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Living with the threat of Covid-19 – experiences from Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso & Yemen - part II

nils carstensen
 

Dear all,

Please find link below to the second instalment of accounts of life in the Africa’s Sahel region after the onset of Corona. This document represents a collaboration between L2GP and International Media Support (IMS) with a focus on the role of community media during the the corona crisis.

The short paperKeeping the wheels turningshare examples of living with the threat of Covid-19 part II, experiences from Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. Among other, it documents, in people’s own words, a number of community and citizen action taken in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

You can find earlier updates with examples of community action to Covid-19 at the top of L2GP’s News blog 

All the best

Nils



nils carstensen
Local to Global Protection
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Community responses to Covid-19 in Marsabit County, Kenya

nils carstensen
 

Responding to Covid-19 in Marsabit county, Kenya

Background note to videos produced by Mamo Ali and Darare Gonche, July 2020, for IREMO in Marsabit, Kenya. The videos were produced with support from Christian Aid, Diakonie Kastatrophile and L2GP.

Video 1: Community led responsibility
Watch the video here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/164fRUeQWedT_9NVHTbfCwp2pyOCtrSAl/view

This video is from the community of Hurri Hills, Maikona ward, Marsabit County, Kenya.
Hurri Hills which is a remote and difficult to reach location 170 km from Marsabit town.  It is like a highland in an otherwise desert-like region and receives fairly higher rainfall than the lower surrounding lands. The inhabitants are agro pastoralists, majority keep livestock while few people plant subsistence food crops. It acts as a refuge area for pasture and fodder for the livestock. The surrounding communities usually come in large numbers during the good season and pasture and water is depleted rather very quickly.  However, the people of Hurri Hills have a lot of other challenges as well including poor infrastructure, high illiteracy levels, poverty and lack of law enforcement officer – all this beside the perennial water shortage.

Between the month of June 2019 and March 2020, the community benefitted an initiative implemented by IREMO with support from Christian Aid and L2GP. As a result of this intervention communities were introduced to survivor and community-led crisis responses (sclr). Community took the approach as positive steps towards meaningful engagement whereby community volunteers - locally known as Shepherds” - took up the responsibility of being the eye, ears and voice of the community.

As a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, IREMO also partnered with Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe to support the Hurri Hills community with personal protection, hygiene and sanitation supplies. Simultaneously, the community volunteers took on responsibilities of enforcing curfew guidelines in the absence of anything like regular police in their area.

In the absence of the law enforcement on the ground the Hurri Hills, the community took the matter into their hands to control movements of people in and out of their settlements during this period of covid-19. They did this voluntarily and selected elders, youths and local administration officers (Chiefs) who took guard of the town and watched over any crowd of people in all the business and market areas. The aim is to protect themselves from visitors who could be infected within their environment and to take the appropriate actions to prevent this.  “Waan qabani jiil bahan” is a Gabra saying which addresses a situation where circumstances demand action/intervention. It can also mean that the success of any activity starts with using what you have at hand.

 

Video 2: Positive impact of hand washing
Watch the video here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1j8DKcTNTIk9dh8quCQq4UUVKKo0D9hsr/view


A saying in Marsabit goes: "Hamtu kees Toltun Jirt" – meaning that even bad situation could stir a good effect. During the Covid-19 pandemic there has been increased hand washing observed the communities IREMO work with. As a result, we have noticed was a drastic reduction of diarrhea and eye infections among Loglogo community where IREMO with support of Diakonie Katastephenhilfe has supported distribution of personal protection equipment and sanitation hygiene supplies. This reduction of other diseases was report by Laisamis Sub County Public Health Officer. Darare Gonche of IREMO sees this as a positive impact of hand washing, which has greatly helped community change attitudes towards something, they earlier thought of as a waste of time. “I believe this will now remain as a permanent practice even after Covid-19 leaves us”, explains Darare Gonche.

 

Find more examples of community-led responses to COVID-19 at L2GP’s website.



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All eyes are on local actors’: Covid-19 and local humanitarian action | Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

nils carstensen
 

Hi all,
Please see te link below for ODI HPG new briefing paper: 

‘All eyes are on local actors’: Covid-19 and local humanitarian action


Think many of you will find it interesting.
All the best
nils



nils carstensen
Local to Global Protection
E-mail: nic@...





Re: Citizen and community action towards COVID-19, Myanmar#2 and Yemen video, July 15

ahmedjamal sourani
 

Thank you much Nils for sharing!


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Subject: [community-crisis-response] Citizen and community action towards COVID-19, Myanmar#2 and Yemen video, July 15
 
Dear all,
Please find below updates with examples of citizen and community action to COVID-19 from Myanmar and Yemen.

Myanmar
Learn about the outreach work of Myanmar's Seafarer’s union, net-citizens attempts to curb misinformation via Facebook - the "Covid music men” - and experiences with building a ventilator from scratch:

Yemen
Please use the link below to an English subtitled version of “Yemen - the truth is hidden” - the courageous testimony from a young journalist in Yemen who has made it her calling to attract attention to Yemen’s hidden struggle with Covid-19. The video is shared by the International Media Support (IMS):


Greetings
nils

PS: I’ll soon take a few weeks off but do remember, that you can just continue sharing experience via this e-mail list. Just send your examples, advise or questions to: community-crisis-response@... - and it will go directly to all who have subscribed to the list.


nils carstensen
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E-mail: nic@...





