Project #194 | Supporting Women with Disabilities During COVID-19
Our partnership with Accessible Hope International
One Day’s Wages partnered with Accessible Hope International to intervene on the spread of COVID-19 primarily among women living with disabilities in Sierra Leone, also reaching Burundi, Liberia, Tanzania, and Nigeria. Across the globe, marginalized countries experienced vast disparities while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Poor testing facilities, broken healthcare systems, and lack in equitable communication technology created barriers for detecting and stopping the spread. In response, resource scarce nations were left to rely on implementing complicated and strict quarantine laws as their primary intervention, leading to further complications for women living with disabilities with job insecurity, changes in their medical care, and exacerbated symptoms of health conditions.
Our partnership funded the implementation of low literacy virus prevention lesson materials (translated to the languages of Swahili, Kirundi, and French), materials and instructions to build tippy tap water points to ensure access to safe and clean water, creation of a face mask production team comprised of women living with disabilities, and cash distributed immediately to 500 of the most vulnerable women living with disabilities.
Our collective impact
People trained in low literacy virus prevention
Tippy Taps distributed
Total people directly impacted
Hannah works as a seamstress and assisted Freely in Hope with being a member on their face mask making team. In Sierra Leone there is a high level of discrimination that is faced by women who are living with disabilities. Women are stigmatized for their disabilities, making it harder for them to feel comfortable sharing their stories. We have so much gratitude to see her authentic delight while she is doing her part to stop the course of the pandemic in her community. Here, we get to see her in action as she is sewing a face mask. The mask making team crafted and sewed over 500 masks in a three-day period. Not only did they generate income, but these women were the backbone of Accessible Hope International’s goal towards distribution of them across in Sierra Leone, empowering a group of well hardworking women.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our emergency relief fund.