Dear AfriWomen Family,
I hope that you and your families are well and staying safe during these unprecedented times. As a result of the scope and the persistent severity of the Covid-19 pandemic, the way we work will be adversely affected. We are prioritising the health and safety of our members, beneficiaries and support staff.
Nevertheless, we aim to continue supporting you all per Government, and local community guidelines in the prevention of any further spread of Covid-19. Therefore, we have implemented a continuity plan targeted at ensuring that our programmes will continue to run. Our efforts are even more committed to strive for and ensure that women are better equipped with adaptable skills to assist and sustain them during this period and its accompanying economic turmoil.
To ensure that we are up to date with the pandemic’s impact, our continuity plan will be regularly monitored and reviewed. I believe that our core values of respect, integrity, diversity, humility and stewardship will keep us grounded in our approach. Furthermore, it will ensure that we remain committed to our mission: the empowerment of women through entrepreneurship initiatives.
I also strongly believe that in our diversity we are truly blessed with strengths capable of innovating ideas to achieve and sustain extraordinary feats for ourselves and our community in this difficult time.
We are grateful for all the support and collaborations that keep AfriWomen thriving. We also appreciate the opportunity given to us by our supporters, partners and members to be part of a compassionate community. It is my sincere wish that we stay safe, alive and in good health.
With your generous donations here's how we're responding to the COVID-19 in Osun, Ogun and particularly, Oyo state where we are based.
We aim to distribute 1,500 care packs. It is exciting that we exceeded this target by 230 packs, and that we touched 100s of households including in Osun and Ogun state. Care packs deleivered to communities Notwithstanding the lockdown of state boundaries, we were able to innovate a responsible logistic channel to distribute care palliatives and cash provided by AfriWomen to diverse women in Oyo, Osun and Ogun state. Our partnership included Oyo state-based radi...
We trained towards awareness and prevention. We trained 20 community volunteers and staff to carry out COVID-19 specific awareness campaigns. They host hygiene sessions to promote practices to prevent the spread of disease, especially in communities where water is limited. We are innovating according to development. We are listening and innovating our approaches. With the persistence of the pandemic, curfews within states and extensions of lockdown between stat...
We are leveraging the position of trust and leadership that we have established in rural and urban communities to sensitise thousands of people to the realities of COVID-19 pandemic. Constantly our outreach campaigns are sharing up to date information on infection prevention, good hygiene and sanitation practices. Creating awareness and community care at Way of Bible Foundation Community care at Odo Ogun Some testimonials from beneficiaries: &...
We offer counselling with a team of psychologists and local partners. AfriWomen is providing telephone follow-up for psychosocial support. COVID-19 is characterised by a lot of uncertainty that causes anxiety and stress. Surviving the pandemic also requires isolation which is extremely unbearable for many. We are ensuring that we work with empathy and grace in all our approaches. Some testimonials from participants: “I am glad that I attended AfriWomen COVI...
As the fasting period approaches, we have increased food distribution to the Muslim communities across Ibadan metropolis and we are running information campaigns in those communities also. AfriWomen gives Care pack to Muslim community during Ramadan
We never lost sight of the impact of the pandemic on SMEs and entrepreneurs. We have created a task force, composed of members from our working party on SMEs and entrepreneurship, to consistently monitor and assess the situation, consider how it affects operations including supply chains, logistics, grants, staff and consequently, threatens their income. We are using the outcome of our working party to support our AfriWomen entrepreneurs with innovative initiatives in areas including incre...
The United Nations stated that the number of people globally suffering from serious food shortages could nearly double in 2021 due to COVID-19 and its economic impact. COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the threat of food security in Nigeria. Food prices nearly doubled in just three months. At the onset of the raining season, we launched a revolving system to assist women farmers to secure more land for planting and livestock rearing, access quality inputs, strategise on the economy of scale an...
Short video of Volunteers preparing the AfriWomen Care Packs for distribution.
An overview of AfriWomen care packs and some contents of the care pack.
A testimonial from a beneficiary of AfriWomen care pack during the pandemic period.
Official help lines managed by State Ministries of Health- South West Region
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Source: The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Visit Website
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