The Project Ark deploys community led intervention admist COVID-19 shutdown
The Project Ark, a technology-driven initiative to provide for the vulnerable during the COVID-19 the shutdown has rolled out food distribution in the Ikota Community of Lagos State.
The initiative which launched in response to the plight of the homeless, low-income and daily wage-earners during the shutdown distributed food items to 500 households in Ikota on Saturday, 4th April 2020, with a commitment to feeding 4000 households for two weeks.
Project Ark presents a technology-enabled, systematic and strategic approach to collecting and distributing dry and cooked foods, as well as sanitary items by employing a ‘One for all, All for one’ method that ensures no one is left to starve or in danger of infection. Beyond a call for donations from Nigerians, Project Ark aims to support and enhance the work of other initiatives distributing relief materials in the fight against COVID-19.
A key part of the initiative is the involvement of the community in the execution process, with the aim of igniting a culture of generosity and encouraging citizens to be there for one another as we build strong communities.
“We want to go beyond giving handouts to encouraging a united effort towards solving the challenges we face as a people. An attitude of caring for our neighbours is much needed in these times and even afterwards. We want people to be able to adopt this system and implement it in their communities to solve different social challenges”, said Alero Ayida-Otobo, the Visionary of Reformers Arise Network and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Project Ark.
Since the soft launch of Project Ark, almost 200 individuals and organizations have contributed towards the effort through donations of cash and food items, as well as offers to volunteer and provide a service. The “Ark” will move into more communities across Nigeria in the coming days and weeks.
Nigerians with a heart to support can visit www.theprojectark.com.ng to volunteer or register the items they would like to donate. Food and household donations will be picked up from each person’s doorstep while cash donations can also be made online.
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