SMOAT Christmas Appeal 2020
Why we need your help
2020 has certainly been a challenging year. The COVID-19 pandemic has been global in scale and touched the whole of humankind; it has disrupted economies and challenged health and care services across the world. But health challenges do not affect people equally, and the most disadvantaged communities are disproportionately affected and impacted by disease and malnutrition.
At SMOAT, we have been sad not to be able to run our usual programme of fund-raising events, but we have worked hard to allocate the generous donations of our amazing regular givers. In order to support more projects, we are even more reliant on our annual Christmas Appeal. This year we are supporting two amazing projects which are able to swiftly push ahead in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
Afrinspire – Shallow well project
Afrinspire is a Cambridge-based organisation, established in 1997, which has built trusted relationships with local leaders of grassroots organisations to tackle the root causes of poverty. These dedicated individuals advise Afrinspire on projects to finance and entrepreneurs to support. It benefits huge numbers of people and encourages southern initiatives by building their capacity.
This project will provide basic sanitation systems to a community which has been ravaged by flooding. Lunga district comprises of an archipelago of islands in the Bangweulu Wetlands known as the Lunga Swamps. One of the most rural districts in Zambia, water, sanitation and hygiene coverage on Lunga Island was poor before the floods decimated the existing facilities: only 30% had access to safe water and less than 47% had access to basic sanitation.
Penelope Machipi is their local contact in Samfya on the mainland on the edge of Lake Bangweulu. Penelope has recently coordinated the building of wells in Samfya and can mobilise this local team on the islands. Unlike deep boreholes, which need drilling rigs and expensive equipment to be brought to site, as well as permission to tap deep groundwater, the shallow well is much cheaper and easier to construct.
Based on the other work on the mainland, the well is expected to cost in the region of £1,200.
It could provide clean water for up to 3,500 people. Additional monies raised will help with repairs to existing hand pumps, as well as installations of much needed latrines or further wells.
Chase Africa – Mobile medical clinics
Chase Africa is a Somerset-based organisation that works with local partners in East Africa. The project will fund their mobile outreach health clinics in Kakamega County in the west of Kenya where there is limited access to formal health facilities.
Delivered through Kenyan partner, Community Health Volunteers, the teams identify and engage talented local people from within the community and train them to inform, educate and communicate with their communities about primary healthcare. A big effort is put into letting the community know a mobile clinic will be operating on a certain date. This includes a public address system mounted on a car which visits the area for two days before the clinic arrives, announcements at church services, posters displayed around the region and encouraging head teachers to inform their pupils to tell their parents.
On the day of the clinic, the local teams work alongside professional doctors from Kenya’s health care system who travel from the city hospitals. A range of primary health services are provided, including: HIV counselling and testing, immunisations, nutrition screening, contraceptive implants, treatment for malaria, diarrhoea, respiratory infections, skin complaints like jiggers, worm treatments, and some cancer screening and referrals.
The community health workers play an important role in helping to break myths and misconceptions about family planning. They also talk about general health issues and recently have been exceptionally busy teaching people how to stay safe from COVID. On average, the mobile clinic provides primary health care services and family planning advice to anywhere between approximately 800-2000 people.
These projects are very different but equally as essential. The provision of clean water and access to basic health services should be a basic right for everyone. Unfortunately, they are not and, as a result, many thousands of people in the poorest rural communities in the world suffer unnecessarily. We hope you will feel able to support us this year.
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raised so far
Jan 15, 2021
Jan 03, 2021
Jan 01, 2021
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 27, 2020
Dec 26, 2020
Dec 26, 2020
Dec 23, 2020
Ian and Heather Stratford
Dec 19, 2020
Dec 19, 2020
Total raised so far
Total plus Gift Aid £9,765.00
Raised offline £7,715.00