From Tony Bursiquiot SOH Haiti- unedited
At this time no case of coronavirus is confirmed in Haiti yet. But we remain alert and now the government has taken the threat of COVID-19 seriously. Several restrictions are considered to prevent the virus from entering the territory of Haiti. In the meantime, important preventive measures against the virus are making the headlines in all the media. Those who have the means observe them but the majority of Haitians who live above the poverty line ignore them. Therefore we can imagine that the impact would be a real disaster if unfortunately, the virus will visit us.
The virus is not yet in Haiti but economically we are already affected because several countries in the world have already imposed economic and commercial restrictions on their borders, ports, and airports. Haiti is a very vulnerable country from all economic, social and political points of view. Not only Haiti imports more than 70% of consumer goods but also Haiti was in lockdown situation during the last 3 months of the last year political protests, which had already caused severe food shortage and push up prices 2 times more expensive. Today, with the coronavirus pandemic, the shortage is becoming even more severe, and if the virus hits Haiti, it would be an unprecedented humanitarian disaster. We must continue to pray for Haiti so that will not happen.
In all Star of Hope schools, we demand that preventive measures are strictly observed, we demand that the principles of hygiene are reinforced and applied:
- that water is always available at school for cooking, toilets and everywhere
- that children often wash their hands with treated water and soap.
- that the classrooms, the kitchen, the toilets the school environment are always
- that the food is prepared in good hygienic and nutritious conditions.
- that the pupils are motivated and informed of the preventive measures at school so that they observe them and apply them also at home and everywhere.
So fare all the schools operate in Haiti and all the other activities in general.
We visited Jeanton and Rigaud this week to follow up on the implementation and application of all the principles and preventive measures in schools. We are continuing these visits to other schools this week and next week.
Please find attached the photos that were taken at the Rigaud school of yesterday and Jeanton today.
Pray for all countries in the world to find ways to overcome this pandemic.
Stay safe! Tony