I run an NGO in Nigeria called A Little Sleep A Little Slumber (ALSALS), I am the Creators of Peace National Coordinator for Nigeria and a volunteer for Initiatives of Change Nigeria.
ALSAL is an outreach and empowerment organisation and we work mainly with women, all of them have been impacted by the pandemic in some way. When the pandemic hit most of them lost their livelihoods and some lost their loved ones - life was suddenly different. I am so thankful that we had some resources to be able to offer immediate help. This included finance, raw foods, sanitizer and facemasks. At times I have provided food from my own kitchen.
The empowerment arm of ALSALS work with many women who are artisans, they work with their hands and they make products. The group includes the elderly, single mothers, widows and some young women and girls that do not have any formal education. We have become advocates for these vulnerable women: we speak on their behalf, sharing their needs, as they do not have a voice in society. We give them space so they are able to tell us about their challenges and we then find pathways to help solve the issues they raise.
We began a training project three years ago which came directly from asking the women about their own interests and aspirations. We had women who wanted to be tailors, cooks, makeup artists and confectioners and the list went on. We found that these women had so much passion inside of them. The skills project we created helped give them economic stability and confidence. It has been an incredible journey for us all.