Our February issue focuses on FGM, with the Mojatu Foundation celebrating International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM this month. We look to showcase the work and strength of survivors and those affected, like Khadija, Karima and Deka. A massive occasion for our foundation, we stepped up our efforts to show the importance of the day and ending FGM, in starting distribution of our new Women's Pamper Pack project and participating in FGM training.
In addition to this, the foundation is introducing the Acts of Kindness project to celebrate International Women's Day, calling on women and girls to show an act of kindness to one another.
We continue the "Women of Nottingham" podcast to elevate and celebrate a range of inspiring women's stories across the city and give an update on the refugee situation on the island of Lesvos.
Working together as a community to support everyone is vital in getting through the pandemic. Whether you need support or would like to help volunteer, please look below for the links.
Follow Mojatu on our social media platforms (linked above), where we look to increase awareness around ongoing issues such as mental health, women's issues, FGM in addition to others.
For more support and guidance, please feel free to get in touch with us directly at any point through email@example.com.
International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM
It's a special day for us to celebrate as women, regroup and reflect on what we have achieved so far, and to continue educating and advocating to end FGM. FGM is a form of gender based violence, listen below as a survivor explains for herself:
The Mojatu Foundation celebrated this year's International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, marking the occasion with the End FGM Network programme on the 9th of February, giving presentations in the morning & afternoon. Our presentations highlighted both our work within the community to create champions of change, ensure that there is community wide support in ending FGM, to understand the mental health implications of FGM, and the importance of a community-centric approach in ending FGM.
COVID-19 vaccinations are now being rolled out across Nottingham and the country. The importance of those in minority communities cannot be understated, with many of these communities having higher rates of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, asthma and other conditions. These are risk factors for severe COVID-19 infections because people with chronic conditions have compromised immune systems and are more susceptible to infections, so in order for us to take the steps closer to ending the pandemic, getting vaccinations must be a priority.
The programme is now catering to people over 65, the clinically extremely vulnerable under 70, and frontline healthcare and care workers. If you are in one of these categories, please look to book your vaccination through the link below or calling 01158834640, and keep an eye on the dates for when vaccinations for your age group are open if not.
The Mojatu Foundation helps to feed families in Nottingham that have been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. We are proud to bring our community together during this crisis, with our volunteers delivering food to over 90 families every week. All donations will go towards buying food that we deliver.
Our food parcel program, which has been run since March 2020 will be ending this month. We are aiming to move all families we help onto other support, if you require any kind of support, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting the Unheard project for the refugees in Lesvos
We are working alongside 'The Unheard Refugees' to support refugees and document the experiences of the refugee population in Lesvos, with the Mojatu Foundation sending pallets of clothing donations out to Lesvos in November 2020 & January 2021, which have arrived and been given out.
Since the Moria camp fire in September 2020, a new makeshift site (Kara Tepe) has been created, housing some half of the reported 15,000 across the handful of Greek islands. The site has allegedly been built on grounds contaminated with unsafe levels of lead, with this representing a massive health risk.
The island's clay soil prevents drainage leaving the ground in the camps a muddy mess. Recent weather has left the refugees in cold, windy conditions with hail & snow, with the heavy wind blowing away tarps. Camp residents are no longer allowed to prepare their own meals, with Greek military personnel in charge of the supply. The camp is encircled by barbed wire fencing and under constant surveillance, with a strict lockdown imposed to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
Please donate through the link below. Any help is appreciated.
The Mojatu Foundation is in the process of distributing mental health detox packs to survivors with the aim of celebrating them. We are giving out these packs to encourage mental wellbeing, self-care and mindfulness.
The Mojatu Foundation recognises the struggles and challenges that women experience in all aspects of life, so we have started this project to remind women of their importance, and the need to take time out to celebrate themselves.
International Women's Day: Acts of Kindness
The Mojatu Foundation is introducing the Acts of Kindness project. To celebrate International Women's Day 2021, we are calling on all women and girls to show an act of kindness to another woman in Nottingham. An act of kindness is anything that brings you joy, and you think will bring another woman/girl joy.
Please follow the instructions below to get involved:
Write your letter
Send something nice (this could be your favourite recipe, a link to your favourite song, poem, or story)
Add your address to receive one in return
We're extending the deadline to the 6th March so send to email@example.com (through the link below)
The Women of Nottingham podcast is back for 2021! Nadia Whittome joins as we talk politics, representation, her first year as an MP, being an openly queer woman of colour in Westminster, and why Nottingham is special.
Click the link below to watch!
Mojatu success stories
The Mojatu Foundation would like to congratulate Manal Rawaeh and her son, who are in our driving theory class, and have both been accepted into Nottingham Trent University to study for a biomedical science degree. We wish them the best of luck in their pursuit of a career in the health service.