The uncertain times we are all facing are shared, equally, amongst our children – and of course their families, and all those who care for them. Below is a brief update of the situation in each of our countries, and some information about how they are managing.
Thank you for all your care
Together with Health and Education for All (HEAL), ELoH supports almost 100 children in Andrha Pradesh, giving these child amputees mobility support with the provision of prosthetics and all the extra care they need too. HEAL helps children from its wonderful centre at Paradise Village, which is a centre for impoverished orphans – children who have lost their families, and many who live with challenging disabilities too. Not all of our amputees are based at Paradise; those who live away are still supported and looked after with social media, and check-ups on the telephone … and
- They have installed Diksha, a distance learning app on their computers to help with their schooling, and in their free time they play games and read books
- They have distance learning in English, maths and science; and all the children are encouraged to write stories, draw and sing with families too
- For more information please look at Heal’s website: http://healcharity.org/uk/category/heal-paradise-village/
The situation here has been progressively worsening; as this being written on 4th May, the country is just ending another period of lockdown. Schools are remaining closed and social distancing is being advised, as much as possible. Few children here have access to home computers, but at least they have telephones enabling carers to contact them. In the words of Rob Brugler, one of the key workers for the children with our partnership Enable the Children (EtC) “Whilst our work looks different at the moment, we are in contact with the families and making sure they are well. It is tough for everyone, but we are thankful for our team and for your support through this time.”
- Their focus is to concentrate on the general health of the children, providing vitamins and dietary support, and – when they can – books to keep the children’s minds active
- Neighbouring Sierra Leone, the situation here has perhaps been even worse; with a lot of reported civil unrest heightening tensions in this very troubled, hot, very poor country. As this is written, Liberia has been in lockdown since 11 April, and land borders with Sierra Leone, as well as Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire remain closed. That said, as with our other projects, our partnership organisation Williette Safehouse staff have visited our nine child amputees – travelling many miles to reach them, putting themselves at risk, to monitor their general health; and deliver them with special care packages; containing masks, hand gel, cooking oil and sweets!
- Listen to the Liberian president, George Weah, singing about Corona – https://www.facebook.com/gweah/videos/3405398112810291/?v=3405398112810291