Citizen and community action towards COVID-19, Myanmar#2 and Yemen video, July 15

nils carstensen
 

Dear all,
Please find below updates with examples of citizen and community action to COVID-19 from Myanmar and Yemen.

Myanmar
Learn about the outreach work of Myanmar's Seafarer’s union, net-citizens attempts to curb misinformation via Facebook - the "Covid music men” - and experiences with building a ventilator from scratch:

Yemen
Please use the link below to an English subtitled version of “Yemen - the truth is hidden” - the courageous testimony from a young journalist in Yemen who has made it her calling to attract attention to Yemen’s hidden struggle with Covid-19. The video is shared by the International Media Support (IMS):


Greetings
nils

PS: I’ll soon take a few weeks off but do remember, that you can just continue sharing experience via this e-mail list. Just send your examples, advise or questions to: community-crisis-response@... - and it will go directly to all who have subscribed to the list.


nils carstensen
Local to Global Protection
E-mail: nic@...





Living with the threat of Covid-19 – experiences from Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso & Yemen

nils carstensen
 

Hi all,
Please find link below to a number of accounts of life in the Africa’s Sahel region after the onset of Corona. This document represent an emerging collaboration between L2GP and International Media Support (IMS) with a focus on the role of community media during the the corona crisis:
“This year … it was like we were in a closed bottle…..”
Living with the threat of Covid-19 – experiences from Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso

Please also look up (link below) a mini-series of five corona-films from the Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger in West Africa) produced by Sahelian filmmakers & supported by IMS. The videos offer more glimpses into local realities and the challenges that citizens are facing due to the imposed regulations and restrictions: “Filmmakers from Sahel document life during times of coronavirus”

Also from our colleagues at IMS, a very strong testimony from a young journalist in Yemen who has made it her calling to attract attention to Yemen’s hidden struggle with Covid-19. Watch the account here.
(The soundtrack is in English and Arabic with Danish subtitles - we will let you know, once a version with English subtitles become available.)

You can find earlier updates with examples of community action to Covid-19 at the top of L2GP’s News blog

All the best
nils


nils carstensen
Local to Global Protection
E-mail: nic@...





Re: FW: NOMINATE a Change Maker - Start Network's 10 year anniversary

Alex Carle
 

Great idea.

 

From: community-crisis-response@... <community-crisis-response@...> On Behalf Of Christopher Ball via dgroups.io
Sent: 02 July 2020 12:50
To: community-crisis-response@...
Subject: [community-crisis-response] FW: NOMINATE a Change Maker - Start Network's 10 year anniversary

 

Dear Nils & All,

 

Just an idea, but maybe we want to nominate some people from our community of practice for this Start Network activity (details below)? I think sclr activists and practitioners cover all of the 10 categories.

 

Warm regards,

Chris Ball

DRR Advisor

 

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UK Mobile & WhatsApp: 0044 7896 719 635

Global Mobile: 0044 7452 383 872

Skype: chrisball2002

 

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Subject: NOMINATE a Change Maker - Start Network's 10 year anniversary

 

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Do you work with someone who is driving lasting change in the humanitarian system? 

As part of Start Network’s 10-year anniversary, we will celebrate 10 change makers from within our network who have made or are making a considerable impact within their community, country, region, organisation or the wider system – individuals, teams or organisations that are driving positive change within the humanitarian sector.

 

ABOUT CHANGE MAKERS

Driving the type of systemic change that we are aiming for is a hard, long process, with challenges and even attempts that fail along the way. So, we want to celebrate those individuals, teams and organisations that are grappling with the challenges of systemic change in the humanitarian sector. 

We are seeking your nominations by Monday 3 August 2020.

Please download the nomination pack here in Englishin French, and in Spanish.

 

 

THE CATEGORIES

 

HOW THE PROCESS WILL WORK

  • The change-makers will be found via nominations from across the network, the deadline is Monday 3 August 2020
  • Change Makers will be chosen based on their work around 10 categories
  • Final change makers will be selected by a panel of volunteers
  • The final 10 Change Makers will be celebrated as part of Start Network's Assembly Week and 10-year anniversary celebrations in October
  • Each Change Maker will be asked to participate in a short interview, and we will work with them to develop creative content to show examples of their work within their communities or organisations

 

JOIN THE SELECTION PANEL

  • Volunteers for the selection panel will be required to join a call of no more than two-three hours
  • The selection panel call will be held w/c 17 or 24 August 2020
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FW: NOMINATE a Change Maker - Start Network's 10 year anniversary

Chris Ball
 

Dear Nils & All,

 

Just an idea, but maybe we want to nominate some people from our community of practice for this Start Network activity (details below)? I think sclr activists and practitioners cover all of the 10 categories.

 

Warm regards,

Chris Ball

DRR Advisor

 

DKH_Logo_Kombi-DKH-ActAlliance_2c_2014_en

 

UK Mobile & WhatsApp: 0044 7896 719 635

Global Mobile: 0044 7452 383 872

Skype: chrisball2002

 

From: Start Network <communications@...>
Sent: Thursday, July 2, 2020 11:23 AM
To: chrisball@...
Subject: NOMINATE a Change Maker - Start Network's 10 year anniversary

 

View this email in your browser

Do you work with someone who is driving lasting change in the humanitarian system? 

