Working to create a world in which every child has access to education, health care, and the opportunity to thrive.
1,000 people tested at free HIV Screening Event
In celebration of World AIDS Day on December 1st, 2020, Bright Minds provided free HIV testing and condoms to 1,000 community members. Destigmatizing HIV/AIDS and connecting community members with treatment is a big part of the health work that Bright Minds does.
Another shipment of books has arrived! A HUGE THANK YOU to Brisbane Elementary School, Lipman Middle School, and the East Bay Children's Book Project for helping to fill the shelves of our libraries.
Never has the need for clean water been so apparent as during the COVID pandemic. In parts of Nigeria and Cameroon, communities don't even have access to water to wash their hands. Bright Minds is partnering with local laborers to bring clean water to the communities where we work, drilling through rock to reach aquifers far beneath the surface. Thank you to the generous family who sponsored our first well, to all the community members who built it, and to our social media coordinator, Salim Habuh-Rajan, for creating this video. For $3,000 you too can sponsor a well in Mararaba Udege. It will take at least six more wells to provide the entire community with clean water.
Hope for malnourished children hit hard by pandemic
In response to food insecurity brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, on August 18th, 2020, Bright Minds collaborated with the Public Health Center in the village of Mararaba Udege to host a Nutrition Screening. According to UNICEF, malnutrition is the leading cause of death in children under age five in Nigeria. Now with the economic downturn caused by the pandemic, the situation has only worsened. Bright Minds is using the generous donations of folks like you to relieve suffering and provide hope in a village where interventions like adding ground soybeans to a child's daily meals can be the difference between life and death.
Participants came in waves throughout the day and stood in circles drawn in chalk to maintain social distancing. The entire event was conducted outside.
The Nutrition Screening targeted children ages 0-5 years, the age group at the highest risk of death from malnutrition. We evaluated 339 children and identified 20 malnourished children with whom we are now providing appropriate intervention and follow-up. We also provided participants with free de-worming and vitamin A supplements.
We set up a hand washing station so each child could practice proper hygiene to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other common illnesses such as cholera.
Our Soka Zamba Girls Club used fabric scraps from local tailors to make masks for the participants. They also took it upon themselves to help mobilize community members to attend the event.
Bright Minds collaborated with local health professionals to conduct the Nutrition Screening.
All participants received a 400g bag of powdered soy that can be added to their children's meals to increase protein intake. We also trained participants in how to prepare highly nutritious meals for young children.