Proposal for Covid-19 Palliative
The impact of COVID-19 pandemic globally is well known to all of us. Daily media reports of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and subsequent death in America, Spain, Italy, Iran, France and so many other countries are graphic and worrisome (we hope and pray for medical remedies soon, perhaps a miracle). A major worry is what will become of Nigeria and its two hundred million people with the dearth of need for life-saving medical and material resources in the impending outbreak of the virus.
While the rate of infection may now seem marginal, it is increasing in exponentially – more people, especially children are becoming sick, and more are dying as a result of a panic situation created by the government in the name of curtailing the COVID-19 outbreak.
Recently, the Nigerian government imposed a strict lockdown, social and economic, The fact is that everything is currently shut down with no PLAN B to help the massive number of people who have small businesses or work at menial jobs, leaving them unable to feed themselves and their families as they stay at home.
While the lockdown is likely necessary; nevertheless, alternative measures could have been put in place to ensure that the people are not only protected from becoming COVID-19 positive and safeguarded from illness and death caused by chronic conditions and hunger. The situation is exacerbated by the lockdown being enforced by heavily armed and ruthless security operatives whose presence create more panic.
In the U.S., a shelter-in-place order is in position, but there are strategies in place to assist the U.S people throughout the pandemic and after. In viewing the media, I have seen that in U.S., people are in their homes, working from at home, and the government is offering some measures – such as deductions in some payments, suspension of house bills, mortgage loans, delayed tax filings, and checks for everyday living. In a way, people are not working but have minimal bills to pay. Many businesses and organizations are offering free meals to those in need each day.
The case is different in Nigeria as people are not allowed to work or to do any business to earn money; yet they must pay their rent, pay for electricity, buy sanitizers, and buy their own food and dairy products at even 100% increase. Simply stated, the government has nothing in place to alleviate the pain and suffering of the people who are already experiencing panic attacks watching or hearing about the increasing number of deaths as a result of the virus and hunger.
Even greater worry is that there are no visible signs that the government is prepared to contain the Coronavirus that is increasingly spreading across Nigeria. We have already 200 cases and the intensity of the spread is alarming. The questions that need to be answered include: What are the poor masses – 89% of the population – to do in the face of this crisis? What can OneHopeChildren do to offer some assistance?
WHAT ONEHOPECHILDREN WANTS TO DO
OneHopeChildren is a nonprofit organization committed to delivering a better world for African children. Our focus has always been to tend to the needs and welfare of children and poor parents, especially those living in rural areas. OneHopeChildren is as prepared as anyone for this moment of unprecedented global crisis. As always, OneHopeChildren stands ready to feed and provide materials as soon as possible for the many families, children and women in need. As a global public health emergency, COVID-19 has not been limited to any one place; it is pulverizing the economies of many areas and countries as it rolls across the world. Simply put, our people need money to eat, and there is a great need for medical supplies to protect themselves from the ravaging virus.
At times like this, we cannot fold our arms and watch children die at home in large numbers from hunger and other curable diseases due to Nigeria’s unorganized, lockdown of the nation. We cannot watch them, and their families die in large numbers because no one could provide them with sanitizers and other medical materials needed to protect them.
WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST AND WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW
It was during the 2017 outbreak of typhoid, cholera, malaria and other waterborne diseases that OneHopeChildren cut through government bureaucracy to fill the leadership vacuum and provide, thanks to committed donors, clean water borehole project for over 10,000 children, men & women at two locations in the village of Awhum. The same committed donors have sponsored over 95 children through primary, post primary and tertiary education. OneHopeChildren, from a niche nonprofit supporting education and healthcare needs of African children, has been a notable first responder for children and elderly men and women in need of education, water, food, shelter and medical care.
OneHopeChildren is already distributing in a small amounts – food; cooked meals; water in villages and low-income neighborhoods and in thickly populated cities like Abakpa, Emene, Coal camp; monitoring the other neighboring cities and villages for food shortages, some sure to be acute. In the meantime, OneHopeChildren is a lesson of leadership in crisis. In a disaster in which the response of the Nigerian government has been not only slow, muddled, apathetic and insensitive, OneHopeChildren in partnership with its committed donors models readiness behavior that is nimble, confident, proactive to the general public needs in a crisis. Thus far, OneHopeChildren-donors have provided more reliably than the government.
OUR PLANS IN THE FACE OF THE LOCKDOWN AND COVID-19 PANDEMIC
- We have expanded our plans to engage food retailers to begin delivery of raw food, dairy products, beverages and some cash handouts to the very poor households within carefully selected parts of Enugu State.
- We have identified the need for provision of drinking water, baby formula, and sanitary materials, and we are engaging truck drivers to facilitate the delivery.
- We plan to help some households pay for their power bills to enable them have power as they stay in doors.
- We plan to engage the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and retailers/dealers on medical materials to purchase general fumigation-disinfectant cleaner spray and items such as hand glove, face mask, sanitizer to deliver to families for use against COVID-19
- OneHopeChildren plans to engage some book publishers to deliver a set of 10 fun, but academic, novels (each is $3) for many primary and secondary school pupils in our community and neighboring communities to make their month-long out-of-school time meaningful and productive. All those who will receive the novels will be required to submit a summary of each novel to their teachers as a take home assignment.
These plans can only be brought to fruition with generous contributions and donations of friends and donors of OneHopeChildren. Your previous support and encouragement has heartened us that you will support us in this effort. More importantly, this request for support is an urgent one.
No amount is too small. You can support a family’s needs for two weeks with $100. We hope you will support as many families as you can.
Dear friends, as a Priest, I am charged with providing our community and rural people not just with the good news of Jesus Christ but with materials to alleviate their immediate physical suffering due to the COVID-19 crisis. I will continue to pray, preach and bless them spiritually and materially just as Christ would have done. We will get through this together.
You will receive report of what your financial support will help us to achieve.
Thank you in advance and God bless you. All Glory to our God Almighty, the Father and Protector of all.