First the good news. Many Bambanani schools and both our disabled centers have been reopened for two weeks. Most of the children and teachers are doing well.
This is partly due to everyone who contributed to the Bambanani Emergency Fund. This enabled us to provide emergency aid for a year in the form of food for the most vulnerable children and a basic income for our teachers. With the remainder, a new food supply has been bought for the schools that are open again. The audio clip in this newsletter shows how happy they are with that!
Unfortunately, there is also less good news. Because the schools were closed for a long time, the food tunnels and school gardens were hardly maintained. And the November storm did not help as well. Of the 44 constructed tunnels, only two are still intact…
In recent weeks, we have been looking for a heavier quality food tunnel, which is more resistant to bright sun and heavy rain. Looks like we found those too!
A great campaign is in the making for the unbudgeted replacement of the broken tunnels and the purchase of new seeds.
More on that soon.