When the government of Zimbabwe announced a new school calendar for 2021 which was already delayed starting in March, there was a sense of renewed hope for children to go back to school. They enjoyed coming back together, meeting their friends and renewing their dreams again through attending lessons under the out of school program. The first term which started from March and ended in June was finally completed but with the Covid19 3rd wave already threatening closure of schools. The 2nd term which was due to open beginning of July remained a pipe dream as Covid19 wrecked havoc in all the 10 provinces of Zimbabwe. All the hope to go back to school was taken and children are faced with a lot of challenges. Children out of school are faced with pyschosocial challenges as a result of seeing sick parents, dieing relatives as a result of Covid19, hunger and abuse. They also miss their friends, hot meals and learning.
There is a lot that needs to be repaired in their lives. They had hoped that through the out of school program their lost opportunity to education would be revived and achieve their dreams. With the continued lockdowns, feelings of hopelessness are now taking a grip.
However, we want to thank you so much for your resolute support as you continued to donate during these hard times. We need the funds to prepare for schools re-opening and purchase enough sanitizers, desks, masks, water buckets, cleaning detergents and food. Kindly share our story with your colleagues and encourage them to support us. We will keep sharing updates to keep you updated on the progress of the project.
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