She says business is good, it always sells out. With the loans she buys cooking oil, sugar and plastic containers to sell the porridge in the school and the market. Amma can earn up to 2000 CFA franc a day which has allowed her to make substantial savings to help her cope with unexpected shocks.
With the profit she can feed her children and reinvest in her business.
Assistance from our network of advisers
Approximately 100 social organizations were stationed in Monrovia during the ebola epidemic but nearly all of them were focused on treating those who had already fallen sick. Early on, Morris Matada identified a need to protect the rest of society from contracting the disease so Action 10 turned to a medical adviser for assistance.
With her help we created a simple plan that IDEFOCS could implement in the urban slums where they worked with former child soldiers. The instructions were simple; everybody needed to wash themselves regularly, avoid physical contact with anybody who had the disease and not to eat bush meat.
20, 000 SEK was raised and sent to the urban slums where IDEFOCS trained local people in the community to spread the information and provide water & soap. Small showers were installed near the entrances to the communities which allowed anybody who had left the area to wash themselves when they came back in. Here, people were also asked to leave items which might carry infected blood or body fluids outside of the community to restrict the spread of disease.
Not one of the 600 people across the three urban slums that we supported contracted ebola – it was all about soap, water and information. All we did was listen to the local experts on the situation and enable them with the resources to solve the problem themselves.
A school play about a local girl
It portrayed a girl and her parents living in the village when a rich aunty who travelled from the city came to take the girl away. The aunty told the parents that she wanted to put the girl into school and give her all the opportunities of living in the city. The parents were reluctant but thought that it was in the girl’s best interest to get an education and decided to let the girl go with the aunty.
But instead of putting the girl in to school, the aunty put her to work in the house carrying water, cleaning and doing other chores. This is a sad fact of life for many children in Togo where children’s rights to basic education are not always recognized and children are vulnerable to exploitation.
Our visibility to the whole community
One day, a friend of the girl visits her and tells her about a group of people who have come to village to help the children achieve in school. Together, they find a way to reach out to Action 10 and SEVIE for help, who were there to listen and offer assistance.
Thanks to the success of our programme in raising awareness about children’s rights and education throughout rural Togo, S.E.VIE were able to approach the girl’s parents with a better option for everybody – bringing her back to her family and attending the local school.