ALG Emergency Fund - COVID19 Mozambique
Why we need your help
Wherever you are, we hope you are staying safe.
Since the beginning of the Emergency State in Mozambique with the government declaring a nationwide lockdown, many prevention measures were implemented (mandatory wearing of face masks, cl eaning hands, social distancing, prohibition of children walking on streets). As a recent summary, as of July 2020:
- Many households lost their income source from trading or low-income activities increasing local hunger and limiting access to hygienic products.
- Social distancing, lack of digital resources and closures of schools have severely hampered children’s access to education.
- ALG has sought to secure these basic needs with most families from its c.2 ?500 direct beneficiaries through the distribution of basic Food and Hygiene baskets.
- ALG are also in the process of distributing basic Farming Kits to some of our beneficiaries.
- ALG have also been in constant Contact with most of the children through a network of phone, WhatsApp and neighbour contacts, kept through the continued employment and engagement of all our Local Staff through telework or reduced office hours.
Education continues to be the key element of change driving the ALG Mission. On this area, the government has tried to keep up academic engagement by established a procedure for teachers to distribute academic worksheets for the children to complete at home.
- While these are announced as free sheets, the state has no funds to print these for wide distribution and therefore interested parents need to purchase copies at school centres or copy these exercises from the templates attached to the school windows.
- The reality is most of the ALG beneficiaries do not have the resources to purchase these copies and in many cases the parent is too illiterate to copy these exercises fully unless children go directly (defeating the purpose of children being kept at home)
- Some children in Mozambique receive these exercises from WhatsApp groups but again most of the ALG beneficiaries don't have the equipment to either receive them or any remote online work.
Total Spend YTD of £17 ?706 related to the Covid-19 pandemic has been incurred until July 2020. These costs have been co-financed between UPG and ALG. Investment has been applied towards a variety of objectives that address the pandemic suffering near-term as well as minimize the negative effects in the long-term:
- Our intervention has focused on the immediate relief of poverty by addressing rising hunger (food baskets, crop seeds on sweet potato and peanuts)...
- Strengthening awareness and contamination effortsfor the disease (face masks, hygiene kits with detergent and soap, teach-ins)...
- And a continued investment in the wellbeing of children both academically and mentally (worksheets, availability of ALG technicians/psychologist for distanced meetings and calls to the family, etc).
As conclusion the Charities Covid-19 related funding has been utilised with an effort to:
- Strengthen the Sponsorship programme, the backbone of the Charity ?s history, whereby children have received an improvedbasic basket home with additional rice, dry beans, soap bars and liquid soap, benefitting 886 children each month.
- Replace school meals at our School Feeding and our Pre-School programmes where children were able to continue receivinga secured meal by means of a food basket instead of the traditional lunch offered by ALG at the now closed schools,benefitting directly 931 children each 2 months and 215 children each month, respectively.
- Launch a mixed pilot project of Poverty Relief and Income Generation providing seeds for domestic crops to all sponsoredand HIV-centre children – peanuts in the region of Xai-Xai and sweet potato in the region of Chokwé, benefiting 558 childrendirectly.
- Investing heavily in our key project in Poverty Relief, the HIV Centre for 38 infected children. Adapting ongoing activitiessuch as Emergency Food & Hygiene Baskets, Home-schooling & Book Club, Opening Hours, Cleaning Schedules & Materials;drawing measures for reopening adapting like refitted Meal and Resting Areas, new stocks of Bedlinen, Towels, Staff &Children Uniforms; and new measures rolled out such as a Screening & Sanitizing Station, new Centre Signage and newShoe Wear, Farming Kits and a Digital Upgrade (All these measures are covered by an ongoing grant with The EgmontTrust).
- No recurrent Technical Education projects or one-off Infrastructure projects such as family huts or community infrastructurehave been promoted or launched, at the moment.
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raised towards £15,000.00 target
Dec 17, 2020
Jun 21, 2020
Guido and Kristina
Jun 17, 2020
Jun 12, 2020
Jun 05, 2020
Jun 03, 2020
B and C
May 28, 2020
May 12, 2020
May 05, 2020
May 03, 2020
Ana and Joao Aranha
Total raised so far
Total plus Gift Aid £12,255.00
Raised offline £2,100.00