Below, you will find monthly updates on CSP's progress in the global effort to stop the spread of Coronavirus worldwide.
The Government of the Republic of Guinea hosted a COVID-19 Training for the community of Fadama, Guinea. Our Center of Excellence staff members and the community leaders were all in attendance. Our goal remains to keep our team informed and up to date with the COVID-19 country related trainings, restrictions and all other matters regarding the global spread.
Our Center of Excellence in Fadama, Guinea has successfully reopened. The students and staff attendees are continuously practicing prevention methods that include: frequent hand washing, social distancing and learning the importance of wearing face masks for protection.
Also, our hospital health sanitation program is still in progress. The local medical doctor, Dr. Aboubacar Camara, is teaching a refresher course to all students & volunteers about the COVID-19 virus, prevention methods and its impacts.
In preparation for the re-opening of the Center of Excellence in Fadama Guinea, we have implemented the following measures:
Centre D'Excellence - Fadama, Guinea
As the United States braces for the 2nd wave of impact of COVID-19, we have decided to continue our efforts in training by re-assessing our health related initiatives. This will ensure that the volunteer staff remains prepared for any potential threats to the health and wellbeing of their communities. To strengthen our mission, we have conducted the following:
COVID-19 SYMPTOMS - Courtesy of United Nations
COVID-19 Prevention Training Day Staff - Fadama, Guinea 2020
Distribution of Health Kits to Centre D'Excellence Fadama, Guinea 2020
As the cases of death continue to rise globally, we as an organization urge the general public to yield caution by continuing the practices recommended by the CDC for prevention of the spread of Coronavirus.
Here are some helpful tips & reminders...
- Practice Social Distancing - (At least 6ft apart)
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick or at-risk workers
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are ill.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with a tissue. Then, immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
For more information, please visit the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention's Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Upon returning from our mission trip; Coronavirus hit. Since then, we have been finding our own way to cope with its effects.
As you know, many businesses and organizations have been affected by this new pandemic. Thankfully, our team on the ground has began the process of training our staff & children in prevention measures by first raising awareness.
We need your help to do the following:
1. Health: Prepare our partner hospitals/medical centers with the necessary supplies needed to combat this before it lands to prevent a tragedy. (Masks, gloves, cleaning supplies, materials to create separate stations to prevent transmission to other patients, etc...)
2. Food: Food Security in Africa is now at risk. We need your help to continue to provide meals for the Center of Excellence students and families as they navigate through this "new-normal" during the closure.
With funding for essential children's programs greatly at risk due to the pandemic's global impact, your support is needed NOW more than ever to help prevent the spread.
Good Morning/Afternoon Everyone!
This is Kadijah Sesay. I just wanted to check - in with you all. We are trying to stay safe in this worldwide pandemic. We are still dedicated & committed to our future plans for Sierra Leone. We will continue to pray daily for the cure to this illness.
Just as FYI...since our community COE (Centers of Excellence) operate in alignment with local state and international law, we also made the decision to close the center. We will re-open once the local school system establishes their schedule. Our goals will always remain in solidarity with the local community & leadership. Their health and safety is our #1 priority. I hope that you all are doing well. Please keep us updated on the situation in SL.
The CSP Foundation
International Director of Philanthropy
Dear CSP Family,
On March 22nd 2020, our CSP team safely returned to the United States from our 1st official mission trip to West Africa (Guinea/Sierra Leone). We accomplished more than I could have ever imagined possible. All thanks to the assistance of the leaders, communities and volunteers in the field.
Before our departure, we were informed of the effects of COVID-19. We literally took the last flight out of Conakry, Guinea to return to USA. Due to the unexpected turn of events in Dubai (our mid-way point) we had to sleep in the airport. This was a very uncomfortable experience for me due to my health conditions. That day, I knew that what the world was experiencing was REAL and had a MAJOR toll on life as we knew it.
Upon returning to the States, the "new-normal" has left me now puzzled about how to continue to raise funds when there is a new pandemic. We know for sure that most donor's priorities are now focused on the COVID-19 fight. We too, are now joining forces because of the recent situation reports we have received from the field. We know the countries we serve are now becoming affected by the worldwide pandemic.
Additional steps and measures must be taken to help combat the virus effects in our organization and abroad.
Here is our plan:
STEP 1: An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Close the Center of Excellence until further notice.
STEP 2: Begin to prepare for COVID-19 Prevention Methods & Initiatives in Africa.
This is what we are currently focused on. I'll keep you updated on the progress.
All the best,
The CSP Foundation
President & CEO
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