Update May 1, 2020
South Sudan’s total number of COVID-19 cases rose from 34 to 45 on May 1. This is after 28 new cases were detected last Tuesday.
Dr. Akuay Cham, an associate professor at the College of Public Health at the University of Juba, called the one-day increase in confirmed cases worrying and indicates the virus is being transmitted locally as reported by the Voice of America. [https://www.voanews.com/listen/south-sudan-focus]
According to local newspapers, patients with COVID-19 are being treated from home due to a lack of medical facilities in the capital. As of this time, all cases seem to be confined to the capital Juba. No cases have been reported in Rumbek where Abukloi Secondary is located.
On April 9, the Ministry of General Education announced it was preparing a distance learning program for primary and secondary school students via radio and television. Education Minister Awut Deng said lessons for core subjects like English, Mathematics, and Sciences for primary and secondary school students will be delivered over radio stations and national television. [Reported by https://radiotamazuj.org]
You’ve heard it said many times by now, We’re all in this together. While we are all facing challenges at a national and personal level, Abukloi needs you now more than ever.
South Sudan is just experiencing their first COVID-19 cases. Orders to self-quarantine are already in place. Schools and universities are closed through at least April. The government has banned inbound and outbound flights and mass gatherings.
While these measures are helpful, we want to be completely transparent with you about what the reality looks like for our Abukloi family. All schools and student micro-loan businesses are closed, food sources are scarce, and without your support, our teachers and staff may have to receive limited pay. Imagine having to self-quarantine where you don't have refrigeration to store food, don't have soap to wash your hands multiple times a day, household disinfectants are unheard of, and food supplies are limited. Drought has ravaged South Sudan's crops. Over one million internally-displaced people are already straining medical facilities. Most people in South Sudan are living with compromised immune systems and malnutrition.
Abukloi Foundation must continue to support our teachers, staff, and students during this crisis.
Our teachers and staff are pillars in the community. They speak the local language and everyone trusts them. They are on the front line in preventing the spread of coronavirus. Training in best practices, they provide calm leadership and guidance and teach healthy COVID-19 transmission prevention practices. Our school’s director is personally housing five students from another school who have nowhere to go.
They are all in this together.
Can we be there for them?
Your generosity can help us provide consistent financial support in these unpredictable times.
How can you help?
We hope that you feel lead to give and pray for the safety of our teachers, students, and staff. We know many organizations need your support right now. We know your financial resources are stretched. Nevertheless, we hope that you will keep Abukloi in mind. Supporting our teachers will keep Abukloi strong during this most formidable challenge.
We will get through this by getting through it together.
Peace and Health,
The Abukloi Team