I believe it is very important to keep you up-to-date and be totally honest with you regarding what is currently happening and what progress we are making in our ministry. The current situation and challenge we face is the greatest I have ever seen. Reality is that the pandemic is still dramatically impacting India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. It has been difficult to get factual information. The governments are constantly changing, but the situation remains unstable.
Children were set to return to school the end of March, when the government extended the closure another 3-4 weeks. Some of the boarding schools have children now attending because their parents cannot afford to feed them. The only choice they have is to go to school and eat there. Child Impact is giving full support to this feeding program.
Nepal, Sri Lanka & Zambia
In Nepal, about 25% of the children have returned to school. At this time, we are unsure of the status of the one school we support in Sri Lanka. Riverside farms in Zambia is fully functional due to a low incidence of Covid.
I greatly appreciate the dedicated support and sponsorship donations for the children, even though many have not been able to attend school in over a year. Regrettably, we cannot guarantee that the money we send direct to children and food for their families are used for that purpose. We will continue to send funds and to help in any way we can. The sponsorship financial support will continue to the school your child attends so unpaid teachers may receive pay and the Adventist mission school do not permanently close. I feel we have a responsibility to do all we can to ensure that the Adventist mission schools can continue to operate during and after the pandemic.
I am asking for your support as we do our best to reach the children and to ensure these schools do not close.
I fully recognize the commitment you, as sponsors have made. Our request which we believe is in the best interest of your child is the follow continued support but there are two other options:
1. CONTINUE SPONSORSHIP
You can continue the support of your child through sponsorship with the understanding we are doing our best to get assistance to your child. If we are unable to deliver funds to your child, the funds will be held for their school specifically to ensure that they can cover overhead expense and remain open for your child. As soon as your child returns to school, we will update you on the progress moving forward. You do not need to take any action we will continue your sponsorship.
2. SPONSORSHIP HOLD
You can place your sponsorship on hold until the children return to school. Child Impact will continue to do our best to sponsor your child from the Unsponsored Child Fund until you are ready to re-activate your sponsorship. You would need to call us thank you.
3. CANCEL SPONSORSHIP
You may cancel your sponsorship and we will continue to support the child from Child Impact’s Unsponsored Child Fund. You would need to call us.
This is a difficult process to manage. Accurate information is difficult to attain from remote areas as is getting funds transferred between banks and schools. It is also difficult to require our field staff to travel during this pandemic.
We seek your continued support and prayers in this difficult situation.
Jim Rennie CEO Child Impact International