We pray that you are safe and well in this time of extreme stress in our world. No matter where we live, we are affected with Covid-19 and the challenges of protecting our own health and those who are vulnerable around us.
This is an update to let you know what is happening with Metro Kids Africa. Both Uganda and South Africa are still in a strict lockdown. Thankfully at this time Covid-19 has not spread as it has in Europe and the USA and we pray this continues as countries in Africa do not have the medical equipment which other countries have. All our staff are staying in their homes as directed by the governments of their countries. We have regular interaction with the South African team and have a daily devotion with one another via our staff WhatsApp group. Communicating with the Ugandan staff is more difficult due to the fact that they do not have access to data for their phones, but we do communicate regularly with David, the Ugandan manager.
Thank you to those who have given money for food parcels for the children we work with. We have to safeguard the health of our staff, some of whom have underlying health conditions making them more vulnerable to the serious effects of the virus, which means at present we want our staff to stay at home. As soon as the governments allow and we have adequate safety measures in place we will be delivering the food to the children. We know they will be very grateful for these groceries.
The UK government has a furlough scheme which is designed to support firms that have been affected by coronavirus. The government will temporarily help pay the wages of the employee. The Metro Kids Africa trustees in the UK have placed James on furlough for 4 weeks commencing from 20 April. James and Janet will rotate this. This means that one of the Seniors will always be working and helping Metro Kids Africa continue to function. Some of you have asked what work can be done at this time. The last few months has been a productive time for James and Janet as work has been ongoing on a new website, lessons are being written, accountability reports submitted to governments and general communications have been kept up. This will continue, but only with either James or Janet working at one time. Once on furlough, legally you are not able to work.
We are thankful to you all for your prayers and financial support and we hope this can continue.
This Verse from the Bible has been a source of comfort and we pray it is for you.
“So, do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”
Isaiah 41 v 10
James and Janet