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i was in Uganda from mid-February to mid-March and want to update you about the status of our older girls in school, the very girls this project is helping to support! The good news is the Uganda school year got off to a good start in February. I, along with two other volunteers visited many of the secondary students at the schools where they board. I've included a photo of one visit at the very end of February. This gave us the opportunity to talk with the girls one on one to see how they liked school as well as to provide encouragement to the girls.
Four days after I flew back to the U.S.,.Uganda's president sent all students home from school for 30 days as well as undertook other measures, all aimed at stopping the coronavirus from spreading within Uganda. As of April 8th, there are 53 reported coronaivrus cases in Uganda with zero deaths reported. We hope that containment efforts continue to be successful.
According to Uganda school officials, they currently expect the school year to progress with students returning to school at some point and making up for missed school days by shortening or eliminating the two three-week term breaks and/or extending the school year into December. We are operating under this understanding that students are just home for an earlier break than normal but will go back in May (or maybe June) depending on what happens.
In the meantime, we are helping the northern Agwata community where many of our students live. The clinic is making preparations to better withstand any health issues the community might face during the upcoming rainy season (May and June). So whether it might be increased cases of malaria, pneumonia or coronavirus, we are helping the community's clinic workers prepare to the extent we have funds available for this. This in turn will better support our students who are home on break and who depend on the local clinic for their health care.
We appreciate your continued support of keeping older secondary (7th to 12th grade) girls in school until we locate additional sponsorship and scholarship supporters for them. We also appreciate your continued support during this time as the whole world waits for the coronavirus crisis to pass so that we can return to a new normal. And especially importantly, so that our girls can return to school!