Today our Changemakers 365 team is in Somalia. We’ll be focusing on meeting some of the needs that come from Ramadan taking place during a pandemic. We’ll also be providing some long-term support for COVID prevention! Since COVID-19 things have become much more difficult for the residents of the Nasa-Hablood Camp. Food supplies have been limited and PPE’s have been virtually non-existent. During the time of Ramadan, much of the celebration takes place around food and our staff wanted to make sure this community had a great Ramadan! They brought food parcels filled with wheat flour and other goods to make samosas, one of the favorite Somali dishes! We also provided PPE’s so that the community can keep themselves and others safe during this time. Great work Changemakers team! … [Read more...] about Samosas For Everyone!
Changemakers 365 is back in Nakivale. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been lots of misinformation going around and we are here to help set the record straight. “The community needs a continuous reminder about the preventive measures of the coronavirus and with the megaphones, the community leaders will through giving out the messages to the community members,” said Mr. Kanyaryeru Andrew the community service assistant. Changemakers 365 supported the community and the frontline staff manning the intervention with the 6 megaphones to ease sensitization and awareness about the pandemic. The megaphones will allow staff to disseminate messages about the pandemic and its preventive measures like handwashing, social and physical distance, and wearing face masks in public places. “The megaphones can help us in spreading other messages like the SGBV prevention measures by community activists in this lockdown where we are unable to gather people for awareness-raising. The … [Read more...] about Extra! Extra! Hear All About It!
Today we are back in Nakivale and we are tackling handwashing! COVID-19 has brought handwashing into the spotlight in a way like never before. One of the main measures that can be uses to prevent infection is handwashing and so we wanted to make sure refugees have access to handwashing facilities. The problem is that the current handwashing facilities are high touch but lucky for us Opportunigee is here to save the day! Opportunigee developed an amazing handwashing foot pedal that allows the washer to turn on and off the water without touching anything. “This mechanized handwashing facility will help us improve on the handwashing practice in the community and everyone who will visit this office must wash hands before entering any office because this is the only way we are able to fight this disease. Thank you for the partnership and also supporting the district in the implementation of the government directives,” said the Refugee Liaison Officer. Together with … [Read more...] about Hands-free Handwashing
In the wake of COVID-19, Changemakers 365 teamed up with Opportunigee Women group– a community-based group comprised of 15 members, to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The group was initially engaged in bar soap making and distribution at the reception Centre. Because of the importance of soap availability, Changemakers 365 saw a new way to partner with Opportunigee Women, through soap making! We were able to provide enough materials to make 8,000 bars of soap! This soap was distributed to the newly settled refugees in Nakivale! “From the time the pandemic was officially announced in Uganda the prices of essential items like soap have gone high and UNHCR distributes 2 pieces of soap on monthly basis per individual but considering health guidelines, it is not sufficient for washing hands, bathing and washing clothes, Bar soap is one of the most wanted items for the cleaning at the household level and in this period of time more cleaning and hand washing is required this makes … [Read more...] about Scrubbing Away to Keep the COVID at Bay
It’s no surprise that masks are in high demand in Nakivale refugee settlement. Just like where you live, masks are encouraged and an important part of keeping yourself and others safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Probably also similar to where you live, masks are more difficult to come by, this is where Changemakers comes in! We quickly found a women’s tailoring group who had more students then machines to teach on. “I only have two tailoring machines and yet I have 6 people to train so they have been coming in shifts and it does not give me time to rest because I have work the whole day to fulfill my shifts and ensure that my students get services,” says the trainer at Kiretwa center. Quickly, we procured 4 new sewing machines for the group to expand their operation! These machines will train more people and also help increase income from the masks that they make. “I would like to thank ALIGHT for bringing these machines in our village because they are going to help our … [Read more...] about Stitching Together Community Health
Today our COVID-19 response brings us to the Nakivale refugee settlement in Uganda. We will be dealing with an important issue: housing. The new arrivals at the Nakivale reception center all stay in providing group shelters but due to social distancing rules, they were kicked out of their temporary houses and left with no one to go. Our staff saw this and knew that we could not leave them out on their own and with no houses, so they got right to work! They quickly began construction of houses for these families to move into and have a place to call home. Thanks to the quick work of our staff, the houses were finished in not time! “There was too much crowding at the reception center which couldn’t allow us to observe the social distancing, I am so happy for having this house that Alight has constructed for me. Asante saana Alight," said Mr. Nsanzamukiza Augustin, one of the owners of his new house. This change made possible by Tradition Capital Bank. … [Read more...] about A Place to Call Home
Today our COVID-19 brings us to El Neem, Health Facility in the Internally Displaced (IDP) Camp in East Darfur, Sudan. During these difficult times the team wanted to come up with a way to Spark Joy while ensuring that our customers observe social and physical distancing! Our team came up with a wonderful idea of drawing smiley faces as demarcations for spacing in the facility. The idea behind using smiley faces is to lighten up our customer’s mood and remove fear when they visit the facility during these hard times. Besides the floor, the team also marked the sitting benches in the facility using colored sprays. Taking the lead, Dr. Badreldin Abduelnabi who has been working with Alight in El Neem facility, as the Maternal and Child Health Technical Coordinator applauded the idea – saying “this approach supports our health facility front line staff and clients alike by providing safety.” Excited by the process of marking, Halima Yahia, a visiting customer couldn’t hide her … [Read more...] about Smiles on Benches and Faces
Today our COVID-19 response takes us to the resilient people of Kalma camp in South Darfur Sudan. As the whole world is fighting COVID-19 our team in South Darfur is doing the doable by making sure our service points are safe for the people. Our team's idea was to get supplies to draw marks on the floor and benches to ensure that our community understands and is practicing social distancing. Musa Adam Supply Chain Officer and Kalma Camp Focal Point said, “These marks are not only reminding our customers to take care of each other by maintaining safe distance but are also providing people an opportunity to start a conversation about maintaining distance. There have been discussions around “what are these marks and why these are there?” he also added “I had a conversation with one of our customers while we were drawing the social distancing marks, her name is Halima Ibrahim about the marks and COVID-19, she said, “I am following all the guidelines that the health team inside the … [Read more...] about Social Distancing in Kalma Camp
Our global coronavirus response has taken us back to Tijuana, Mexico, and to the Jardin de las Mariposas house. Our Changemakers team is well acquainted with the house, a place that is full of community and is deeply passionate about supporting the LGBT community in Tijuana. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, the house is, unfortunately, not currently accepting new residents in an attempt to protect the current residents as best as they can. But it’s also hard to do that when you don’t have the supplies you need to do so. So, we decided to get them some more emergency relief supplies that they would be able to use to the house squeaky clean. This included things like alcohol wipes, cleaning sprays, gloves and a first aid bag! This change made possible by Tradition Capital Bank. … [Read more...] about Squeaky Clean
Today we are at Rubondo secondary school in Nakivale. In order to finish secondary school, you must complete the final exams which require a lot of preparation. For the students of Rubondo, when the sun is gone so are your chances to study. This gave our staff the idea for today’s Changemakers 365 - solar powered lights! These lights will help illuminate students’ studies, increase safety, and overall makes for a better environment at the school. “I am going to encourage parents to send their students for evening classes to help them boost their performance because the school is fully lighted and will support both the secondary and primary students in their reading, thank you Alight for the support to the school.” Said one of the parents of the school. Now the students will have increased time and opportunities to study! … [Read more...] about Secure and Solar