ON A NATIONAL LEVEL
With the highest rate of density population in the world a pandemic like COVID-19 is devastating for India. The country has been hit incredibly hard by the virus and the extremely strict lockdown laws in place to combat infection. While the Government has put efforts in place to support at risk people there is still a tremendous need. We are fortunate to live in a “Green Zone” where there are relatively low cases, other areas are seeing thousands of new cases each day.
As time goes on it is expected that the virus will become more prominent in our area, thankfully a lower population density will work in our favor if/when it does.
The work here doesn’t stop when there is a lockdown. If we want to have enough food to eat, fields have to be harvested, watered and tended to every single day. Without the regular seasonal labor that we are used to, our staff and children have stepped up. In addition to their already full workload, they have dug deep and put in the extra hours to ensure our wheat crop was harvested, corn was planted and fields were prepared and ready for our rice paddy planting when the monsoon rains arrive. Here are just a few of the incredible people who have stepped up in the last few months. We are so proud of each of them:
In the coming weeks we will be relying more than ever on our staff, staff children, our older Mission kids and the large number of returned alumni (old Mission children who have returned home to wait out the lockdown). The monsoon will be here any day, which means there will be an endless list of jobs to do with urgent pace. Maintenance issues and medical expenses tend to be more regular during the monsoon season. It may be difficult, be we know that together we can get through this!
There is always hope. Even in the darkest of nights we can remember that the dawn will eventually come. We are reminding ourselves and our children of this fact as we read stories and reports of the horrors that others have endured these last few months. In the hope of inspiring our supporters and providing a little update of life here in lockdown, we put together this quick little video – may it bring some joy into your life.