What's happening in Kenya? Updated 28 Oct 2020 Kenya has had a rise in positive Covid 19 cases since restrictions were relaxed recently, with more than 50,000 confirmed cases and at least 934 deaths.
A daily nationwide curfew is in effect from 11pm to 4am (local time). At the end of September the curfew was extended for a further 60 days. During curfew hours, everyone must stay at home or indoors, except for essential service workers.The Government of Kenya has directed that face masks must be worn in public places.
All Kenyan schools were expected to stay closed until January 2021, but from mid October year 8 students have returned to school. Final year exams (taken in Oct/Nov ) are cancelled, so pupils will need to repeat the whole year.There have been government-run school programmes via the radio, television and online since students stopped going to classes in March. However, there are many who do not have access to the technology.
What's happening at Calvary Zion Children's Home? The Calvary Zion children have been attempting to follow schoolwork provided by their schools. They now have a wifi internet connection and a couple of laptops so the children can access some learning materials. A local teacher has kindly volunteered to help out on a part-time basis and our Trust has agreed to pay his expenses in order to continue following our aim to support the children's education. Four of the children are in year 8 so they have started back at school.
Normally some of the older children are boarding out at school or college but since the onset of the virus they are now all at the Home. As you can imagine this takes a lot of organisation, resources and patience!
Repairs to the main gate have been completed which will improve security but there are still a number of repairs outstanding due to difficulty getting workmen and supplies at this time. More information on this is available on the Building Repair Appeal page.