The team at The Phillips Foundation wanted to share some news from our charity partner So They Can. You can subscribe to their emails by clicking here, scrolling to the footer and signing up. Read on!
Cass’s Weekly Update: 5th May 2020
While we know that in the developed world children are less likely to get the coronavirus and die, we don’t know if that will be true in Africa, where malnutrition and co-infections, for example from intestinal worms or other infections, might make children much more vulnerable.
Accordingly, as highlighted in my earlier letters, we are working hard to prevent infection and So They Can’s COVID-19 strategy is threefold:
- Immediate: Making and distributing masks to our communities – 2,000 to date with many more coming. Providing our clinics with PPE equipment and more basic medical supplies and constructing security gate to manage crowds and encourage social distancing.
- Preventative Education: Water stations – 122 water stations consisting of 60lt water tanks in central locations across our 3 communities, manned by a So They Can educator, for people to come and wash their hands and receive an education pamphlet re COVID and its prevention to take home.
- Student Education: Home schooling paper based learning kits of 3 months.
Thank you very much to everyone who donated money last week to support our Kenyan and Tanzanian students’ home based learning packs. It is so good to be working on distributing these to as many of our 23,000 children in Kenya and Tanzania as possible to support their education during this school closure period.
We have also been working hard to find the silver linings from COVID-19 and can now offer two fantastic education opportunities for our children and adults back here, thanks to So They Can supporters David Knight and the Phillips family.
Dave has created a brilliant social studies lesson for our children back on this side of the hemisphere with the help of So They Can Ambassador, former All Black, Conrad Smith and AFL Tom Phillips. This lesson is centred around COVID-19 and the concept of social distancing, helping to create worldly, empathetic children, in line with So They Can’s fundamental belief in Ubuntu (I am because of you). I really love how this lesson connects our children here with our children in Africa, educating and emphasising that we are one human race. Please take a look here and share with any in the education sector, or parents and friends as you would like to:
Longstanding and generous So They Can supporters, the Phillips family, have created the So They Can Workout Challenge with Lucy, Ed and Tom working together to devise a set of exercise challenges to work your agility, balance, flexibility, strength and coordination. They will be posting a different set of 5 each week for a month. The Phillips Foundation is kindly donating the cost for our Sew Women Can team to make 200 masks each day for four weeks, a total of 5,600 masks in their mammoth family effort to become the solution to the spread in our communities in Africa.
Just a gentle reminder, if you haven’t already, to buy your raffle tickets, only 8 more days to go.
Finally, I hope you are all keeping well physically and mentally. It seems so strange for really the first time in my lifetime, that I don’t know what next year will look like. For a control freak like me, this uncertainty is a bit daunting. The upside is it helps me appreciate today.