Covid-19: Initiative deploys community-led intervention to feed Nigerians
Employing a technology-driven initiative to provide for vulnerable residents during this lockdown, non-governmental organisation, The Project Ark, has rolled out food distribution in the Ikota Community of Lagos.
Launched in response to the plight of the homeless, low-income and daily wage earners, they distributed food items to 500 households in Ikota recently with a commitment to feeding 4000 households for the duration of the lockdown. Collecting and distributing dry and cooked foods, as well as sanitary items by employing a ‘One for all, All for one’ method that ensures no one is left to starve or is in danger of infection; beyond a call for donations, Project Ark aims to support and enhance the work of other initiatives distributing relief materials in the fight against COVID-19.
A key part of the initiative is the involvement of the community in the execution process, with the aim of igniting a culture of generosity and encouraging citizens to be there for one another as we build strong communities said Alero Ayida-Otobo, the Visionary of Reformers Arise Network and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Project Ark.
Since the launch of this initiative, almost 200 people and organizations have contributed through donations of cash and food items, as well as offers to volunteer and provide a service. The train will move into more communities across Nigeria in the coming days and weeks. Nigerians with a heart to support can visit the website or social media handles to volunteer or register items they would like to donate. Food and household donations will be picked up from each person’s doorstep while cash donations can also be made online.
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