As part of Start Network’s 10-year anniversary, we will celebrate 10 change makers from within our network who have made or are making a considerable impact within their community, country, region, organisation or the wider system – individuals, teams or organisations that are driving positive change within the humanitarian sector.

 

ABOUT CHANGE MAKERS

Driving the type of systemic change that we are aiming for is a hard, long process, with challenges and even attempts that fail along the way. So, we want to celebrate those individuals, teams and organisations that are grappling with the challenges of systemic change in the humanitarian sector. 

We are seeking your nominations by Monday 3 August 2020.

Please download the nomination pack here in Englishin French, and in Spanish.

 

 

THE CATEGORIES

 

HOW THE PROCESS WILL WORK

  • The change-makers will be found via nominations from across the network, the deadline is Monday 3 August 2020
  • Change Makers will be chosen based on their work around 10 categories
  • Final change makers will be selected by a panel of volunteers
  • The final 10 Change Makers will be celebrated as part of Start Network's Assembly Week and 10-year anniversary celebrations in October
  • Each Change Maker will be asked to participate in a short interview, and we will work with them to develop creative content to show examples of their work within their communities or organisations

 

JOIN THE SELECTION PANEL

  • Volunteers for the selection panel will be required to join a call of no more than two-three hours
  • The selection panel call will be held w/c 17 or 24 August 2020
  • Please email communications@... to volunteer or to ask for further information

SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA IN ENGLISH, FRENCH & SPANISH

Download the graphics below and share on social media with the suggested message: 

Do you work with someone who is driving lasting change in the humanitarian system? @StartNetwork is looking for Change Makers #10yearsofStartNetwork 
https://startnetwork.org/change-makers

  

 






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Today 25 June: Sphere Webinar on community-led response to C-19 guided by humanitarian standards

mato@...
 

This might be interesting to some of you to follow; it's a case from Indonesia, but relevant to discussions around how (if?) we apply the Sphere and other humanitarian standards in community-led response: 
https://spherestandards.org/event/sphere-covid-indonesia/

Sincerely, 
Maja 


Re: Today: webinar on Localising the COVID19 response - focusing on education and child protection

Nanette Antequisa
 

Hi Alex, 

Here is the link to an article about the webinar.

Am not sure if there is a recording. Will check.

Nanette
 
Regina "Nanette" Salvador-Antequisa
Executive Director
Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits, Inc. (ECOWEB)
001 Toribia A. Lluch St., Lluch Compound
Camague, Iligan City 9200, Philippines
T/F: +63.63.2210322      www.ecowebph.com ; www.ecowebph.org
Emails: nanet.antequisa.ecoweb@...

Sectoral Representative, National Anti-Poverty Commission -Victims of Disaster and Calamities Sector (NAPC-VDC) and NAPC-VDC Rep to the NDRRMC
CSO Representative, Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council - Region 10
PSR, RDC-10 Economic Development Committee
Convenor, CLEARNet - Survivor/Community-led Responses to Crisis
Co-convenor, DRRNet Philippines
Co-convenor, Alliance for Empowering Partnerships (A4EP)

"Building Partnerships, Empowering Communities"



On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 9:31 PM Alex Carle <alex@...> wrote:

Is there a video of the event for those who missed it Nanette?

Alex

 

From: community-crisis-response@... <community-crisis-response@...> On Behalf Of Nanette Antequisa via dgroups.io
Sent: 17 June 2020 09:03
To: community-crisis-response@...
Subject: Re: [community-crisis-response] Today: webinar on Localising the COVID19 response - focusing on education and child protection

 

Dear all,

 

I am also speaking in the following webinar today:

 

 

Nanette


Regina "Nanette" Salvador-Antequisa

Executive Director

Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits, Inc. (ECOWEB)
001 Toribia A. Lluch St., Lluch Compound
Camague, Iligan City 9200, Philippines

T/F: +63.63.2210322      www.ecowebph.com ; www.ecowebph.org

Emails: nanet.antequisa.ecoweb@...

Sectoral Representative, National Anti-Poverty Commission -Victims of Disaster and Calamities Sector (NAPC-VDC) and NAPC-VDC Rep to the NDRRMC

CSO Representative, Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council - Region 10

PSR, RDC-10 Economic Development Committee

Convenor, CLEARNet - Survivor/Community-led Responses to Crisis

Co-convenor, DRRNet Philippines

Co-convenor, Alliance for Empowering Partnerships (A4EP)

 

"Building Partnerships, Empowering Communities"

 

 

On Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 3:06 PM Nils Carstensen <nic@...> wrote:

Dear - all just sharing this one - note the time: it's today!

Greetings

nils


From: c4c-signatories@... <c4c-signatories@...> on behalf of Saskia Harmsen <saskia.harmsen@...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 12:06 AM
To: c4c-signatories@... <c4c-signatories@...>; c4c-endorsers <c4c-endorsers@...>; c4c-capacity@... <c4c-capacity@...>; c4c-advocacy@... <c4c-advocacy@...>
Cc: ihsan.albazi@... <ihsan.albazi@...>
Subject: [c4c-signatories] webinar on Localising the COVID19 response - focusing on education and child protection

 

Dear all,

Ihsan, a colleague from Sorouh for Sustainable Development (Sorouh-SSDF) has shared the attached flyer with me for a webinar Localising the COVID19 response.

