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Despite prior sensitization and communication awareness on preventive measures against Covid-19, beneficiaries were visibly surprised and seemed confused with the unusual atmosphere and arrangement at the food distribution site. Unlike previous distribution rounds, beneficiaries washed their hands before allowed into the waiting area where volunteers and staff ensured the sitting arrangement to maintain the recommended distance of six meters. “I came to redeem my voucher as usual but met an unusual setting, though I spent more time I appreciate the concerns of ‘Action Against Hunger’ taking all necessary measures for our health, preventing us from the deadly coronavirus,” says Ummi Goni, Food For Peace beneficiary in Mallumeri, Jere LGA.
"Without this food, our families will be hungry. We remain grateful to Action Against Hunger"
Hannatu Yusuf, an IDP from St. Hilary camp was among the beneficiaries that were curious about seeing how the new mode of distribution can be achieved. “Unlike previous distributions, I was made to wash my hands and I noticed people sat at a distance from each other. The vendor also sanitized the device before verifying my thumbprint. I am not used to hand-washing but now I know it is important for everyone in my camp to wash hands with water and soap to keep ourselves safe from the disease. I am going to promote handwashing in my IDP camp and limit large gatherings within the camp.”
The measures put in place affected the slated number of days for distribution from the usual 5days to 10days. “Prior to the COVID 19 pandemic, 25 vendors served 1,500 to 2,000 households daily, but with the current happenings we serving approximately half the number”. At Action Against Hunger, we prioritize the lives and safety of our beneficiaries says Jabila Mamza, FFP Cash Officer.
Social distancing is now the norm at all food distributions sites. Dauda Ayuba, a father of seven children said happily as he indicated his joy that Action Against Hunger has continued with food distribution despite the concerns with Covid 19.
We will continue to mobilize and engage with communities, maintaining existing programs, while implementing measures to adapt our response to the circumstances as it evolves.
Since 2016, through the Food For Peace program, funded by the USAID Action Against Hunger has been supporting vulnerable populations with food. We support approximately 37, 000 House Holds, 200,000 individuals approximately on monthly bases across Borno and Yobe State with food distribution .