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Caring for the vulnerable during Coronavirus
During this time, donors, Child Sponsors, and supporters have made it possible for us to reposition our care for our children from the Ministry CarePoint model to now serving them from home along with their entire “families. That means that over 7500 individuals are receiving food, hygiene packs, and resources during this COVID-19 lock down thanks to you.
We praise the Lord that none of our 1500+ children, their families, or our 200+ staff have been infected with the virus to date. We continue to monitor this regularly and are ready to respond as needed.
We see some additional good news on the horizon. It appears that restrictions are beginning to loosen. Two countries are planning to open schools back up. This will allow us to resume some of our Ministry CarePoints with the required safe guards and protections.
During these last three months we have continued to pray Psalm 91 daily as an organization. Praying the Lord will have this virus ‘Passover’ Africa. We praise Him for His protection and the generally low infection rates in most of our countries. We continue to be on guard and use caution to protect our children, families, and staff as we move forward.
In response to COVID-19, staff members in all 7 of the countries Christ’s Hope serves are working hard to provide our children, their families, and the local communities resources such as food, masks, soap, hand sanitizer, hand-washing stations, and more!
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.