Unemployment, loss of businesses, mental breakdown, anxiety, sense of hopelessness pervade our world in recent times. In the United States that I reside, many people lost their jobs and businesses, and many lives were lost due to the disease. 

 I experienced a great trauma because I work with people with HIV/AIDS whose immune system had already been compromised and as a frontline worker, I was afraid not to contract the disease through them and this gives me worries whenever I prepare for my day's job. Also, some of our co-workers were equally dying of the disease, It was scary around March and April of 2020. I was so scared about this news that I had to result to spirituality to put me through. I will never forget one day that I went to work and it was rumored and alleged that five of my co-workers had the virus, that day I had a serious nervous breakdown that I had to closed from work early to go to the hospital to get tested. Fortunately, I was not positive, but my doctor warned me that I should be careful and not get myself sick or been too anxious. I went home still feeling anxious and did not listen to the news at all, because the death tolls from the disease were rising then. 

 The support system that I had at home and my spirituality helped to sustain me in that period and even till now. Also, my job adheres strictly to the Center for Disease Control guidelines and reduced the number of workers in the workplace to the barest minimum, social distancing is observed and most of us work remotely from home, even till this present moment. 

However, it not all bad stories, I was able to do a lot of things that I couldn't do before and also don't have the time to learn. For instance, I was able to research well for my NGO, The Association of African Professional Women in Diaspora, and perfect all the paper works for registration and other government requirements for effective functioning. I and my team organized and raised money of our own to give Palliatives to indigent people in Nigeria and Cameroun in West Africa. We also raised some funds collectively to support widows whose businesses were lost during the pandemic. My team and I proposed to set up a vocational school in Nigeria for women/girls to learn handcrafts such as making clothes, shoes, and bags. They will also acquire skills in Hairdressing, and interior decorations. We are also planning to work with another NGO that wants to rehabilitate women that are discharged from prison so that they can learn computer skills and other handcrafts they so desire. We are looking for assistance to make this dream come through. We have the site for the vocation already and we are seeking donations such as computers, sewing machines, hairdressing items such as driers, washers, and numerous items for the setup and commencement of the program. We are praying to make a positive impact on the lives of these women in this Pandemic and beyond.

Conclusively, I pray for the world to get rid of this Pandemic so that normalcy can be restored to the globe. I encourage everybody to take the vaccine when it is available and follow your country's CDC guidelines. I took mine about 2 months ago for adequate protection against the deadly virus. I want to encourage us all to summon the courage and be of help to one another in this period, let us check on our families, friends, and neighbors to provide the support needed at this time. Let us come with innovative ideas in our various fields of specialization that will better the lots of other women. I pray and hope that the world will overcome this dreaded virus and normalcy will be restored. 

 N.B the website of my association is apwdcentre.com, Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @Apwdcenter.

I enclosed the pictures of our recent program where we empower the widows in an area in Lagos Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Chidimma
Apr 19
Apr 19

great work. may God bless all you do to empower women and girls.
kudos to you.
With love.
chidimma

Olatoun Williams
Apr 19
Apr 19

Thank you so much for the comment. I really appreciate.

emarxen
Apr 19
Apr 19

Thank you for sharing this- the ups and the downs. And for encouraging others to get the vaccine! So important. Also congrats on your first story!!

Olatoun Williams
Apr 24
Apr 24

Thanks and much love.

jomarieb.earth
Apr 19
Apr 19

Dear Olatoun,
Welcome to World Pulse sister. I am so glad you are well, thriving and sharing in every direction that God sends you. You are an inspiration in the face of adversity. I am in LA,CA, USA. We have had record high infections, that has decreased. We fluctuate according to the level of openings being introduced. The return to normalcy as we knew it may never happen. But we will create and reinvent what normal is and can be for us. We will create our sanity and tolerance. I received a vaccine that was put on pause 2 weeks after I was injected. This is proof that everyone, on all levels from the very top to the very bottom are still figuring things out. Day by day we reassess, reinvent, recalibrate and re-evaluate. You have truly demonstrated that in the midst of being overwhelmed with lemons, we must make gallons of lemonade. Thank your for this share. God bless, and be safe.
Hugs...JoMarie

Olatoun Williams
Apr 24
Apr 24

Hello,
In New York, the number of cases of the infested person have reduced, because the vast majority are using masks and observing social distancing. The people are also reacting positively to the vaccines as many New Yorkers are taking them. I hoped by the end of summer, there will be relief. Please be safe as well. Thank you.

Mariaolsen49
Apr 20
Apr 20

Thank you for the kind, important work you do to make the world a better place!

Olatoun Williams
Apr 24
Apr 24

Thank you.

Urvashi Shivdasani
Apr 20
Apr 20

Well done Olatoun! First, thank you for all your work as a frontline worker. We could not and cannot get through this crisis without you and everything you do to keep the rest of us safe. Second, congratulations on finding hope through all the despair. Your accomplishments through this period are many as you continue to work to help others.

Olatoun Williams
Apr 21
Apr 21

Thanks, I really appreciate your support.

Nini Mappo
Apr 21
Apr 21

Hi Olatoun,
Wow, you are one of the kind hearted and brave who pushed against fear and anxiety to show up for others during the pandemic. Good on you. It sounds scary. So good that you remained in good health.
And now, you extend this kindness and service to other vulnerable women through your NGO to provide hope through the pandemic and post-pandemic. Good on you for reaching out with care and empowerment. May God resource you for all that you have purposed to do. Welcome to World Pulse!

Olatoun Williams
Apr 21
Apr 21

Thank you sister, I really appreciate your comments.

Olatoun Williams
Apr 29
Apr 29

Hi Nini,
Thanks for your encouraging words, it was really scary then, thank God for the strength He gave me to carry on. Best regards.

SWagner
Apr 22
Apr 22

Olatoun - thank you for sharing your story and for being a frontline worker. This pandemic has been so horrible but you are an example of the good and hope that can come from it. The vocational school and rehabilitation programs sound amazing. Keep. up the great work to empower women and bring hope!

Olatoun Williams
Apr 24
Apr 24

Really appreciate! Thank you so much.

Karenday
Apr 22
Apr 22

Congratulations on your first story! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! My prayers are with you and your loved ones.

Olatoun Williams
Apr 24
Apr 24

Thank you for the prayers, Have a great one.

Olutosin
Apr 24
Apr 24

WELLDONE ma. I love good initiatives that target all round development.
That pandemic ehn. Chaii.

Olatoun Williams
Apr 24
Apr 24

Thank you so much for appreciating our endeavors. These encouraging words are needed at this time. Thank you

Geo
Apr 30
Apr 30

Olatoun, what a tremendous impact you're making! Thank you for all the time, patience, persistence, and love you're putting into everything you do.

Alicia LaFemina
Apr 30
Apr 30

Thank you for sharing your stories from the frontlines and for your courage and strength to remain in a position of helping others even with so much anxiety. Hugs to you!

Susu Mohamed
May 04
May 04

Dear Olatoun,
welcome to the world pulse Community.
brave, good work,
i appreciate for empowering women and girls,
Best Regards,
suu