I grew up the Southern part of Africa, Zambia. Like many other Africans, I was raised in an extended family. In our three-bedroom home, my grandmother, a schoolteacher, housed uncles, aunties, and cousins from remote villages. When we were too many to occupy the bedrooms, the living room floor was transformed into bed spaces. No one complained because each person was educated, then sent into the city, the rotation continued until as many people, or at least as many as grandmother could afford, graduated. Some became medical doctors, other’s bankers, one a minister.
Every practicing Muslim is governed by the ‘Five Pillars of Islam’; Shahada (الشهادة) – the declaration of faith, Salat (صلاة) – prayer, Zakat (زكاة) – obligatory charity, Sawm (صوم) – fasting during the month of Ramadan (رمضان) and Hajj (حج) – pilgrimage to holy sites in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Philanthropy is growing and gaining attention in Zambia as an important catalyst for social change as evidenced by its essential role in supporting local communities’ development. In general, there is optimism looking at the future of philanthropy in Zambia and a genuine desire to continue to develop best philanthropy practices by local organizations such as the Zambian Governance Foundation (ZGF).
National responses for the COVID-19 pandemic have not focused on those on the margins of society; among which are girls and women. Given this fact, creating space to express the gendered impacts of the pandemic felt necessary. Moreover, sharing some of the strategies that have been adopted by grant-making organizations that center to mitigate these impacts are imperative.
30th January 2020 marked the day, which brought the whole world at a greater tension when the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak as Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Since then there had been several events occurring which had vast and significant impact in the economic, political, social and cultural aspects all over the world.
The Ashake Foundation was founded in 2013 with the aim to offer support to a forgotten population group in Nigeria: widows. They have since made an impact in a myriad of ways to about 2200 people in 14 different communities in Abuja. We sat down with the founder, Mayowa Adegbile for an insight into the day-to-day running of the Foundation, what she envisions for the future as well as the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had.
Foundation for Civil Society and Tanzania’s CSOs at the Forefront of the Country’s COVID-19 Response.
The novel Coronavirus pandemic presents a major new challenge for governments and civil societies around the world. The strain on economies, healthcare systems and even social order resulting from this pandemic has been devastating. To respond to this, Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has been at the forefront of ensuring civil society organizations in Tanzania are playing their much needed role of, not only raising awareness, but also providing the necessary material support needed to keep marginalized and vulnerable populations safe from the pandemic.