I believe it is being organized by the global Education Cluster and Child Protection area of responsibility.

 

The webinar may be of interest to you, and is taking place on the 17th (today) at 14:00 Central European Time.

A link to register is included in the flyer.

 

Speakers from local and national NGOs include:

  • Corpocion Infacia y Desarrollo (NGO, Colombia)
  • Center for Protection of Women and Girls (NGO, Nigeria)
  • Sorouh for Sustainable Development Foundation (NGO, Iraq)
  • SOUL Organization (NGO, Yemen)

 

Thank you Ihsan for sharing this flyer with us, in case C4C signatories and endorsers are keen to participate.

 

Very best, saskia

 

SASKIA HARMSEN | Change Manager Charter for Change

Oxfam Global Humanitarian Team | based in The Hague
saskia.harmsen@... | skype: ski_saskia | M: +31(6)53682890 

 

 


Re: Today: webinar on Localising the COVID19 response - focusing on education and child protection

Alex Carle
 

Is there a video of the event for those who missed it Nanette?

Alex

 

From: community-crisis-response@... <community-crisis-response@...> On Behalf Of Nanette Antequisa via dgroups.io
Sent: 17 June 2020 09:03
To: community-crisis-response@...
Subject: Re: [community-crisis-response] Today: webinar on Localising the COVID19 response - focusing on education and child protection

 

Dear all,

 

I am also speaking in the following webinar today:

 

 

Nanette


Regina "Nanette" Salvador-Antequisa

Executive Director

Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits, Inc. (ECOWEB)
001 Toribia A. Lluch St., Lluch Compound
Camague, Iligan City 9200, Philippines

T/F: +63.63.2210322      www.ecowebph.com ; www.ecowebph.org

Emails: nanet.antequisa.ecoweb@...

Sectoral Representative, National Anti-Poverty Commission -Victims of Disaster and Calamities Sector (NAPC-VDC) and NAPC-VDC Rep to the NDRRMC

CSO Representative, Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council - Region 10

PSR, RDC-10 Economic Development Committee

Convenor, CLEARNet - Survivor/Community-led Responses to Crisis

Co-convenor, DRRNet Philippines

Co-convenor, Alliance for Empowering Partnerships (A4EP)

 

"Building Partnerships, Empowering Communities"

 

 

On Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 3:06 PM Nils Carstensen <nic@...> wrote:

Dear - all just sharing this one - note the time: it's today!

Greetings

nils


From: c4c-signatories@... <c4c-signatories@...> on behalf of Saskia Harmsen <saskia.harmsen@...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 12:06 AM
To: c4c-signatories@... <c4c-signatories@...>; c4c-endorsers <c4c-endorsers@...>; c4c-capacity@... <c4c-capacity@...>; c4c-advocacy@... <c4c-advocacy@...>
Cc: ihsan.albazi@... <ihsan.albazi@...>
Subject: [c4c-signatories] webinar on Localising the COVID19 response - focusing on education and child protection

 

Dear all,

Ihsan, a colleague from Sorouh for Sustainable Development (Sorouh-SSDF) has shared the attached flyer with me for a webinar Localising the COVID19 response.

I believe it is being organized by the global Education Cluster and Child Protection area of responsibility.

 

The webinar may be of interest to you, and is taking place on the 17th (today) at 14:00 Central European Time.

A link to register is included in the flyer.

 

Speakers from local and national NGOs include:

  • Corpocion Infacia y Desarrollo (NGO, Colombia)
  • Center for Protection of Women and Girls (NGO, Nigeria)
  • Sorouh for Sustainable Development Foundation (NGO, Iraq)
  • SOUL Organization (NGO, Yemen)

 

Thank you Ihsan for sharing this flyer with us, in case C4C signatories and endorsers are keen to participate.

 

Very best, saskia

 

SASKIA HARMSEN | Change Manager Charter for Change

Oxfam Global Humanitarian Team | based in The Hague
saskia.harmsen@... | skype: ski_saskia | M: +31(6)53682890 

 

 


Re: Today: webinar on Localising the COVID19 response - focusing on education and child protection

Nanette Antequisa
 

Dear all,

I am also speaking in the following webinar today:


Nanette

Regina "Nanette" Salvador-Antequisa
Executive Director
Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits, Inc. (ECOWEB)
001 Toribia A. Lluch St., Lluch Compound
Camague, Iligan City 9200, Philippines
T/F: +63.63.2210322      www.ecowebph.com ; www.ecowebph.org
Emails: nanet.antequisa.ecoweb@...

