Activity Report During the Pandemic Period and Data

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Activity Report During the Pandemic Period and Data

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KAMER Foundation

Activity Report During the Pandemic Period

01.04.2020-31.05.2020

 

What was planned?

The first death due to COVID-19 in Turkey occurred on March 11. On that day, KAMER team was in a meeting in Diyarbakır. We altogether discussed the ways of protection from the pandemic in the meeting. Thereafter, we prepared a work schedule to be in effect between April 1 and May 31.

According to the work plan:

- We would close the offices and work from home.

- We would list the communication information of disadvantaged women we were in contact with in recent years. Each staff would call 10 women on average every day in order to both keep track of the current situation of women and support them when needed. (Reaching 14.800 women was planned.)

- We would continue to receive violence applications and would try to provide all the necessary support.

- We would support the families to spend quality time with their children aged 2-6 at home. (Reaching 296 households was planned.)

 

How was it realized?

The activities carried out during the Pandemic have taken place in 20 provinces within KAMER’s operational network. The target group of the work was women who have contacted KAMER before for support against violence, for employment or reaching social assistance or for meeting similar needs.

- During these 2 months, reaching 14.800 women was planned.

We tried to communicate 17.000 women and yet, since there were women whom we could not reach via their phones, we carried out our work with 14.522 women.

14.522 women were provided with 43.548 units of support.    

The average number of people in the household was identified as 5,4. Out of support provided to 14.522 women, it was revealed that 78.895 people benefited from these supports.

 

- During two months of the work carried out, 1230 women applied for violence. 321 of these women took action against violence and started to receive support. In order to provide quality and immediate support to women, KAMER staff usually accompanied these women in every step of the process.

 

-Women who were confined in their homes and subjected to violence as well as suffering from impoverishment started to demand psychological help. With the support of UN Women, women were provided with online psychological counseling.

 

- Working with children living in 296 households was planned. We carried out children’s activities with children in 240 households. 477 children and 342 parents, a total of 819 people participated in these activities.

 

 

 

Important Findings

Women’s needs and current situation during the pandemic were identified. Although detailed results will be appended to this report, some of the crucial findings of the work are as follows:

 

-  For a household populated with an average of 5,4 people, minimum wage means living below the hunger threshold.

61,8 percent of families living on minimum wage before the pandemic lost their income partially or totally. 12,1 percent of women did not have a regular income before the pandemic as well.

 

- The average number of children per household is identified as 3,5. In other words, in 14.522 households, an average of 50.827 children or youth were continuing their education. 26,7 percent of these children (13.570) could not access online education. That’s to say, they couldn’t receive education during the pandemic since:

 11,1 percent did not have TV and Internet in the house; 32,7 percent did not have Internet in the house; %24,7’ did not have a proper place for education in the house; and 31,5 percent did not know how to access online education.

- During the lock-down, it was identified that 42,5 percent of households did not have hygiene materials in their houses; 44,8 percent needed urgent food support.

KAMER team provided hygiene and food packages to the needy families that would be enough for two months with the donations coming from AVON Company and other means of support provided.

 

43.548 units of support provided to 14.522 women are as follows:

 

What did KAMER do?

Number

%

Informed about COVID 19 and ways of protection from it

14.552

33,4

Accompanied women for accessing health services

2010

4,6

Provided food support

5284

12,1

Provided hygiene materials

2777

6,4

Provided contraceptives

3024

6,9

Informed about sexual and reproductive health

2486

5,7

Provided pregnancy care

217

0,5

Provided translation support

800

1,8

Provided consultancy about online education

2164

5,0

Provided patient care services

527

1,2

Received violence applications

1230

2,8

Provided online psychological support

160

0,4

Carried out online children's activities (477 children + 342 parents)

819

1,9

Provided financial support

477

1,1

Directed women to Social Assistance and Solidarity Foundation

4181

9,6

Directed women to Social Services Centers

1016

2,3

Directed women to Municipalities

1824

4,2

Total

43.548

100,0

 

 

As a result;

- Although the indicators related to the pandemic do not show any significant decrease, all the restrictions were removed due to economic concerns.

 

-As of June 1, 2020, KAMER opened its offices and started to work by taking all the necessary precautions against the pandemic. It has also prepared instructions regarding the precautionary measures to be taken. Hygiene materials such as masks, sanitizers have been supplied.

 

- Because the restrictions were removed completely, the number of new COVID-19 patients started to increase rapidly. We predict that this increase in the number of cases will result in new precautionary measures.

 

-KAMER has started to run its working schedule before the pandemic and continues to carry out its planned activities. If new restrictions are imposed due to the pandemic, KAMER has gained significant experience in carrying out its activities from home offices.

- Besides, it gained experienced in providing online psychological counseling to women living in rural areas.