While the country of South Africa is under lockdown and schools are closed, Vhutshilo Mountain School staff continue to provide assistance for vulnerable children and families.
Schooling continues as grade R and grade 1 learn from home with teachers keeping in touch with parents via phone. Staff Taki and Director Khathu are checking into health issues, food needs and any other concerns or problems. At this point, school children and the outreach children remain healthy.
The vegetable garden is functioning during the lockdown with permission from the Department of Agriculture, as food security is essential. Volunteers Julia and Eunice work in the garden three times a week and report tomatoes and beetroot will be ready to harvest and provide to families next week. Board member Fiona is working on sourcing food donations from local shops.
Khathu visits the school site once a week to check the garden and buildings. Teachers reach out to families, shop for and check in with children and their families on an ongoing basis. Khathu applied for and received a permit to make home visits once a week, as needed.
While South Africa and Vhutshilo Mountain School are experiencing stressful times, as we are, they continue to support children and families while keeping themselves safe.
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