Sectoral Representative, National Anti-Poverty Commission -Victims of Disaster and Calamities Sector (NAPC-VDC) and NAPC-VDC Rep to the NDRRMC
CSO Representative, Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council - Region 10
PSR, RDC-10 Economic Development Committee
Convenor, CLEARNet - Survivor/Community-led Responses to Crisis
Co-convenor, DRRNet Philippines
Co-convenor, Alliance for Empowering Partnerships (A4EP)

"Building Partnerships, Empowering Communities"



On Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 3:06 PM Nils Carstensen <nic@...> wrote:
Dear - all just sharing this one - note the time: it's today!
Greetings
nils

From: c4c-signatories@... <c4c-signatories@...> on behalf of Saskia Harmsen <saskia.harmsen@...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 12:06 AM
To: c4c-signatories@... <c4c-signatories@...>; c4c-endorsers <c4c-endorsers@...>; c4c-capacity@... <c4c-capacity@...>; c4c-advocacy@... <c4c-advocacy@...>
Cc: ihsan.albazi@... <ihsan.albazi@...>
Subject: [c4c-signatories] webinar on Localising the COVID19 response - focusing on education and child protection
 

Dear all,

Ihsan, a colleague from Sorouh for Sustainable Development (Sorouh-SSDF) has shared the attached flyer with me for a webinar Localising the COVID19 response.

I believe it is being organized by the global Education Cluster and Child Protection area of responsibility.

 

The webinar may be of interest to you, and is taking place on the 17th (today) at 14:00 Central European Time.

A link to register is included in the flyer.

 

Speakers from local and national NGOs include:

  • Corpocion Infacia y Desarrollo (NGO, Colombia)
  • Center for Protection of Women and Girls (NGO, Nigeria)
  • Sorouh for Sustainable Development Foundation (NGO, Iraq)
  • SOUL Organization (NGO, Yemen)

 

Thank you Ihsan for sharing this flyer with us, in case C4C signatories and endorsers are keen to participate.

 

Very best, saskia

 

SASKIA HARMSEN | Change Manager Charter for Change

Oxfam Global Humanitarian Team | based in The Hague
saskia.harmsen@... | skype: ski_saskia | M: +31(6)53682890 

 

 


Digest of local Covid-19 community responses inMyanmar

nils carstensen
 

Digest of local Covid-19 responses from Myanmar media

Yangon, June 9, 2020, by Kyaw Lin Htoon

 
1. Volunteering in Myanmar’s quarantine centres
During COVID-19 period, Myanmar rely heavily on the help of volunteers throughout the country.
 
On June 3, the Myanmar Pressphoto Agency (MPA) covered the work of some of these volunteers. On that day, a group of Myanmar nationals returned from overseas and were taken to a quarantine centre in Hlaing Township in Yangon where they were placed in semi-lockdown.
 
The centre is run with the help of 20 volunteers - ordinary people and from different parts of Yangon and many of them have been volunteering since the beginning of Covid-19 in Myanmar. The volunteers call themselves a Medical Social Support Team and among other clean the rooms where the overseas returnees have to live for weeks. The teams wear PPEs and for instance sprayed disinfectants into a room where a suspected COVID-19 patient had just stayed. They then locked the room to avoid anybody else entering that room.
 
This photo essay on FB illustrates how hard it is to wear PPEs and Level-2 protective dresses for a long time as it is hot inside the rooms. After spraying the whole seven-storey building, the team went on to wash bedsheets. They washed them in a pond where the water was mixed with smelly chlorine and washing powder. By the time they were done with washing, evening had come along with heavy rains, so they finished their work and prepared to have an evening meal.
 
Apart from cleaning rooms and other facilities at the centre, washing clothes and bedlinen, the volunteers play other important roles. They accompany some of the guarantees when they are transferred for instance via the airport or highway stations to their areas of origin. Besides, they are involved in the activities of distributing things donated by the people, and organizations, to reach the right destinations – as well as in the handing over suspected COVID-19 patients to Wabargi and other hospitals.
 
Some of the volunteers have worked at the quarantine centre in Yangon for over two months. Because they do this work, they have not been able to go back to home in all this time. Prior to volunteering they attended COVID-19 related training.
 
The importance of the volunteers during this COVID-19 is widely recognized by all different layers of the society in Myanmar. The government has recognized the volunteers and praise them occasionally. On Jun 5, the State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi mentioned that the state has to rely on the strength of the volunteers. “We appreciate the strength of the volunteers, and we to rely on those volunteers as well. None of the measures that we did to control the virus could have succeeded, if we did not have their efforts,” Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, said during an online meeting with the Union of Ministers on June 5. 
 
Up to the morning of June 9, Myanmar had a total of 246 confirmed cases according to the Ministry of Health and Sports. Myanmar’s first case was officially announced on 23 March. Currently, Myanmar has over 10,000 of quarantine centres and camps throughout the country. These places are reported to host more than 46,000 quarantined people. The total number of the volunteers who have helped in the quarantine centres over the last months is reported to be around 45,000.

2. Citizen support to vulnerable families in Paletwa
Paletwa is a township in Southern part of Chin State which suffer from a conflict between Tatmadaw (government army) and the Arakan Army (AA). The conflict has evolved over a couple of years, but the situation has become more bitter as COVID-19 emerged.
 
As a result of the suffering brought on by this conflict, people from including Chin and other States and Region have donated rice and other basic needs of food to Paletwa township. Much of this support comes from Chin people around Myanmar and overseas.
 
However, as the monsoon is moving across the country, the needs of internally displaced persons affected by the conflict and the impact of COVID-19 is growing. As a result, Chin people from other places have started thinking, how they can help.
 
