Greetings to all my dear friends
Difficult because it’s hard to keep up to date with always changing restrictions which from time to time are even contradictory. One day gatherings of 50 people are allowed, the next day only for 10.
Ministry of education announced the reopening of the schools, the president shut them again.
And anyway, all restrictions are kind of open to different interpretations.
At the moment we are in a kind of no men land trying to keep going. Nobody actually knows how this school year will end. Will all the kids be promoted although not even half of the curricula has been taught? Will that not compromise them in the next year? Or will everybody just repeat this school year? A loss of a whole year for all kids? And what should happen to those ones who actually should start grate 1? We are waiting for the ministry to clarify but whatever decision it is it will penalize the children.
The kids are back to school, but not every day, some go alternated days, other schools operate alternated weeks, and not all schools have resumed 100% face to face teaching.
During these months of lock down most children have been sent by the families to their villages, unfortunately not all came back to Mammadu. Even some of the school kids are still away and not attending school yet.
Some of the smaller kids are just gone, they are not seen around anymore, and their phones stopped working. We have no idea of what happened to them and hope for the best. This is so sad to me.
We don’t have any volunteers, and for now no bookings neither for next year. This unfortunately is a huge problem as we rely on their help. Most probably we will need to adapt to this new situation and find new ways in assisting the kids, hopefully not reducing the number of the children.
In general, the mood of everybody kids and staff is very law, everybody is tired of this whole situation, everything is more complex and complicated, people in general are frustrated and the kids lost in happiness and joy.
But there is one positive line too, we received more and better food donations. This happens mostly because the producers of groceries like veggies and eggs can’t stop their production, but the demand with hotels, restaurants and guesthouses closed is obviously less. So for now we enjoy better quality food and we will see what happens next.
As always I wish to thank all of you for your continued help and support. Please take care of yourself.
Many warm hugs and kisses from all of us.
Ps: We still have to wear masks in public spaces (included Mammadu) so you must please find the smiles of our beautiful kids in their eyes.