Some of our schools across the globe are closed, in Haiti hit hard again by reoccurring man-made and natural disasters the process is a bit different.
The US State Department says to not travel to Haiti now, coronavirus is not the reason it is civil unrest and violence.
However, our staff although throttled are still working to do what is best for the children, here is a report from Tony in Haiti.
Star of Hope Haiti,
Update March 2, 2020.
No case of coronavirus epidemic has yet to be confirmed in Haiti. But if that would happen it would be a disaster; all the unsanitary conditions are there to make the virus spread quickly. There is a lot of talk in the news about the virus, but the authorities take no serious preventive measures to deal with it. The already decried Haitian health system will find it very difficult to efficiently manage large-scale cases.
Everyone must feel concerned. Caution is advised. The organization Star of Hope Haiti requires the leaders of the schools to take new measures of hygiene and protection adopted for the well-being of all. We require the leaders to keep the school environment very clean, to supply the school with sufficient water, to treat water well for drinking and washing hands, always have in the school pharmacy kits of first aid drugs including Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, alcohol, thermometer, chlorine, etc. for any case of fever, flu, an illness that might occur during the operation of the school.
In addition to the epidemic, the general situation in the country is calm in the streets but very choppy in the media and dangerous in the streets due to frequent cases of kidnappings and assassinations by heavily armed bandits who disturb the public peace and the freedom of citizens to go out to take care of their daily activity.
despite the vertiginous rise of insecurity in the streets, school and all other activities are going as usual, but people are afraid of being on the streets or going around if necessary. Anyone is a target of being kidnapped, robbed or killed by bandits who rule the streets.
Since the beginning of the new year of 2020, all 7 schools supported by Star of Hope are open and operating at full capacity. The leaders came every month to the office of Star of Hope to bring the expense report of the past month to be able to receive at the same time the support of the current month allocated to school programs: to pay salaries of 250 employees, and to support quality education for 3400 children in 7 schools across the country.
there are no important facts in the schools which deserve to be reported but there is at least one small event which was organized in Hesse schools during February that I would please share with you: a special lunch of eggs organized for preschool children.
Hesse school preschoolers had a special meal at school last month. They had for lunch: a dish of eggs with bread, tomato, onions, watercress, and grapefruit juice. 84 children eat for the first time in the school canteen a dish of eggs instead of an ordinary everyday meal. They were all happy to eat a full dish of eggs with natural juice made in school. The eggs were not bought but eggs laid by the hens they had received as gifts for Christmas. Each child brings 2 eggs to the school at the request of the school to prepare this special meal for children. It was an amazing experience that everyone found to be great. The preparation of such a favorite dish of the children had come to the mind of the leaders not to please the children but also to show to the donors and the population how the last donation of 408 breeding chicken is a promising and prospered project for parents and children beneficiaries of this project. Beneficiaries are already starting to enjoy the fruits of this project which will allow them to eat or sell chicken eggs as well as the chicken when they need them or to hatch the eggs to produce chicks which will become chickens.
The income of the poor comes partly from labor and the sale of animal production. Parents and children that we are helping live on their own agriculture and their livestock production. The hens and goats breeding project is a large income-generating project. So, thank you for standing firmly by us and to strongly believe that together we can still accomplish great things for our children.