Covid-19 has impacted everyone across the world and has devastated families, communities and economies in every country. The Philippines implemented very strict policies from the start and continues to place severe restrictions on the movement of individuals in the country. The system is not perfect and elements such as testing and contact tracing could have been better, but we have managed to maintain a relatively low daily rate of confirmed cases compared to other countries.
Some of these restrictions have really affected the children in Angel House as they have not been allowed to leave the center since March of last year, that’s fifteen months of being confined inside the walls of Angel House. They have had no Day-care or elementary school classes during that time and are being home-schooled through modules collected from the school each week. It is difficult to assess the psychological impact of not being with their school friends or not being out in the community will have on their young minds.
Looking forward, it is going to be a slow process before we can return to a normal way of living; only 4% of Filipino adults have been immunized and the slow arrival of vaccines continues to be the major obstacle in gaining herd immunity. The government is hoping to achieve that goal by the end of the year, but many think that is not realistic, particularly as 40% of people are still hesitant about taking the vaccine. We can’t see face-to-face classes for our school students happening until next year. Which could have a significant impact on their education.
We are so thankful for your support through GlobalGiving, your funds mean that we have all the staff and resources that we need to educate and care for our children during these very challenging times. We provide them with facilities and activities that keep them happy and safe in the confines of our center; we are all looking forward to a better future for everyone.
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