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Caring for the vulnerable during Coronavirus
During this COVID-19 pandemic, through our boredom and the worry of not having enough toilet paper, we are reminded of our children and families in Africa who are extremely vulnerable to the severity of this virus due to already weak immune systems, not having freezers and pantries stocked up with food, and the lack of quality medical care available to them.
In all of the countries we serve in (Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, DR Congo, and eSwatini) businesses and schools have been closed and the communities have been asked to social distance. Because of this, we have also closed our Ministry CarePoints to protect our children and staff from the spread of COVID-19. Our staff is carefully checking in on our children and delivering food packages to the children and families that need it most.
Thankfully, before the closures, our staff was able to be proactive in minimizing the risk of spread and exposure as well as prepare for quarantine and the impact it will have on the children in our care and their families. It’s important to remember that many of the children and families we serve already have compromised immune systems and this virus could be very dangerous to them.
We thank you for your continued partnership that allows us to keep serving these vulnerable children during this difficult time.
What does social distancing during COVID-19 look like for our children and staff in Africa?
Our children and staff in Africa are also staying home and practicing social distancing during this Coronavirus outbreak. The difference is, they don’t have fridges and pantries stocked with food. Most do not have running water, and their families are crammed into tiny, rundown shacks. Many of our children and their families have compromised immune systems, so this virus could be very dangerous to them. We are still checking in on them and delivering food packages to those who need it. Thank you for standing with us during COVID-19.
Which countries of the ones Christ's Hope serves in are affected?
As of right now, all seven countries that we work in have cases of COVID-19. Thankfully, the case numbers are low at this time, with the exception of South Africa. You can see the exact numbers by visiting the World Health Organization and searching Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, eSwatini, Namibia, and Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Is my Child Sponsorship payment needed at this time?
Yes, more than ever! Though we are not able to meet face to face with your sponsored child during this time, we are still caring for them by making sure they have enough food to eat, delivering food packages, health kits, and more.
Do any of the Christ's Hope children or staff in Africa have Coronavirus?
At this time, we are pleased to say that there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our Christ’s Hope children and staff in Africa. Pray with us that their heath continues.
Will letters still be delivered to your sponsored children?
We will do our best to deliver letters to the children, but understand because of the situation, they may be delayed or may not get to them at all until the shut down is over. However, we do encourage you to still write to your child during this time to encourage them! Whether they get it now, or once this is all over, we know it will mean so much to them to know you have been thinking of them throughout the outbreak!
What are CareGivers and staff doing during quarantine?
Our CareGivers and staff are working from home. This time is allowing them to get caught up and be proactive on bookkeeping, record keeping, and lesson plans.