Oct 7, 2020

Difficult times

Greetings to all my dear friends

Difficult times. Difficult because it’s hard to keep up to date with always changing restrictions which from time to time are even contradictory. One day gatherings of 50 people are allowed, the next day only for 10.

Ministry of education announced the reopening of the schools, the president shut them again. 

And anyway, all restrictions are kind of open to different interpretations.

At the moment we are in a kind of no men land trying to keep going. Nobody actually knows how this school year will end. Will all the kids be promoted although not even half of the curricula has been taught? Will that not compromise them in the next year? Or will everybody just repeat this school year? A loss of a whole year for all kids? And what should happen to those ones who actually should start grate 1? We are waiting for the ministry to clarify but whatever decision it is it will penalize the children. 

The kids are back to school, but not every day, some go alternated days, other schools operate alternated weeks, and not all schools have resumed 100% face to face teaching. 

During these months of lock down most children have been sent by the families to their villages, unfortunately not all came back to Mammadu. Even some of the school kids are still away and not attending school yet.

Some of the smaller kids are just gone, they are not seen around anymore, and their phones stopped working. We have no idea of what happened to them and hope for the best. This is so sad to me.

We don’t have any volunteers, and for now no bookings neither for next year. This unfortunately is a huge problem as we rely on their help. Most probably we will need to adapt to this new situation and find new ways in assisting the kids, hopefully not reducing the number of the children.

In general, the mood of everybody kids and staff is very law, everybody is tired of this whole situation, everything is more complex and complicated, people in general are frustrated and the kids lost in happiness and joy. 

But there is one positive line too, we received more and better food donations. This happens mostly because the producers of groceries like veggies and eggs can’t stop their production, but the demand with hotels, restaurants and guesthouses closed is obviously less. So for now we enjoy better quality food and we will see what happens next. 

As always I wish to thank all of you for your continued help and support. Please take care of yourself.

Many warm hugs and kisses from all of us.

Ps: We still have to wear masks in public spaces (included Mammadu) so you must please find the smiles of our beautiful kids in their eyes.  

Oct 7, 2020

It was never so hard and difficult

Greetings to all my dear friends

Difficult because it’s hard to keep up to date with always changing restrictions which from time to time are even contradictory. One day gatherings of 50 people are allowed, the next day only for 10. 

Ministry of education announced the reopening of the schools, the president shut them again. 

And anyway, all restrictions are kind of open to different interpretations.

At the moment we are in a kind of no men land trying to keep going. Nobody actually knows how this school year will end. Will all the kids be promoted although not even half of the curricula has been taught? Will that not compromise them in the next year? Or will everybody just repeat this school year? A loss of a whole year for all kids? And what should happen to those ones who actually should start grate 1? We are waiting for the ministry to clarify but whatever decision it is it will penalize the children. 

The kids are back to school, but not every day, some go alternated days, other schools operate alternated weeks, and not all schools have resumed 100% face to face teaching. 

During these months of lock down most children have been sent by the families to their villages, unfortunately not all came back to Mammadu. Even some of the school kids are still away and not attending school yet.

Some of the smaller kids are just gone, they are not seen around anymore, and their phones stopped working. We have no idea of what happened to them and hope for the best. This is so sad to me.

We don’t have any volunteers, and for now no bookings neither for next year. This unfortunately is a huge problem as we rely on their help. Most probably we will need to adapt to this new situation and find new ways in assisting the kids, hopefully not reducing the number of the children.

In general, the mood of everybody kids and staff is very law, everybody is tired of this whole situation, everything is more complex and complicated, people in general are frustrated and the kids lost in happiness and joy. 

But there is one positive line too, we received more and better food donations. This happens mostly because the producers of groceries like veggies and eggs can’t stop their production, but the demand with hotels, restaurants and guesthouses closed is obviously less. So for now we enjoy better quality food and we will see what happens next. 

As always I wish to thank all of you for your continued help and support. Please take care of yourself.

Many warm hugs and kisses from all of us.

Ps: We still have to wear masks in public spaces (included Mammadu) so you must please find the smiles of our beautiful kids in their eyes.  

Jun 11, 2020

All good at Mammadu

From Archive, beginning 2020 BC (before Covid-19)
From Archive, beginning 2020 BC (before Covid-19)

Greetings to all my dear friends

Yes, we are all fine. Our general lockdown started on 28th March, everything was closed, only the most essential shops were open and everyone had to stay at home. Initially the lockdown was scheduled until 17th April, but was then extended to 4th May. The country was then in Phase 2 from 5. May to 1. June during which time restrictions were eased and it was possible to move around freely again.

We are now in Phase 3 where everything is almost normal, except that our borders are still closed. At Mammadu we are again permitted to engage and work with our children, obviously adhering to social distancing rules and wearing masks. Thanks to having internet at Mammadu the kids can attend distance learning classes. We still distribute food in the form of take-aways because restaurants are not yet permitted to work and one is not allowed to sit together at a table. Masks are compulsory even while driving alone in a car.

During this entire time we continued paying our staff their salaries and distributed meals to the our children’s families in the form of take-aways. The private schools started with distance learning as soon as lockdown was announced, while the public schools prepared paper copies of the learning material which then had to be fetched regularly. In the mean time the schools have started with normal contact lessons for the older learners. As from 22. June the pre-schoolers and kids up to Grade 3 can attend school as usual, and schools will open for all learners at the beginning of July.

At present masks are still compulsory. I hope that this restriction will be eased because it is really not healthy for children to breathe through their masks the entire morning.

Initially Namibia had 16 Covid-19 cases, most of which were imported. Even now there are still imported cases periodically. To control these outbreaks, people entering the country have to “do their time“ in quarantine for several weeks. 

Two weeks ago we unfortunately had a burglary where all our gas bottles were stolen, and we were left with a broken wheelbarrow, lock and fence. Obviously we were upset about it, but, I must say, it is somehow understandable because the people here are go through very hard times indeed. 

As always I wish to thank all of you for your continued help and support. Our Mammadu family is getting bigger and bigger, and it is really good to know that you are there for us. Please take care of yourself.

 Many warm hugs and kisses from all of us.

E-Learning
E-Learning
Social distancing
Social distancing
Food donations during Lock down
Food donations during Lock down
Food donations during Lock Down
Food donations during Lock Down
 
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