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Grassroots Women's Water Enterprises Serve as Community Distribution Points for Info and Supplies

Our women-led water access points in East Africa (serving 3000+ ea) are now daily distribution hubs for information and hygiene supplies.

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The New York Times (now free access) coronavirus coverage, which includes news updates, handy tips, research, interactive maps and other tools. But this kind of info is not available among the rural regions in which our non-profit works. Still, women, as the fabric of society are stepping up to serve as the distribution source of information, raw materials and infrastructure to ensure their local communities are safe. 

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Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

The intensive and in-depth coverage has led us to cancel programming and travel, severely restrict the movements of our staff and family, and to make rapid grants for our beneficiaries to step into action as first responders serving 75,000 people. 

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

We are sharing through wellbeing gatherings via Zoom where we share reflective practices for stress management and inspirational stories, through email correspondence, and through direct conversations with our community members. 

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • Local Government
  • News: Digital
  • Social Media
  • WHO (World Health Organization)
  • SMS Alerts

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

How COVID-19 is affecting the most vulnerable - from our own country's unhoused to the communities around the world who live day to day - and how to help in concrete ways when we are all isolating from each other. 

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

The unhoused. Where I live in Oregon, you have to have a doctor's recommendation to get tested for COVID-19, a vehicle to get to a drive-through testing site, and access to communications to get your results. If you have no address and can't access email because the libraries with free Internet are now closed, you are cut off from accessing resources. Further, the unhoused are losing access to the spaces they stay in for warmth, safety and sanitation. They are truly on their own. 

What is your current profession?

Founder and President of Global Grassroots, an international NGO.

In what city are you located?

Ashland, Oregon

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Hi Gretchen Steidle welcome to the challenge! It is exciting to learn about what the centre is doing. Could you share more info about the organization?