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Collaboration is key in South America

The lack of home computers, coupled with power and internet outages, made moving classes and other activities online difficult. Co-operation between schools and parents overcame many of the obstacles.

Colombia

Alberto Enrique Pedraza Rallón, Director of Monte Verde Centre, which runs extracurricular activities for boys, says collaboration between the school and parents has been key:

“. . .It has been awesome, the students can still learn and grow. However, some students did not have access to internet for a couple of weeks. Fortunately, collaboration between parents and the school meant that 100 per cent of our boys are still hard at work.”

Monte Verde Juventus Program in Bogotá had to
temporarily close its doors in March –
 Video Jairo Ramírez Lincco.mp4

Venezuela

Liliana Solarte reports from Los Samanes Secondary School, where 44 students receive LINCCO scholarships, thatone outcome has been improved collaboration:

“…The pandemic has strengthened ties between the school, parents and students.”

L’école Los Samanes, à Maracaibo, dispense
un programme de leadership pour des jeunes filles issues de familles défavorisées

Economic crisis adds to the challenge

The closures due to COVID-19 intensified economic problems in some countries and brought new hardship to others. People who depend on casual labour to make a living lost the means to support their families. Our partners are responding to their needs.

Argentina

Fernando Armas, Director of Cuatro Vientos Centre, where 20 students receive LINCCO scholarships, reports that the mandatory shutdown has meant many parents cannot work and are unable to feed their families. The Centre is working with local services to provide aid to their students’ families.

Students at Cuatro Vientos Centre enjoy its activities before the COVID-19 shutdown

Africa affected by lockdown

Cameroon

Nolanga Study Centre is managing to keep its Project Excellence running online. The project provides coaching and teaching sessions to students. Fifteen-year-old Billy, a high school student, expresses his gratitude::

“. . .Despite the confinement, the supervisors continue to follow us via the internet. From them I have learned the virtue of order.”

Students at the Nolanga Study Centre take part
in programs to help them advance
academically and personally

Some projects had to be put on hold

Some programs LINCCO supports cannot be moved online because the participants need to be physically present. Our partners are making plans to resume their activities as soon as possible.  In the meantime, their services are greatly missed.

Cameroon

A project that brings milk and cookies to hundreds of children in the poorest parishes had to be put on hold. The 20 volunteers will resume work as soon as possible.

“Milk and Cookies” after school program delights 100s of children
but had to be put on hold due to the shutdown

Ivory Coast

Ilomba School had to close its doors when travel in and out of the capital, Abidjan, was halted in March. To ensure the students catch up, classes will either be offered more days a week or for longer hours.

Ilomba School outskirts of Abidjan, Ivory Coast had to temporarily close its doors  

Lebanon

Ignacio PdeA reports that the Citizens Project which offers youth mentoring services is on hold but the situation heightens the need for the program:

 “. . . One more reason that justifies the timeliness of our project to promote citizenship, so necessary to our country, especially now.”

Youth civics training, Beirut will resume as soon as permitted

South Africa

A mentoring program had to be temporarily suspended after 6 successful sessions. COVID-19 cases are few at present but, projections for September suggest that schools might not reopen then.  The program will restart as soon as schools are allowed to open.

Komati Foundation Mentoring Program on hold due to school closures

Uganda Medical camp replaced by the purchase of medicines

Medical camps are another important work supported by LINCCO. 

Two camps were planned for poor, rural areas in Uganda. One had been successfully held before the COVID-19 restrictions took effect. The second one was replaced by the purchase of essential medicines needed by health care units.

Rural Medical Assistance Project in Central Uganda:
First medical camp

Vocational training affected by lockdowns.

Government mandated lockdowns, because of COVID-19, have a big impact on hospitality industry and health care internship programs.  Finding a way to keep going is a challenge.

Cameroon

Sorawell Hotel and Hospitality Training School collaborated with the government to find an innovative way to conduct student assessments during the shut-down due to COVID-19.

Sorawell School students before the lock-down


For Brazil, Venezuela (Pitahaya School), the Philippines (Punlaan) and D.R. of Congo, consult the summer 2020 newsletter – COVID-19 edition (which you can receive by subscribing to the LINCCO newsletter) .

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