With the rate of infection of Coronavirus that keeps on skyrocketing, governments all over the world are on high alert. In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe already ordered for schools across the nation to be closed down temporarily. People are panic buying toilet papers and other daily commodities. Although the city is not on lockdown yet, cities in Tokyo are also significantly less crowded than usual, even with the sakura season coming up.
On the contrary, our Seibo Malawi staff reported that things are still very normal in Malawi. Even though schools across the nation are now closed, people are still living their daily lives business as usual. As for now, in Malawi, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 yet. However we are unsure until when will Malawi be immune to this pandemic as they just received their first batch of testing kits.
What about the Seibo Kids? No school means no meal? Us at Seibo are still trying our best to provide meals for the children, just not through school feeding. Due to the current situation, we believe it is best for us to avoid large gatherings, hence we request parents to pick up Likuni Phala at the stations set up by Seibo and prepare it themselves at home. We also assist the parents by teaching them on how to prepare and store the meal properly.
Moreover, most of the population in Malawi are isolated from information in regards to the outbreak because they don’t have access to TV news, radio, or let alone the internet. For that matter, Seibo staff conducted a “Health Talk” for the kids and the parents so they can be more up to date on the information and know the ways of basic self hygiene practices. After the workshop, each child received a soap tablet, washing soap, and porridge.
We are trying our best to keep everyone informed on the coronavirus situation, for now all we can do is to pray for the best and hope everyone stays safe. Meanwhile, in times of crisis like this, we need your donation more than ever. Visit our “donation” section to find out how to become a donator.