Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India

by HANDS AROUND THE WORLD
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India
Responding to COVID-19 Challenges - Africa & India

Project Report | Sep 22, 2022
Covid-19 Response Update September 2022

By Alex Kirkwood | Grants Manager

Children wearing PPE in socially distanced lesson
Children wearing PPE in socially distanced lesson

Welcome to Hands Around the World’s latest and final report on our work responding to Covid-19.

Since the last update, the Covid-19 situation at our projects has continued to improve; pupil numbers at HATW’s projects were substantially impacted by the pandemic, but are steadily building up again. At one of our worst-hit projects, the New Life Centre (NLC) in Sarberia, India, children were absent from school for a period totaling 18 months, with little or no access to online schooling. But the NLC is once again providing schooling for pupils aged 4-16, and whilst numbers are still a way off from pre-pandemic levels, they are climbing and showing promise as the project emerges from the grips of Covid. The NLC has also recently delivered tailoring and computing courses after school for young people with few or no qualifications and in need of skills development to enhance their employment prospects.

At Pizz School in Monze, Zambia, HATW has recently provided refresher support for Covid-19 prevention, helping sustain high standards of infection control as the project continues providing access to education for hundreds of disadvantaged children. With the school providing educational services for so many children, maintaining heightened standards of sanitising and cleaning remains prudent even as Covid cases continue to decline locally.

As the Covid-19 situation at our projects is manageable and improving, HATW will shortly be closing this project. Below are some highlights of HATW’s Covid-19 response from a selection of our projects since our response began – thank you so much for your generosity in helping bring about a swift and safe return to education for many children across our projects, as well as helping meet the needs of desperate community members during an unprecedented challenge.

At Pizz school, over 580 children were supported in their schooling through the pandemic. When not in lockdown, the school was able to open thanks to critical provisions provided by HATW, such as facemasks and gloves, handwash stations with hand soap and hand sanitiser (stationed outside every classroom), and surface disinfectants for classrooms and toilets. Infrared thermometers were also supplied to enable staff to check pupils’ temperatures before entering the school, helping staff identify any children who might have posed an infection risk. Even during lockdowns, through the dedication of staff at Pizz and with support from HATW, food packages were distributed to Monze’s most vulnerable children, prioritising the poorest as well as HIV positive children who must take their medication with a meal.

At Kaliyangile Vocational Training Centre in Chisamba, Zambia, Covid-19 severely inhibited the Centre’s ability to operate and deliver its main training programme, remaining closed throughout the pandemic. However, with HATW’s support the Centre was able to continue employing community members via the project’s farm, providing these employees with a regular income at a dire moment of widespread job losses and steeply rising food prices in Zambia. This employment proved to be a real lifeline for these workers. The Centre was also able to provide both food and clothing to Chisamba residents struggling to feed and clothe their families at an extremely desperate time. Furthermore, during the Centre’s closure staff were also able make preparations in anticipation of the Centre’s re-opening, including interviewing and registering a strong pool of students eager to commence various trainings in the likes of tailoring, computing, carpentry, agriculture and bee-keeping.

At the Disability Community Centre (DCC) in Kenya, in addition to enabling the safe running of the project through the pandemic, the Covid-19 PPE and other support allowed the Centre to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disability in December 2021, a lively event which saw His Excellency the Governor of Meru County and other dignitaries in attendance and which served to highlight the needs of persons with disability in Meru County, with emphasis on children’s access to education.

Through the generosity of everyone who has supported HATW’s Covid-19 response, we have been able to make a difference to UNICEF’s 2020 call to action to avert a ‘lost generation’ of children at risk of irreversible harm to their education from Covid-19. Thank you.

For our supporters who are making a regular donation to this project, we kindly ask that you consider switching your donation to support our fantastic project at Chez Papa Geoff orphanage in Benin. This project has been a real Covid-19 success story, as none of the children at the project were affected by the virus. They suffered only very limited disruption to schooling and thanks to the effectiveness of the farm at CPG, they did not experience hunger like many children around the world as they are able to produce their own food. The project provides safe haven, nutritious food, access to education and health care for the children it supports - children in desperate circumstances who would otherwise likely face a future of destitution and neglect.

If you would like to switch your donation, please opt to move your regular donation from the Covid-19 project to the Benin project. You can read more about the project by following the link provided below.

Our warmest thanks from all the team at HATW.

Pizz pupils having temperature checks on entry
Pizz pupils having temperature checks on entry
Hand washing stations provided to Pizz School
Hand washing stations provided to Pizz School
Children at HATW projects were supported with PPE
Children at HATW projects were supported with PPE

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May 13, 2022
Covid-19 response update May 2022

By Bridget Higginson | Executive Officer, HATW

Feb 3, 2022
Update on Covid-19 challenges - February 2022

By Bridget Higginson | Executive Officer, HATW

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Location: MONMOUTH, MONMOUTHSHIRE - United Kingdom
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Bridget Higginson
MONMOUTH , MONMOUTHSHIRE United Kingdom

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