This project was over 15 webinars that explained how ones attitude towards COVID-19 could endager the whole family. The illness or death of parents/guardians impacts negatively on the children’s wellbeing.


This project tackled COVID Vaccine questions such as: should young and healthy get vaccinated, do covid vaccines damage fertility, do vaccine prevent variants transmission, will the virus become more deadly due to vaccines, were vaccines rushed, do vaccines have long term side effects?


We thank Big Lottery for its support.


“Naomi Buangi offers an insightful narrative of her journey as a volunteer in this pivotal project aimed at combating the cost of living crisis within the African community in Luton. She delves into the challenges and triumphs encountered in this initiative, highlighting her personal contributions and the collective efforts made to provide meaningful support and solutions to those affected by economic hardships in the area.

Naomi’s experience sheds light on the importance of community engagement and solidarity in addressing critical social issues, particularly in times of financial uncertainty.”

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Raoul Pita, serving as the CEO of Protect Project, engages in a comprehensive discussion about the initiatives undertaken to motivate the black African community in Luton to safeguard themselves and their families from the repercussions of COVID-19. The Protect Project, under Pita’s leadership, focuses on a range of strategies aimed at raising awareness and providing support to this community during the pandemic.


The conversation delves into the specific challenges faced by the black African community in Luton, including the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on their health, mental well-being, and financial stability. Pita emphasizes the importance of understanding and addressing the unique needs of this community, particularly in the context of the pandemic.


One of the key aspects of the Protect Project’s approach is tackling vaccine hesitancy, a significant issue within the community. Pita discusses the various factors contributing to this hesitancy, including historical mistrust towards healthcare systems, cultural differences in perceiving health and illness, and misinformation about the safety and efficacy of vaccines.


To combat these challenges, Pita highlights the importance of culturally sensitive communication and empathetic engagement with the community. He stresses the need for health messages to be delivered in a manner that resonates with the community’s cultural and linguistic nuances. This approach not only ensures better understanding but also fosters trust and acceptance.


Furthermore, Pita shares insights into the collaborative efforts with local organizations, health professionals from African backgrounds, and religious leaders.

These collaborations have been instrumental in effectively disseminating health information and addressing concerns about vaccination.


The Protect Project’s initiatives also include sharing personal stories and experiences from within the community. These narratives have played a crucial role in changing perceptions about vaccination and highlighting the importance of protecting oneself and one’s family against COVID-19.


In summary, Raoul Pita’s discussion sheds light on the multifaceted efforts of the Protect Project to empower the black African community in Luton.


By addressing vaccine hesitancy through culturally informed strategies and community collaboration, the project aims to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and promote overall health and well-being in the community.

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