Children are not the face of Covid-19 pandemic but they risk being among its biggest victims. In the past year till date children lives have being changed in profound ways. As families lose their sources of income, more households were pushed into poverty. For the poorest families, including those who do not have access to social protection, the situation is harrowing. The harmful effect of COVID-19 has been devastating among those already disadvantaged or in vulnerable situations.
Wearing masks, social distancing and lockdowns have been part of the mitigating measures used to curtail the virus. Unfortunately this has increased economic stress in vulnerable households which in turn increases domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. Child protection services have also been weakened due to implement measures of control in spread of the virus. When schools and other support systems are closed many children are prevented access to what they need to survive and thrive.
In Lesotho in-person learning is gradually resuming for most schools. CCF has partnered with various schools towards ensuring safe return to classrooms. We are assisting in provision of lunch meals, masks and hand sanitizers to help minimize the spread. The slow spread of Covid-19 depends on an entire communities efforts. If the spread is controlled schools can remain open and children can continue to thrive.
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Residents in Leribe district, Lesotho know their hopes and dreams for their neighborhoods. Some of their hopes include safe streets, homes, a park for kids to play and schools where children can thrive. Despite this recognition, primary school enrollment rate in the community is low. Among contributing factors are insufficient resources, poor infrastructure, household responsibilities and community perceptions.
Children City Foundation (CCF) framework focuses on basic education needs. Our team worked with Ikhetheleng Primary school to identify and address some of these needs where feasible. We discovered children of different grades were placed in one classroom due to limited number of classroom in the school. In some classrooms there were no chairs and tables for students to sit on.
In August 2021, CCF donated chairs and desks to Ikhetheleng Primary school. Both the teachers and pupils were pleased to come to the new arrangement after their winter break. The principal was very thankful and mentioned that this will have an impact on many more pupils in the coming years.
This is one among many challenges children face within this community. CCF continues to focus on the overall wellbeing of children. To donate or volunteer in our projects please email us; email@example.com.
The year 2020 was a difficult and challenging year globally due to Covid-19. Sub-saharan African was not left out. While the region is battling with myriad of problems, Covid-19 wreck lots of havoc, hence pushing the region further into hunger and poverty. Children City Foundation (CCF) catered for needs of the most vulnerable population in Southern Africa and Nigeria during the holidays in 2020.
The CCF partnered with other groups in Koster, South Africa; Botha Botha, Lesotho and Lagos, Nigeria. Food and hygiene products were distributed to vulnerable families in these areas. The needs are enormous, nevertheless CCF tried to do the little we can to put smile on the faces of families in these communities. One of the families said: “this will be different holidays, we will not have to go around the community to ask for food”.
CCF will continue to make a difference where it can. There are projects planned for 2021, hoping to make more positive impact in these impoverished communities. To participate in our projects visit our Give page on the website and see various ways you can touch a life wherever you are around the world.