On June 6, the “7 Day News” reported that there are over 15,000 IDPs in Paletwa Township and another 60,000 people stuck in their own places because of the double threat posed by the ongoing conflict and the factors associated with COVID-19. In the same news report, Mai Nan Wai, a Chin woman working and living in Yangon explained: “Before the heavier rains come, we need to send them more rice to make sure for their food security”. Mai Nan Wai is among those trying to involve more people in an attempt to help their fellow Chin people in Paletwa. 

Ref: 6 Jun 2020 – 7 Day Daily newspaper

 

3. Counselling the vulnerable people
The Assistance Association for Polical Prisoners (AAPP) is a local NGO in Myanmar, which usually works to support political prisoners and their families But, during COVID-19 crisis, they have come up with a different idea. 
 
In a statement issued on June 4, the AAPP announced that they also will offer counselling to people who are addicted to drugs, sex-workers, HIV-patients and also to members of the LGBT communities. “During this COVID-19 period, many people are suffering from additional stress and other mental pains. Therefore, we will attempt to reach out to some of those most in need of counselling. Many in these groups are overly stressed and need extra counselling, motivation and other kinds of humanitarian support.”
 
According to AAPP, during COVID-19, the risks of suicide attempts and violence has increased. In this situation, AAPP has stated a phone-in hotline for counselling. 

Ref: 6 Jun 2020 – 7 Day Daily newspaper

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Today: webinar on Localising the COVID19 response - focusing on education and child protection

Nils Carstensen
 

Dear - all just sharing this one - note the time: it's today!
Greetings
nils


From: c4c-signatories@... <c4c-signatories@...> on behalf of Saskia Harmsen <saskia.harmsen@...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 12:06 AM
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Subject: [c4c-signatories] webinar on Localising the COVID19 response - focusing on education and child protection
 

Dear all,

Ihsan, a colleague from Sorouh for Sustainable Development (Sorouh-SSDF) has shared the attached flyer with me for a webinar Localising the COVID19 response.

I believe it is being organized by the global Education Cluster and Child Protection area of responsibility.

 

The webinar may be of interest to you, and is taking place on the 17th (today) at 14:00 Central European Time.

A link to register is included in the flyer.

 

Speakers from local and national NGOs include:

  • Corpocion Infacia y Desarrollo (NGO, Colombia)
  • Center for Protection of Women and Girls (NGO, Nigeria)
  • Sorouh for Sustainable Development Foundation (NGO, Iraq)
  • SOUL Organization (NGO, Yemen)

 

Thank you Ihsan for sharing this flyer with us, in case C4C signatories and endorsers are keen to participate.

 

Very best, saskia

 

SASKIA HARMSEN | Change Manager Charter for Change

Oxfam Global Humanitarian Team | based in The Hague
saskia.harmsen@... | skype: ski_saskia | M: +31(6)53682890 

 

 


Re: New link added: [community-crisis-response] People living with disabilities responding to Covid-19 in Marsabit Kenya

Nanette Antequisa
 

Thanks for sharing this inspiring story Nils.

Regina "Nanette" Salvador-Antequisa
Executive Director
Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits, Inc. (ECOWEB)
001 Toribia A. Lluch St., Lluch Compound
Camague, Iligan City 9200, Philippines
T/F: +63.63.2210322      www.ecowebph.com ; www.ecowebph.org
Emails: nanet.antequisa.ecoweb@...

Sectoral Representative, National Anti-Poverty Commission -Victims of Disaster and Calamities Sector (NAPC-VDC) and NAPC-VDC Rep to the NDRRMC
CSO Representative, Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council - Region 10
PSR, RDC-10 Economic Development Committee
Convenor, CLEARNet - Survivor/Community-led Responses to Crisis
Co-convenor, DRRNet Philippines
Co-convenor, Alliance for Empowering Partnerships (A4EP)

"Building Partnerships, Empowering Communities"



On Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 8:13 PM nils carstensen <nic@...> wrote:
Hi all - sorry if the link I forwarded di not work. Try this instead:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YaIUyp0HBmQDWsB8bj74oVDE3JXkB-Aa/view

Greetings
nils

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Local to Global Protection
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Den 10. jun. 2020 kl. 13.38 skrev nils carstensen <nic@...>:

Dear all,
Please find below the link to the second video shared by Darare Gonche at Iremo, a local NGO working in Marsabit, north-western Kenya. The video is a strong example of local agency and the community-members easily speak for themselves. Still, a few lines of background helped me put their story in an even more impressing perspective.

The video highlights Covid-19 responses initiated by the SAKU self group of people living with disabilities in Marsabit. Back in 2003 the group began a collaboration with the Marsabit Water and Sewage Company (MARWASCO). This collaboration enabled them to run a water kiosk service in their neighbourhoods. 
MARWASCO manages the water infrastructure including storage and maintenance, while the group members run the daily activities of water services to the users. The water is paid through a token service where the payment is through a Paybill number. The collection at the end of the month is shared; 60% to the company and 40% to the group. The group members then decide on how they would wish to use the benefit they have accrued from sale of water. During this time of Covid -19 pandemic, they agreed that each member would receive $50 to address their household needs such as purchase of foodstuff, sanitizer and food until any possible further support (from the government) arrived. As you’ll see, the group also uses their own quick responses to pressure local authorities on the slowness of their response to Covid-19, the way they see themselves being discriminated against - and in their own to try to address the negative impact following from this.

