I’m sure you are asking the question – “How is the Coronavirus affecting our children?”
During this worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 everyone is affected. The health authorities have listed the “most vulnerable” groups like the elderly, those with compromised immune systems, or are being treated for cancer or another major disease, and more. But even younger people and people who are not exhibiting any symptoms are contracting the virus, and more importantly, can be carriers of the virus.
This pandemic affects us all, not just those who have the virus. In an effort to stop the spread of the disease, governments have taken drastic measures to identify and isolate the carriers. But that was not enough to avoid global impact. It has now become necessary to stop as much interaction as possible to curb the spread of the virus. That means isolating us from one another – social distancing.
Most schools are closed indefinitely. Businesses are closed, including large corporations with thousands of employees. If employees can work from home, they are doing so. If they cannot, they must “stay home.” Many have no income at all during this “shutdown.” And how can you stay at home if you have no home?
But what about our children? I mean the ones in Asia that we are supporting. If you are a sponsor, this is for you. If you are not a sponsor, please keep reading, because we are all involved in this global problem.
In summary, here is what we know at the moment:
- Most importantly, ALL of our children are safe and healthy – NONE of them have signs of the virus or been exposed to it. The same is true of our care givers and workers.
- All of our child care centers have been shut down by the governments in their respective countries.
- The children have been moved to their “legal guardians” or some relative or neighbor who is willing to take them.
- We are maintaining communication with all of them to ensure their safety and support.
- Many of these children are already emotionally scarred and moving them only adds to their emotional difficulties – so, we are helping them cope and monitoring them for emotional issues.
- In many cases we are supplying relief packages (“BAGS of HOPE“) to the family who has taken on another mouth to feed at a time when they struggle to provide for their own. $10 can provide for one family for one week in India!
- When a child has no “legal guardian” or may not have a safe place to go, they are placed in foster care, or in rare cases they remain at the facility.
- Your continued support is critical in order for us to keep the facilities open and ready for them to return when the threat is over.
- More urgently, your contributions to our COVID-19 Emergency Fund, allowing us to provide relief packages to these families, is also critical. Donate now HERE.
And above all, continue to PRAY for these children and the workers in country who have dedicated their lives to caring for them.
We will keep you posted on the situation as we have more information.
Jeff, Ray, and the Agape Asia Team