More than 60 new members aboard GivHOPE Train to Combat Poverty during Covid-19 through training on capacity building and small grants worth more than 2 millions African francs.
GivHOPE registered 67 new households last night seeking help to stay active and financially independent during the coronavirus pandemic through training on capacity building for income generating activities. This gathering marked our Phase II launch on sensitization/food bank and grants to the benefit of the C-19 affected/infected people amid the elderly, orphans, widows, street children and other vulnerable persons.
Jointly with the traditional and administrative rulers, we’ve identified 67 households in 7 neighborhoods who will champion and benefit from training on capacity buildings and grants to either expand their small businesses that were ruined during the lockdowns or start a new one in order to support themselves and their family members most of whom are female retirees while expanding our scope of sensitization and food bank to other cities.
After a survey that has permitted us to know exactly who’s who among the beneficiaries and why the choice of each business, a team of 4 volunteers are already in the field to physically locate the different sites prior to grant handover.
It should be recalled that when the Covid-19 stroke out in Cameroon in early March, the most hit cities were Yaoundé and Douala and GivHOPE Africa felt compelled to respond immediately by putting in place an emergency strategy that mattered for the vulnerable populations accounted for more than 17,000 households in 209 neighborhoods. A sensitization campaigns and food bank Caravan was launched on April 11th and toured 14 neighborhoods. The initiative came about after consultation meetings with the traditional rulers and the different stages were widely covered by the national media: print press, radio and TV. In these client communities we organized several awareness campaigns on barrier measures, frequent hand wash or use of sanitizers and gave out 46 bags of rice, 15 cartons of soaps, 5 cartons of tomatoes, 8 cartons of sardines and 8 ballots of clothes for an amount of 5,000.00 US$ equivalent. So far GivHOPE Africa has fed more than 1,000 household in Yaoundé neighborhoods. There are more challenges ahead as new confirmed cases of Covid-19 infected people are surfacing every day in Yaoundé, Douala and other regions of the country. GivHOPE Africa needs more resources to fulfill its commitment and efficiently fight against this pandemic, especially among the vulnerable people such as the elderly ones, nursing mothers, health soldiers that help the sick day and night and others in need. Its relief efforts need around 45,000.00 US$ to complete its mandate towards its current client communities and at the same time go to the rural areas as done in Ntonga (West Region of Cameroon) on April 25th. Today, there are an overwhelmed number of new cases in the rural areas such as the East, Far North, North West and West Regions just to name these few and GivHOPE Africa goal is to attend to the vulnerable people in these regions, too. For instance the epidemiological situation shows one hundred and eighty-seven (187) new confirmed cases bringing the total Covid-19 positive to 4,288 cases and 156 deaths vs. 1,543 recovered (Ref. Ministry of Public Health on May 22, 2020). The situation is dire than thought and the needs even greater because the recovered ones also need follow up and this is the reason why we’re again on the ground to show our solidarity to those who can’t make it on their own.
Should you want to show your generosity and compassion and/or that of your community members so that we be able to continue to do this essential emergency work, please share this widely across your networks or go to GivHOPE Africa website at https://www.givhopeafrica.org and hit “Donate now” button or if you want to use credit card or PayPal to make a donation at the Benevity website at https://mygoodness.benevity.org/community/search?query=givhope&country=120 that provides step by step instructions on how to pledge because each penny counts and can make a huge difference in the recipients’ lives.
THANK YOU for your support. Take care of yourselves and one another and remember to frequently wash your hands!