COVID-19 Statement

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COVID-19 Statement

Building Resilience

The coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on everyone. It has changed things drastically in the UK and will have an immense impact across the globe too.
As the countries where we work in Africa continue to adapt and respond to the extreme need caused by curfews, strict lockdowns, global warming related flooding and economic changes, we are still formulating what our formal response to the pandemic will be. We want to continue to lend communities a hand up, not a handout, and are working with our local programme staff to address community needs.
We are as yet unsure of the full impact Covid-19 will have on the orphans and their communities who we support in East Africa. Many of our beneficiaries are older people and those with long term or underlying health issues – particularly HIV-related. These people are likely to become increasingly vulnerable as the disease spreads.
Our education programme is continuing to support our primary and secondary school students who need access to online learning materials, but who have no computers.  We are printing out and distributing educational resources and encouraging those with a phone to keep in touch with each other and TMT regularly for learning.
The TMT farmers’ cooperative is already supporting those most under-represented people and communities with strong community leadership, organising, handling money and providing loans to those who have recently had their fishponds or farms flooded.  This is a great asset in the response as well as being some of the neediest people themselves.

Obviously all this extra work presents an increased demand on our resources, but we remain totally committed to supporting our families and projects through these extremely difficult times. We will continue to keep you updated with news and direct appeals in the coming weeks as the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic become more apparent on the lives of those we work with and support.
May 2020