 

In Darare’s words and as a Gabra saying goes: "Ak baratan arka iti maratan" – “the best we learned is the best we practice”.

 

Production: Mamo Ali Guyo for Iremo, May, 2020 

 


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Local to Global Protection
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New link added: [community-crisis-response] People living with disabilities responding to Covid-19 in Marsabit Kenya

nils carstensen
 

Hi all - sorry if the link I forwarded di not work. Try this instead:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YaIUyp0HBmQDWsB8bj74oVDE3JXkB-Aa/view

Greetings
nils

nils carstensen
Local to Global Protection
E-mail: nic@...


Den 10. jun. 2020 kl. 13.38 skrev nils carstensen <nic@...>:

Dear all,
Please find below the link to the second video shared by Darare Gonche at Iremo, a local NGO working in Marsabit, north-western Kenya. The video is a strong example of local agency and the community-members easily speak for themselves. Still, a few lines of background helped me put their story in an even more impressing perspective.

The video highlights Covid-19 responses initiated by the SAKU self group of people living with disabilities in Marsabit. Back in 2003 the group began a collaboration with the Marsabit Water and Sewage Company (MARWASCO). This collaboration enabled them to run a water kiosk service in their neighbourhoods. 
MARWASCO manages the water infrastructure including storage and maintenance, while the group members run the daily activities of water services to the users. The water is paid through a token service where the payment is through a Paybill number. The collection at the end of the month is shared; 60% to the company and 40% to the group. The group members then decide on how they would wish to use the benefit they have accrued from sale of water. During this time of Covid -19 pandemic, they agreed that each member would receive $50 to address their household needs such as purchase of foodstuff, sanitizer and food until any possible further support (from the government) arrived. As you’ll see, the group also uses their own quick responses to pressure local authorities on the slowness of their response to Covid-19, the way they see themselves being discriminated against - and in their own to try to address the negative impact following from this.

 

In Darare’s words and as a Gabra saying goes: "Ak baratan arka iti maratan" – “the best we learned is the best we practice”.

 

Production: Mamo Ali Guyo for Iremo, May, 2020 

 


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nils carstensen
Local to Global Protection
E-mail: nic@...





People living with disabilities responding to Covid-19 in Marsabit Kenya

nils carstensen
 

Dear all,

Please find below the link to the second video shared by Darare Gonche at Iremo, a local NGO working in Marsabit, north-western Kenya. The video is a strong example of local agency and the community-members easily speak for themselves. Still, a few lines of background helped me put their story in an even more impressing perspective.

The video highlights Covid-19 responses initiated by the SAKU self group of people living with disabilities in Marsabit. Back in 2003 the group began a collaboration with the Marsabit Water and Sewage Company (MARWASCO). This collaboration enabled them to run a water kiosk service in their neighbourhoods. 
MARWASCO manages the water infrastructure including storage and maintenance, while the group members run the daily activities of water services to the users. The water is paid through a token service where the payment is through a Paybill number. The collection at the end of the month is shared; 60% to the company and 40% to the group. The group members then decide on how they would wish to use the benefit they have accrued from sale of water. During this time of Covid -19 pandemic, they agreed that each member would receive $50 to address their household needs such as purchase of foodstuff, sanitizer and food until any possible further support (from the government) arrived. As you’ll see, the group also uses their own quick responses to pressure local authorities on the slowness of their response to Covid-19, the way they see themselves being discriminated against - and in their own to try to address the negative impact following from this.

 

In Darare’s words and as a Gabra saying goes: "Ak baratan arka iti maratan" – “the best we learned is the best we practice”.

 

Production: Mamo Ali Guyo for Iremo, May, 2020 

 


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Community action in Marsabit, Kenya

nils carstensen
 

Dear all,
Pleased to be able share the link to a short film produced by Mamo Ali an Darare Gonche for IREMO in Marsabit, Kenya. The film vividly illustrates how Covid-19 adds to the many other challenges a family in Marsabit struggle with. It is also another important reminder to all of the crucial importance of sharing - and how that at times may be perceived to be at odds with targeting efforts by local authorities or NGOs.



nils


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sclr & early action

Chris Ball
 

Dear sclr practitioners,

I am looking for experiences on applying sclr to support 'early action'. sclr can be applied across all settings so it can equally be applied to 'early warning - early action'. I am looking for examples of how communities have used traditional early warning methods and/or have been provided with skills upgrading in scientific information services to identify and take action utilizing emergency micro-grants / community grants. DKH have a project in Kenya which provides a 'social protection/response fund' to community groups (in this case committees). We are expanding the use of this fund to support communities to plan interventions to ongoing emergencies and threats including locust swarms, flooding and Covid-19. This is being complimented by supporting the strengthening of communities' access to information services for these threats and other climatic and livelihood information services. I will share our learning from this experience later. We are also looking into applying a similar approach in Guatemala for the onset of drought. It would be very much appreciated if you could also share any experiences you may have on applying sclr to support early action.

All the best, stay well and safe! 


Re: Community response - Palestine, Myanmar, South Sudan and Kenya

Nanette Antequisa
 

thank you Nils for sharing.

