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AVSI response to COVID-19 pandemic

Following safety regulations implemented in each country, AVSI staff continues to accompany our beneficiaries. Our projects cannot be interrupted.

AVSI is monitoring the continued development of the Coronavirus pandemic in countries where we operate. We are aware of risks that local populations will face, especially with having access to precarious health systems and already struggling with poverty, hunger, and conflict. Following safety regulations implemented in each country, AVSI staff continues to accompany our beneficiaries. Our projects cannot be interrupted. Below are some testimonials we have received from colleagues, who like all of us, have to adapt, be creative, and not lose hope during these difficult times.

KENYA (MARCH 26, 2020)

Working under the Kenya Scouts Association framework of Rapid Response Initiative (RRI), the three Dadaab Sub-County Scout Commissioners have asked Patrol Leaders to practice the Scout Motto, “Be Prepared,” to address the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya. This week, patrol leaders have been working in various neighborhoods in the Dadaab refugee camp through a series of sensitization activities.

The scout leaders are translating and spreading messages, alerts, and updates on COVID-19 circulated by Kenya’s Ministry of Health into the Somali language to families and community members.

Scouts working in pairs are also reinforcing the importance of social distancing and proper handwashing techniques to prevent COVID-19.

We train Scout leaders on advanced scouting activities as part of the project Integrated Education Response in Dadaab and Host Communities, funded by U.S. State Department Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM).

It is in the Boy Scouts promise "to help other people at all times." In Dadaab refugee camp, they are living this commitment despite their challenging situation. Bravooo!

Henry Waitindi, AVSI Program Manager

UGANDA (MARCH 25, 2020)

Florence Tumuheirwe, resident of Bwizi in Kamwenge, South West Uganda, has installed a Tippy tap near her home. This simple device has running water and will ensure that all family members can wash their hands with soap and water to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This is one of the ways we are encouraging refugees and host communities in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement to prevent the spread of the disease in the area. We are working hard to guarantee that everyone remains healthy and resilient. We are only able to help beneficiaries like Florence install her Tippy tap thanks to the USAID-funded Graduating to Resilience Activity.