In July two HKI donors took the extraordinary step of fully funding the purchase of a one-acre garden for the Porayar community, including soil preparation, seed, and workers. The garden will provide both food and income. The first crops were sown in August 2020.
Basic non-perishable provisions are bought in bulk, repackaged, and given to crèche families by crèche staff every few weeks. It is a lifeline for families.
Families cannot afford the few rupees masks cost. The crèche staff has been making masks and distribuiting them widely to the school communities.
When restrictions allow, crèche nurses and staff visit children’s homes to check on their well-being, teach about Covid-19, deliver food, and maintain contact with the children.
Community Nursing and Urgent Care:
Crèche nurses continue to staff the Health Center take part in home visits, and arrange with the authorities for transportation and clinic visits when urgent care is needed for crèche children and their families.
A Necessary Building Project Provides Employment:
Good Shepherd’s beautiful new kitchen is nearly completed. It’s our last preschool to get an unattached kitchen which the government now requires. All the work was done manually, giving many employment and greatly needed income.
Full Salaries for Staff:
Most staff are the primary earner for their families. Their salaries also benefit crèche communities, where they all live. While school is closed staff participate in all projects, take additional training, and meet regularly to plan curriculum and safety protocals. They are ready for schools to reopen.
Reserving Funds for School Restarting:
The children have suffered during this time. They need the safety, stability and stimulation of their school — and the assurance that school will be there for them. Despite the great immediate need, funds must be available for school to resume.