For ECOWEB, we have posted them in our website and twitted taggong L2GP.

Nanette

Regina "Nanette" Salvador-Antequisa
Executive Director
Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits, Inc. (ECOWEB)
001 Toribia A. Lluch St., Lluch Compound
Camague, Iligan City 9200, Philippines
T/F: +63.63.2210322      www.ecowebph.com ; www.ecowebph.org
Emails: nanet.antequisa.ecoweb@...

Sectoral Representative, National Anti-Poverty Commission -Victims of Disaster and Calamities Sector (NAPC-VDC) and NAPC-VDC Rep to the NDRRMC
CSO Representative, Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council - Region 10
PSR, RDC-10 Economic Development Committee
Convenor, CLEARNet - Survivor/Community-led Responses to Crisis
Co-convenor, DRRNet Philippines
Co-convenor, Alliance for Empowering Partnerships (A4EP)

"Building Partnerships, Empowering Communities"



On Wed, May 20, 2020 at 7:57 PM nils carstensen <nic@...> wrote:
Dear colleagues,
Thanks to all of you who have sent updates and resources relevant to community-responses to the Covid-19 crisis – in its many manifestations.
 
From the Palestinian West Bank, colleagues at EJ_YMCA have shared a number of inspiring examples, which we have summarised here:
In all the communities where we have worked, village level, pre-existing Protection Groups (PG) have formed subgroups called "emergency groups". This group mainly consists of members of the PG who are in good health conditions (members who are not sick, members who do not have chronic illnesses and members who are less vulnerable to the virus).  The emergency groups oversee virus prevention mechanisms in their communities as well as implement protection initiatives while coordinating with the EJ-YMCA and relevant governmental institutions. In two of these communities, villagers were able to join the central emergency groups formed by municipalities of that area.
 
One Emergency Group was supplied with a small community cash grant (aprox. 700USD) cash, which enabled them to purchase some necessary sanitizers and hygienic supplies for the village. In 6 villages groups gather information on the number of individuals who work in Israel and Israeli settlements (where the number of Covid19 cases has been much higher than in Palestine. Gathering this data has enabled the emergency groups to target specific families and individuals and raise their awareness regarding the importance of self-quarantine once these individuals are back in the village. The groups also shared with these families (and on the communities' Facebook groups) relevant prevention material on Covid19 and the Ministry of Health's Covid19 hotlines in case anyone had further questions and for instance information on where to get tested if relevant. In two villages, community members created "friendly checkpoints" to monitor the entrances to their village encouraging individuals who returned from Israel to contacts the relevant authorities and if needed to be put in quarantine.
 
In three villages, the emergency groups succeeded having all public spaces in the villages sanitized by governmental institutions. In some villages, the emergency groups have conducted a rapid needs assessment. Having established the primary needs for the most vulnerable families, they were able to gather contributions from other village members – and in some cases coordinate with NGOs - to provide assistance to address some of the specific needs of particularly affected families with - including basic food/ hygienic supplies. In one village, teachers and students at the local school conducted an awareness campaign addressed at students and parents to encourage the participation in online education. Some families were assisted with internet connections in their homes. In the same village, the emergency group has a sub-committee with only female member. This committee was formed in coordination with the Ministry of Woman Affairs. The role of this committee is to focus on women and young women's needs and priorities.
 
Lastly, EJ-YMCA reports have they have worked with the Ministry of Agriculture to provide villages with seeds and seedlings so that families would be able to grow their own vegetables in their gardens now that movement is restricted, vegetable trucks are no longer passing by and the income and purchasing power of many families have been significantly reduced due to lock down restrictions.

In the Frontier Myanmar, Kyaw Lin Htoon reports how “IDPs being left behind in the response to COVID-19”. The article also describes the contradicting demands experienced by IDPs as a result of government restrictions, lock down – and the need to feed your family:

Salai Tun Tan, one of around 500 people living in a camp in Mee Zar village in Paletwa Township, said food was running low because conflict made travel almost impossible. “We are getting rice from nearby villages and then we hunt for animals in the jungle, and collect vegetables and mushrooms,” he said. “Every day we nominate three to five men to go out to look for food. ”Hunting and foraging were dangerous because of the conflict, he added, but the IDPs had no choice. “Of course, we are afraid of the fighting, but what can we do?” He said that amid the conflict few people in the camps were giving much thought to COVID-19, and they had not yet received any information about the disease from the government or other actors. “I think the disease can’t reach us,” he said, “since we are surrounded by jungles, mountains and an active conflict.”

The Rift Valley Institute has just circulated a guidance paper on covid-19 responses in South Sudan. It includes a strong emphasis on community consultations  - and adaptation of guidance to local realities. Please find it attached to this e-mail.

Rounding of this update in Kenya, the Guardian recently carried this story: How a 'coronavirus hairstyle' is helping raise awareness in east Africa. It’s all about how kids and hairdressers are using an affordable haircut with braided spikes that echo virus’s shape to 1) help parents save money, 2) keep hairdressers make a modest but vital vital income and – not least - 3) send a vital message to a more grown up but possibly less aware audience. If nothing else just enjoy the pictures and the hairstyle.

 

Please keep sharing examples by directly by simply answering to this e-mail – or send them to me at: nic@...

 

All the best

nils



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