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Increasing community resilience in the face of COVID-19


To read our most recent update on our COVID-19 response, click here 

Read below to learn about the projects related to COVID-19 that we are currently supporting.


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KENYA WASHBASINS

Worldwide, news reports talk to the overwhelming strain that the COVID-19 pandemic is putting on healthcare systems. Even the most well-equipped facilities in developed countries are buckling under the pressure.  Africa Foundation works with 5 communities in rural Kenya, where many communities do not even have a direct water supply. Most clinics in these areas do not have beds or capacity to isolate infected patients, and they have a shortage of equipment and medical supplies. The situation is compounded by the fact that these clinics are serving communities in which poverty, malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and diarrheal diseases are rife. In the communities supported by Africa Foundation, whole families live in small one or two room homes in households with scarce water supplies and no running water. With people advised to observe physical distancing and good hygiene habits amidst the pandemic, health experts have constantly reminded that the simple practice of handwashing with soap and clean water is also one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs and viruses.

In addition to helping prevent the spread of COVID, regular handwashing also:

  • reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 23-40%
  • reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%
  • reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16-21%
  • reduces absenteeism due to gastrointestinal illness in schoolchildren by 29-57%

(Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020)

PROJECT

Africa Foundation is aiming to raise funds to provide the following communities in Kenya with 50 liter wash basins to be placed at homesteads to promote handwashing:

Emurutoto Community = 145 Basins

Saparingo Community = 70 Basins

Enkereri Community = 80 Basins

Iltolish Community = 88 Basins

Maasai villages = 20 Basins

Total = 403 basins

Stickers outlining the steps to effective hand washing will also be placed on the side of each basin to ensure proper use and maximize the health benefits of this practice.

FUNDING

To buy 403 handwashing basins for 5 communities in Kenya will cost:

797,800 KES/ $7,598

RoE 105 KES: 1 USD

 

NAMIBIA – Maltahöhe Feeding Program

The Maltahöhe community is situated in the southern part of Namibia, about 300 kilometers south of Windhoek. The community has about 6 000 people, housed in two suburbs; the Andreville location, and Blikkiesdorp informal settlement, which are not serviced by any municipality. The town has been in decline for a number of decades, with extremely limited infrastructure and neither sewerage nor electricity supply. There are just two schools in the town, Daweb Secondary School and its feeder primary school. For a number of years, &BEYOND Sossusvlei Desert Lodge has made weekly visits to Maltahöhe and recognized malnutrition as a major issue in the community. Despite limited resources and infrastructure, the lodge staff established a feeding program, reaching around 500 hungry children living there. Meals are prepared and served in the kitchen and dining hall built by Africa Foundation in 2018.  To date, this feeding program organized by the lodge has fed around 500 hungry children daily.

PROJECT

After the dramatic effects of the pandemic however, there has been a significant increase in the number of children attending in the hopes of receiving a daily hot meal, as lockdown and travel restrictions have had a huge impact on the livelihoods of those living in rural Namibia. Africa Foundation is raising funds to support this incredible initiative to reach those most in need of assistance as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

FUNDING

Africa Foundation aims to raise ZAR 10,000/ USD 690 per month for 6 months, or until guests return to lodges – as guest donations at andBeyond Sossusvlei Lodge have been the main fundraising platform for this initiative in the past.


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