Coronavirus Response and Relief

Le Korsa has always prided itself on rapid response to urgent problems in Senegal, and the Covid 19 pandemic is no exception. From the moment the crisis began we marshaled resources to help our Senegalese partners in a variety of ways, from providing personal protective equipment to food supplies.

As the Delta variant fuels another wave of infections, we are again providing masks, gloves, and sanitizer to doctors in Senegal and will be responding to other needs as we receive the requests. Much of this work has been made possible by a $25,000 coronavirus relief grant made to Le Korsa by the Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation.

Our actions to date:

– Providing KN95 and N95 masks, plus gloves, thermometers and sanitizer, to the Women’s Center of Dakar, Fann Hospital, Sinthian Medical Clinic, and Tambacounda Hospital.

– Coordinating the donation of 1000 scrubs from FIGS to Tambacounda Hospital, where the scrubs were used exclusively in the Covid 19 treatment wards because of their distinct color and high durability.

– Providing food kits to families to ensure food security during the pandemic. Each household in Sinthian, Dialico, and Fass received a sack of rice or two depending on the family’s size, and fonio and sorghum seeds.

– Disbursing stipends to our drivers and other associates in Senegal, who lost work because of the pandemic and the lack of tourism.

– Supporting the fabrication of over 1500 masks by Sutura at the Foyer de Jeunes Filles, including covering the cost of a training workshop for the tailors.

– Setting up hand-washing stations at Thread, Sinthian Medical Center, the Women’s Center of Dakar, Tambacounda Hospital’s construction site, and the Foyer de Jeunes Filles.

– Providing mosquito nets to combat malaria, as many organizations devoted to this redirected their funds to Covid 19.