Oct 18, 2020

Education During COVID-19

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Education has presented a challenge for the children of Thandanani in 2020.

Estimates in South Africa show that up to end September children have lost between 30 and 59 school days (depending on their grade) during the pandemic, and although schools are now back they will probably lose more between now and the end of the year due to social distancing measures e.g. half the class only attending school every alternate day.

So with the return of school attendance it’s definitely been a whole new experience for our Thandanani children, not only having to convince them to wear masks all day at school, but then having to continue with online lessons on the alternate days at home.

And it’s also been a learning curve for our house parents who have to keep track of who is at school on which day given that it varies by grade, and the fact that our children attend 7 different schools, not to mention trying to figure out which online class which child should log into on which day. And we’ve had to change our mode of transport because children that would normally have gone to school in a mini-taxi (16-seater microbus) no longer do so because of the risk of the virus in that environment, and in place of that we have decided to take them to school and back ourselves, with some schools being up to 20 kms away and the resultant cost of fuel and wear-and-tear on our vehicles.

But notwithstanding the challenges we remain upbeat because not only is education taking place, but we’re surviving the pandemic, and our children have remained virus free for which we are extremely grateful.

And of course we owe a debt of gratitude to you our supporters, and thank you once again for every donation whether big or small that has been helping us to survive the Covid-19 challenge.

Best wishes

Paul

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Oct 17, 2020

Not the Transformation we Anticipated in 2020

The name of this project is “Transform 22 Children’s Lives” but the Covid events of 2020 were not quite the transformation we were expecting.

South Africa seems to be well past the peak of the pandemic and although the country didn’t survive unscathed, we seem to have experienced a lot less deaths than what were being projected, and most importantly we have managed to keep our Thandanani family free of the virus. This has not been without its challenges but I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Thandanani house parents who have stuck to the task, sometimes at the expense of not taking their off-days (when they were entitled to), so that they wouldn’t be going back into a foreign environment where they may have picked up an infection and brought it back to the home.

The children are now all back at school but it’s definitely a whole new experience for them with stringent measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus, for example some schools are only meeting on alternate days so that they can achieve the correct social distancing in the classroom, and they are obliged to wear masks all the time while at school.

But having said we’re making good progress we nevertheless need to continue to exercise vigilance, and being vigilant means in some instances extra cost for us, for example, children that would normally have gone to school in a mini-taxi (16-seater microbus) no longer do so because of the risk of the virus in that environment, and in place of that we have decided to take them to school and back ourselves, with some schools being up to 20 kms away and the resultant cost of fuel and wear-and-tear on our vehicles.

But we’re not complaining, and we’re extremely grateful that we’re surviving the pandemic, and we owe a debt of gratitude to you our supporters, and thank you once again for every donation whether big or small that has been helping us to survive the Covid-19 challenge.

Best wishes

Paul

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Sep 23, 2020

Surviving Covid-19 Lockdown

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that supported this initiative, every donation whether big or small has been helping us to survive the Covid-19 challenge.

South Africa seems to be well past the peak of the pandemic and although the country didn’t survive unscathed, we seem to have experienced a lot less deaths than what were being projected, and most importantly we have managed to keep our Thandanani family free of the virus. This has not been without its challenges but I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Thandanani house parents who have stuck to the task, sometimes at the expense of not taking their off-days (when they were entitled to), so that they wouldn’t be going back into a foreign environment where they may have picked up an infection and brought it back to the home.

The children are now all back at school but it’s definitely a whole new experience for them with stringent measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus, for example some schools are only meeting on alternate days so that they can achieve the correct social distancing in the classroom, and they are obliged to wear masks all the time while at school.

But having said we’re making good progress we nevertheless need to continue to exercise vigilance, and being vigilant means in some instances extra cost for us, for example, children that would normally have gone to school in a mini-taxi (16-seater microbus) no longer do so because of the risk of the virus in that environment, and in place of that we have decided to take them to school and back ourselves, with some schools being up to 20 kms away and the resultant cost of fuel and wear-and-tear on our vehicles.

But we’re not complaining, and we’re extremely grateful that we’re surviving the pandemic, and we owe a debt of gratitude to you our supporters.

Best wishes
Paul

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