No One Should Go Hungry during COVID-19 Lifespan: Phase II
When 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.
It shall be recalled that on March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a global pandemic, reaching more than 118 countries and affecting hundreds of thousands of people. In response, communities across the globe came together through food grants to assist affected regions with urgent response system and support. Alike the world, Cameroon also faced the Corona virus pandemic and thousands wondered every day where their next meal might come from. This pandemic had just at the begun. GivHOPE Africa vulnerable populations faced big difficulties to get easy access to food during these hard times. GivHOPE Africa needed ambitious preparedness plans to be implemented very quickly. To combat food insecurity due to corona virus among its selected target groups, GivHOPE Africa implemented fundraising and food bank strategies that could help provide food and other urgent services to those in need, the goal being to mitigate hunger and poverty in the communities, fill the basic need of hungry and at risk people, empower them through social service programs and raise awareness campaign about the disease. GivHOPE Africa wanted to respond to the acute needs of elderly people, nursing mothers and medical staff and confined family members during this period of COVID-19 on food, water, sanitizers and others. The pilot projects concerned Douala and Yaoundé that had already registered the biggest number of people infected or affected by COVID 19 at the time; but now almost the 10 regions of Cameron are infected or affected with many confirmed cases and the need for more help from all is crucial.
We rely on your generosity and compassion and that of our community members to be able to continue to do this essential emergency work. We heartfelt thank those who have supported our initiative by generously giving.
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THANK YOU for your support. Take care of yourselves and one another and remember to frequently wash your hands!
Sunday, December 31, 2023
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