Like many other countries, Mongolia has been in quarantine since 27 January 2020. Schools, social gathers, churches and other meetings have not been permitted to run their normal activities. Consequently, our family development project was also forced to close down with quarantine prolonged until 30 October 2020.
Community Centre in Hailaast
Although there has been no program for children and families during Covid-19 our Community Centre staff launched into September making preparations for the return of activities at the Government’s request. The staff made masks and face shields to distribute to the children, there was some maintenance on the heating system, we harvested potatoes for the children’s food project and did some rearranging of the centre’s room in accordance with social distancing requirements..
As of 22nd September, we will be working in the following areas:
- Educational support for registered children;
- Teen meeting;
- Mothers meeting;
- New program for Young adults.
Children have Suffered
Many children lack food and parental care and are behind in their school programme due to the Covid-19 crisis. School has been closed for a long time and not all have access to online programmes. To address this situation our teachers have prepared extra material to help these kids as the schools recommence. It’s been a hard time for children during lockdown with many being abused at home from drunk parents.
The Freeze Approaches
As winter approaches we would like to:
- Extend educational support for registered children specially during the intensive beginning of the new school year in September/2020.
- Support the children with shoes and schooling items during autumn and winter
- Transition, over a year, to a new teacher to replace our elderly one.
Direction and Donors
We have been able to engage with parents via phone calls and some of our teachers have been able to advise them on children’s issues. After a recent visit to a local partner school to get ideas on distance learning we are preparing an intensive education support package for the autumn and winter period. If you would like to contribute to the development of children in our care you can do so by donating via the button on the side panel. Thank you.