Dear friends and family,
It’s that time again to give you a clinic and preschool update:
Since my last update this has continued to be the essential part of our program. As I have previously mentioned, food makes a huge difference to our work given that kids travel long distances to see us and they often leave home very early.
Currently the country is going through a food crisis and was declared a disaster. This has caused an increase in the price of food in general. Thanks go out to the local shop that supplies us with food; they have been very understanding and supportive.
Due to the increase in the number of babies attending the school over the past two months we’ve had to try other types of food, which was recommended by the visiting nurse last month. She determined that some babies were under weight and as a result we have started providing baby milk to all children under five years-of-age.
This year the school has enjoyed the services of a teacher specialized in learning difficulties who has been a great addition to the team. This has allowed us to improve on the quality of service, as he has continued to develop individual education plans for the kids as well as lesson plans with the support staff who are then able to implement well-planned activities. Kids are making a lot of progress in literacy development, demonstrated by the seven kids who were able to join the public-school system at the beginning of this term.
The only drawback to the public-school system is the difficult support system, and over time we have had kids that are struggling to cope with classroom work come back to us for the afternoon support. Our plan for the future is to work on sharing knowledge and skills with some teachers in public school to encourage them to champion inclusive education. We are also in discussion with an organisation for parents of children with disabilities so that together we can champion this. The discussion will be finalized soon and the results will be shared in the next update.
Considering that all funding agencies require a good bookkeeping and accounting procedure for transparency and accountability, we are also proposing having a full-time bookkeeper or subcontracting an accounting film that can manage our books and produce a quarterly report.
The number of technical staff is still on the lower side. It would work better having one more rehabilitation technician, or more skilled or student volunteers to come support our work.
Any one with skills in contacting volunteer organisations please come forward to help.