Nov 8, 2013

Thank you message from Gadan Children

Children of Gadan wearing a new look
Children of Gadan wearing a new look

Dear Supporters of Serendipity Healthcare Foundation,

On our last progress report to you, we had trained 18 women on water filtration using technology of moringa seeds and sunrays with good hygiene practices. we also trained 21 children on how to wash their hands properly and the importance of using soap to wash their hands. 

As a follow up to that we distributed water containers to the children as most of them did not have water containers to take to school, there is a notable differrence in the children as their appearance is clean and they have been practising good handwashing with soap.

For the next phase of our project we would like to cite two to three additional hand pumps and train the care givers of the orphans and vulnerable children we identified during the course of our previous trainings and visit to the community so that they can also have quick access to water, learn about cleanliness and good hygiene practices that will boost their immunity apart from the drugs that they are taking.

We would like you to support our project again and a great way to do so to end the success of what your donation has done for us thus far in year 2013 is during this season of love and giving. There are great incentives and giveaway prizes on up coming challenges by GlobalGiving such as gifts for good, matching donations from unique donors and recurring donations from donors who give three consecutive times. Tell your family, friends and networks about us and put a smile on a child.

Also please feel free to contact me with any question, comment or advice through our email address; serenhealthcare@gmail.com or samirah@serendipityhealthcare.org or call us up between the hours of 9am - 5pm GMT on 234-803-590-5524, 234-802-308-3099. You can also arrange to visit the project site and meet with the commuinty and see the wonderful impact your kind donation has brought to the people.

Thank you once again for your interest and support.

Warm Regards,

Samirah Faruk

Executive Director and Project Leader (SHF) 

Approval from the religious leader to visit them
Approval from the religious leader to visit them
Children of Gadan saying Thank you
Children of Gadan saying Thank you

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Sep 16, 2013

Basic Hygiene training for women and children

Training of women on local filtration
Training of women on local filtration

Dear SHF Supporters,

The last time you heard from us we had commissioned two handpumps which your kind donation and generousity has helped the children of Gadan have access to water.

Now, with your continued support we have had two separate trainings for the women and children on local water filtration and good hygiene practices within the past two months. We have trained the first batch of 18 women who will now cascade down this knowledge to other women. They were taught how to filter their water for drinking through the use of "Zogale" (Moringa seeds); Fatima Shuaibu a mother of five had this to say; "I never knew that zogale (moringa seeds) could be used to make water clean, now i clean up water which i put in bottles and sell to other women in my community at 50naira", Another trainee Indo Yushau also said; before now I only wash my hands with water without soap sometimes with ash but now having known that it is important to wash my hands everytime with soap, i will do so"

21 children from the two wards where the handpumps were cited were taught on how to wash their hands properly and the importance of using soap to wash their hands. A mini competition was done between the two wards to see which child will wash their hands the cleanest and Salaha Usman from Zauren Mallam won. She was rewarded with a trip to the Kano Zoological Garden. After the training, the children went home with washing up items such as bathing soap and washing soap.

As we have cited two handpumps and awareness of good hygiene practice has been established; for our next phase we would like to cite two more additional handpumps and train more women and children on good hygiene practices as during the course of our trainings we found out that there were orphans and vulnerable children who were affected by tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS that require close access to water to ease and boost their immunity.

We would like you to support our project again and a great way to do so is raise funds for us this month of September on a fundraising challenge through GlobalGiving.org as there are giveaway lovely prizes for our supporters who raise the most funds and unique donations; just click on the "Get Involved" tab and get started to create your own fundraising project on behalf of "Serendipity, Help a child project"; Tell your friends, family, network and help us put a smile on a child.

Please feel to contact me with any question, comment or advice at serenhealthcare@gmail.com or samirah@serendipityhealthcare.org. Thank you once again for your interest and support.

Warm Regards,

 

Samirah Faruk

Executive Director and Project Leader (SHF) 

Hand washing practice training for women
Hand washing practice training for women
Children taught good hygiene
Children taught good hygiene
handwashing
handwashing
Clean hands
Clean hands
Handwash competition over with wash items
Handwash competition over with wash items

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Jun 28, 2013

Commissioning/hand over to community

Installation of Hand pump
Installation of Hand pump

Gadan commuity members contributed towards the site for the drilling of the hand pumps after their village meeting and also formed part of the team that implemented the drilling through labour, four youths were also taught maintenance methods on the handpumps which they are required to maintain after every three months due to usage; this has ensured the acquisition of skills which they can use to earn income by servicing neighbouring villages handpumps. During the course of the drilling of the hand pumps, a block making industry sprang up from the use of mud to make local bricks that will be dried and used for building of houses. The industry is being overseen and supervised by the Gadan Youths Association whence any income from sales within and outside of the Gadan village will be spilt into three folds; salaries, purchase of local mud making equipments and money kept for maintenance of the hand pumps.

A memorandum of understanding between the Gadan Youths Association and our organisation is being signed so that an overseer from the association will be ssigned to take care of the handpumps from vandalisation, maintenance of handpumps.

After about a week of installation, pumping and testing, water quality analysis, we successfully commissioned and handed over the two hand pumps to the community.

This has completed the first stage of our Hygiene Improvement Programme which is a three pronged approach of provision of access to water (Installation of hand pumps), hygiene promotion (using environment, HIV/AIDS, malaria and gender equality as means for promotion of healthy behaiviours) and inclusion of the community into the local council policies. 

Strike of water on site
Strike of water on site
community members working with the team on site
community members working with the team on site
community members helping on project
community members helping on project
Sagiru making blocks from mud
Sagiru making blocks from mud
Mud blocks as a result of access to water
Mud blocks as a result of access to water
Commissioning of project by state representative
Commissioning of project by state representative
Project Leader handover to community
Project Leader handover to community

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