We are witnessing a surge of solidarity that formed spontaneously to support medical personnel and healthcare workers. People around the world are using their creativity for the sole purpose of expressing gratitude to those on the front line for the fight against the coronavirus. In New York and in different European cities and countries, we saw people clapping every evening from their windows to honor them. Virtual concerts are popping up everywhere. More than ever before, people are just looking for ways to help not only themselves but others.
Humanity at Work
This monumental outpouring of love, kindheartedness, consideration, neighborliness, generosity and friendliness is fueled by compassion. It is a fundamental principle in our system of justice that you have joined since you became an Aumazo partner. You teamed up with us to transform girls’ lives in rural communities in Cameroon with education. We cannot throw away the value that together we have already created with your gifts. If we do nothing now, this time these girls will fall back into the abyss.
At present, the big problem with COVID-19 in Cameroon is social dislocation caused by schools, churches and markets being closed. With the schools being shuttered for an indefinite period, we are taking advantage of this by increasing our tutoring program to four days a week, since it involves small groups permissible under the rules.
We really count on your compassion to keep girls in our tutoring program at the level to which we have already taken them. By all means, empathy will get us all through this crisis. It will be a sad day indeed for humanity if we lose our commitment to it.
Heightened State of Emotions
As Durand, one of our program teachers, said: “We have humbled ourselves and are doing all we can to continue a semblance of normality. We asked the following question in class “What is on your mind today?” to determine the girls’ emotional compass. Sandra, one of the girls, answered: “I wonder if we will even pass the high school entrance exam this year with this coronavirus problem. What is even difficult for me is the fact that I’m not always focused during lessons. Now every tiny noise in class becomes a great distraction. I need more help from teachers to address this issue.”
“Although we are doing all we can to give girls hope, the anxiety is palpable among them.” Durand continued. He also reported to us this morning that they are implementing the covid19 guidelines of washing hands, wearing masks, and respecting social distancing as you can discover in the attached picture.
Together in the Same Boat
We can all relate to Sandra’s feelings. No one around the world today is immune to the anxiety and fear of an uncertain future. However, today more than ever, we ask you to remember these girls who still count on us to keep hope. Perhaps you think you have so little today to give. Listen, we all feel that way given the unpredictability caused by the shutdown since the coronavirus appeared. Believe us, we get it. We are all in it together and we feel the same.
You know how to control your decision and do the right thing. And it has always been about what is important to you. Just act about the way that agrees with your thoughts and let’s kill the COVID-19 with compassion.
We thank you for being there for Aumazo during this unprecedented crisis.
Jacqueline Audige and the Board