Supporting families during corona times

On International Family Day we wish to highlight some of the activities that our project partners do in order to support families and communities in these corona crisis times.

We asked some of our returned volunteers and partners to talk about how families are supported at their projects.

It is clear that utilising existing organisational structures is key in this respect.

Teachers in India support their students’ families

Adrià from the September Team who had to return from his project in Jaipur, India, prematurely, are in touch with his colleagues at Humana People to People India daily. India’s population of more than a billion people are in lockdown – an economic disaster for families who earn their livelihoods in the informal sector, meaning that they need to earn an income everyday to eat.

“The teachers at the Kadam (Step–Up) projects are in touch with their students – and their families – every day.

They give homework everyday, and they make follow–ups. They are also taking care of awareness of the current situation for all the families, introducing  good habits, delivering food and hygenic stuff.

This is what is called “family call”. Every teacher has around 40 students in the  Kadam and Kadam+ projects. They give support in all aspects for all the families and specially keeping busy the students.”

Pre-schools as community hubs  in Malawi

Leyre worked with Early Childhood Development Centres in and around Dowa in central Malawi. The centres are pre-schools organised by parents in the villages and run by volunteer caregivers. Leyre explains:

“I can say that the value of the project is the focus on early education. Through the volunteers, the project aims to show and make the society realise its importance. The DAPP Teacher Training College and the organisation offers motivation and support in order to have infrastructures that really allows it to happen.

It is about showing the long way of education, the opportunities that education can give for the future and provoking a little change in their minds about a more open future with more possibilities.”

“Creating schools and developing the education is also a way to offer links between people, between kids, parents, teacher and the communities in general. It is a common goal that can improve everyone’s life and also gives hope, support and empowerment of the people.”

These connections between people, the network around the pre-schools, is important when new concepts need to be grasped and understood – for example that there is novel corona virus around and how to avoid the spread of the infection.  

The teacher training college is a hub from which important information can be given, for example in training sessions of the caregivers.

A structured gap year can be just what you need.

It is clear that utilising already existing organisational structures is key when it comes to informing and mobilising families and communities about stopping the spread of the virus.

 

 

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