I am happy to reach out hoping to find you safe and sound. Continued education has been a major challenge for children during covid-19 lockdown. It has been worse for the children out of school who were already disadvantaged. While the mainstream society were able to provide some technological support for children to somehow continue with learning, it was a different story for children in need of second chance education. We were not able to provide them with technological gadgets to access online learning, they live in places where there is no electricity, no water and densely populated. The prolonged lockdown from January to March 2021 after having spent some 8 months at home in 2020 worsened the situation. The children we target had no option but to wait for the public formal lifting of lockdown regulations to access face to face lessons. These challenges have shown us that going forward we need support to enable continued learning for the 200 out of school learners that we are currently supporting.
Schools opened on the 15th of March 2021 , 2 months behind their normal opening schedule dates. There is need for a catch up plan as the learners have resumed the face to face lessons.
Some could have lost hope, but with your support there is light at the end of the tunnel. Kindly support by telling your friends about our cause. We need money to buy electronic gadgets for online learning, books, volunteer stipends, furniture, food and school fees.
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Sep 24, 2020
Survival during the COVID-19 Pandemic
By Spiwe Chakawa - Project Leader
food distribution to families
Dear Partners and Friends of Chiedza Child Care Centre!
Hoping to find you safe!
Before I update you on what has been happening in the past few months, I want to start by saying a BIG THANK YOU for your continued support even when your resources where constrained during this COVID-19 pandemic. It is a time that we thought you would stop supporting us as other emerging needs would top your list especially your health and safety, but you remained resolute to your commitment to support our cause.
Schools in Zimbabwe closed in March 2020 due to COVID-19 and we also closed our out of school study group for children out of school. As they would come to school, we would support them with meals through the soup kitchen. Closure of schools meant no more feeding for these children. Initially we re-opened the soup kitchen to feed those that were able to come but we later closed it again due to the heightened risk of COVID-19 infection. We knew that the families would struggle to feed those children. We then changed the strategy and began focusing on providing dry food packs to the families instead of preparing meals for the children. We were distributing food to 50 families on average per month, reaching to 250 people in those families (5 members per family on average). We achieved all this through your unwavering support. Thank you. We hope schools will re-open as planned before end of year and that COVID-19 will ease off for the safety of children and everyone else.
Kindly keep supporting our cause as we want resources for preparation of re-openig of our out of school study group, food, stationery, uniforms, volunteer stipends and school fees. Kindly follow and like us on our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/chiedzachildcarecentre
I hope I find you safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.
I really want to thank you dearly for your continued support even under extreme circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic. It was an ideal time for you to refocus your resources on your families or other priorities but you continued to support our cause. Of course the pandemic has disrupted the normal routine and we are all wondering if there is anything called going back to normalcy. It is even more confusing for school children who are still on a long holiday without much hope of reopening.
While businesses have opened in Zimbabwe, schools are still closed. The children are affected as they are not able to maintain continued learning at home. This is worse for the chldren we are supporting; those who were already out of school and were trying to offer them catch-up lessons. This implies that when the schools open they need more contact time to catch up with their peers.
Kindly help us to prepare for reopening as we will need gloves, disinfectants, masks, food, soap, and adeqaute furniture for social distancing.