Corona crisis: Current information on the situation in the projects

+++ Status: 25.05.2020 +++

The worldwide distribution of Covid-19 continues and in many of our project countries the number of cases is increasing rapidly. However, due to very limited testing capacities, this is not fully documented and the exact numbers often remain unknown. In addition to the health risks of the Covid-19 disease, measures to contain the spread of the disease have serious economic and health implications for people in developing countries. It is already evident today that the most vulnerable people in the poorest parts of the world are suffering and will suffer most from these consequences.

We are in regular contact with our project coordinators and partner organisations on the ground. Below we would like to provide you with current information on the situation in our projects. You will find the projects under the different regions Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America and can read the respective updates there. The information is updated constantly.

Please note that in this overview we focus on updates that are particularly worth mentioning in the crisis. If you have questions about a specific project or cannot find current information about it, please contact us by mail.

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Africa

Djougou: Djougou: The students and trainees of the project Vocational training and education for strong women had to leave the project’s own hostel and returned to their families. Girls who either have no family or cannot return there for other reasons have found accommodation in the house of Dhyne, the local project manager.

Ballingho: In our project Career Prospects for Returnees the training of 40 young people had to be interrupted. However, since food is produced on-site as part of the training, the production operation may continue. Three young people have returned to their home villages. The others have chosen a temporary employment contract and are now helping to supply the region with fruit and vegetables.

Mombasa: In Kenya, as well, all schools and training centres are currently closed. Our tailoring class of the project Holistic Education for Children has meanwhile sewn several thousand protective masks and sold them to hotels and other shops. Many of the masks have also been distributed to poorer people.

Lomé: As part of our project Providing Prospects through Bilingual Education in Lomé, the trainees have developed several innovative ideas in response to the Corona crisis. For example, 8 apprentices, who are trained as stylists or seamstresses, have started with the production of face masks. Although the training centres are closed due to Corona, they were able to take their sewing machines home and start production. The reusable face masks are made of 100% cotton. At the same time, another group is engaged in the compilation of hygiene sets. The sets consist of a face mask, a soap, a pack of paper tissues and a small hygiene guide.

Johannesburg: The children and young adults of the project A Loving Home for Orphans are currently in home quarantine. Two of the young women, who already work as assistant teachers, now teach their students online and therefore continue to receive a small salary. One of the caretakers – a seamstress – sews protective masks and distributes them in the neighbourhood.

 

Cape Town: After weeks of school closures, construction work in the project Future through Education for Township Children can restart on 25.05. As many construction workers live in the township and are now finally earning money again, this also helps to ease the situation in the township.  

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Asia

In India all schools are currently closed and a nationwide lockdown has been imposed. The observance of the lockdown is massively controlled by the police and if necessary also implemented with physical violence.

 

Dehradun: In Dehradun, only the children without families were allowed to stay in the dormitories of our project partner Aasraa Trust for the project Education creates opportunities for street children. These children will remain cared for and will now also receive online language lessons from Lufthansa Group volunteers. The teachers also use this time for further training and receive online language and IT lessons from the volunteers. Furthermore, more than 45,000 people were provided with food and were thus saved from starvation during the last 1 ½ months.

 

New Delhi: In Delhi, the children of the project Learning for Sunny Prospects for Slum Children are provided with food by Kuku, the project founder. Kuku was able to obtain an 8-day special permit for an employee who is now allowed to drive his rickshaw to nearby shops and purchase supplies for the project. For the daily distribution of food, the police officer stationed in the street exceptionally permits the children to walk to the project. Older youths help with the distribution of food. In addition, free drinking water is distributed to the children at all kiosks in the district. The kiosk operators are reimbursed for the water costs by the project.

 

Gurugram: Also in Gurguram, Devender, the founder of the project A better future for sporty children, is currently busy every day providing the children with food and staying in contact with them to ensure their well-being.

 

Beqaa-Valley: In the project Tent schools for refugees all tent schools are currently closed. Alternatively, the teachers now go from tent to tent and visit the children with their families and bring homework to them personally. The teachers have also developed online teaching units that the children can watch at home. The topic of “social distancing” cannot be implemented in the refugee camps because thousands of people live in very limited space. To wash hands 10 times a day (as recommended), one would need almost twice the amount of water as before, also soaps and disinfectants, face masks and gloves represent enormous additional costs.

Our partner organisation EcoHimal for our two projects in Nepal  (The Future lies in Spices and Genderfriendly Schools for Children) carries out the following relief and prevention measures in several districts: 1) Information campaigns about the virus and the necessary hygiene measures, 2) distribution of hygiene articles and disinfectants, 3) support for water supply in several villages, 4) distribution of seeds to local farmers.

Pattaya: Since schools are also closed in Thailand, the children and young people spend their time learning at the Child Protection Center of the project Protection against exploitation and child trafficking for Streetchildren. They also help a lot in the projects own garden, plant fruits and vegetables and take care of the animals. Due to their own cultivated land, a partial supply of fresh food for the children can be ensured. In addition, the children and young people sew face masks to distribute them among the poor population. The masks are distributed by the project staff.

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Europe

Düsseldorf: As part of our project Educational support for students together with the organization Chancenwerk, the measure cosinus@home was developed. From now on, all children will receive home exercise books in mathematics, German and English that promote basic skills. In this way, they can continue to work on their learning deficits. In addition, the project managers are also piloting the shift of the intensive courses to an online solution so that they can accompany children and young people on their individual learning paths. In Düsseldorf, the organization has already succeeded in offering a weekly math course in a video conference at the Dieter Forte Comprehensive School.

 

Hamburg: Our partner organisation “Hanseatic Help” for our project Pilots for a Strong Future has launched an online platform https://www.gemeinsamesache.org as a reaction to the Corona crisis to enable networking between volunteers and people in need. Since many affected people cannot always be reached online, a bridge is to be built from the digital to the analogue world. For this purpose they established the Hanseatic Help Call-Center (Hanseatic Helpline), which is supported by volunteers from the home office.

 

Frankfurt: Our partner organisation “Über den Tellerrand Frankfurt” now carries out several activities digitally. For example, meetings within the Job Buddy and Volunteer Rockets programs of our project Career prospects with Job Buddies are held with Job Buddies as zoom meetings. In addition, the organization uses its kitchen so that groups of two can prepare about 200 meals per week for the drug help center of the AIDS-Hilfe Frankfurt – La Strada.

 

Hattersheim: In the project How a café helps with integration, the children are no longer able to come for tutoring, so they now receive their homework by email. In addition, the project has collected books to build up a small lending library so that the children can continue to read at home. Online activities for children are also provided, such as a special yoga class for children.

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Latin America

São Laurenço: In order to support the residents of the neighbourhood who are stuck in home quarantine and to ensure their supply, volunteers from the project A better future for sporty children distributed 100 food packages to the poorest families. In addition, the project has launched an initiative to help the population, who often do not have access to the Internet, to apply for the government support package, which can only be applied for online.

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