Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Serendipity Healthcare Foundation about?
SHF is an organization working for rural development through the provision of access to safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, hygiene and clean environmental practices, maternal and child health and other non communicable diseases. It is registered under Corporate Affairs Commission (Registration Number 34545) as a Not for profit, Non governmental Organisation. SHF works in rural communities in North West, Nigeria.
What does SHF do?
SHF strives to develop rural communities in Nigeria through health intervention initiatives. To achieve this, we run integrated programmes of infrastructure and health education. Community members (women and children) are given health-based education and environmental cleanliness training, which will impact on their health status thus improving life expectancy and developmental dividends.
Why Rural Communities?
SHF wants to address the most vulnerable section of the society. Rural communities are the least developed sector in Nigeria as the local governing councils cannot completely deliver developmental projects to enhance growth.
In Nigeria and the world over, women and the girl child in rural settings are the most marginalized hence the need to teach them hygiene, health and nutrition practices.
Do we plan to extend our services to other regions?
There are more than 300 communities who do not have access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities in Kano, Nigeria. We want to reach out to all of these communities first then extend our reach to other Northern States of Nigeria.
We welcome partnerships with other organizations or individuals to replicate this model elsewhere in Africa and all over the world.
Why do we provide hygiene trainings for community members?
Nigeria has majority of its population in the villages with little or no basic amenities such drainage systems, waste disposal systems, water ports or pit latrines, primary healthcare centers and as such are forced to use any and most times available means to take care of their needs. We surveyed the mortality rate of the villages and their hygiene practices and found out that there was little or no knowledge of basic hygiene practices hence we decided that trainings on hygiene practices as well as provision of water access and sanitation would provide the most long-term sustainable plan for development. We welcome any new ideas and suggestions for hygiene training that can lead to an increase in the life expectancy of the communities.
Why isn't the government providing access to water and sanitation facilities - since it's the government's responsibility to provide such facilities?
The local government who are saddled with providing access to water, sanitation facilities, basic healthcare services as well as waste management in Nigeria is failing its councils due to none other than lack of corporate governance, accountability. Not only is the life expectancy of rural communities reducing due to death from water borne related diseases and other communicable and non communicable diseases, but the few facilities received does not last for long as they do not have the requisite basic knowledge of maintenance and sustainability..
How can an individual/organization get associated with SHF?
SHF welcome all individuals/organizations to be a part of its family. See our volunteer page or contact us.
How do I know my donations will help rural communities?
SHF maintains quarterly e-newsletter as well as audited financial statements for your review.
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