HOPE ON THE HORIZON
THE LATEST UPDATES ON THE CORONAVIRUS
CHILD HEALTH STATUS
EVERYONE IS HEALTHY
Currently, all of the children are safe and healthy. We have taken precautionary measures to ensure we maintain the health and safety of every child under our care. Only essential personnel are allowed on the micro community, and increased hand washing has been implemented.
All schools are currently closed, and the high school students in Kenya have returned from boarding school to the micro communities. In March, we closed our K-12 school at La Providencia in Honduras in response to a government mandate.
There is a training about to occur with the staff, teaching them the importance of their own self care and how to help the children emotionally cope with this disruption in their lives. We are continually amazed by the resiliency of the children who continue to remain in good spirits.
OUR GLOBAL FAMILY
The Horizon family spans across the world. From Kenya to Guatemala to Honduras. Due to swift governmental action and strict social distancing efforts, the overall cases in these countries are relatively low. There are zero cases in all of our micro communities. Many of these countries have taken different actions to ensure the spread is contained. Many have shut down their borders and suspended international flights to and from their countries.
GIVING IN TIMES OF NEED
It’s not about the “me,” it’s about the “we.” While the Horizon children are our top priority, we cannot forget the surrounding communities that we are a part of. Our clinic in Honduras donated plastic lenses for eye protection, disposable latex gloves, disposable masks, disposable gowns, and cotton to the Siguatepeque municipality where it is located. The donations were delivered to the City Committee for Emergencies as a contribution to the COVID-19 crisis response. Additionally, there are zero cases yet in Siguatepeque, Honduras.
MAKING MASKS FOR THE COMMUNITY
At Baba Nyumbani in Kenya, the kids are using their life skills to fill a need for masks within the Micro Community and surrounding community! Social worker, Esther, and Micro Community Manager, Walter approached the kids about creating masks. The purpose was to protect themselves and the staff from COVID-19 as the Government and the Ministry of Health demanded.
While the staff could have sourced these at a high cost, the youth and children saw an opportunity to cut cost and do something for themselves from the sewing skills they have learned at the Micro Community’s craft and learning center. They also decided to create their own brand and staff are selling at local markets. The proceeds will come back to the Micro Community to benefit the needs of the children as well as fund fun gifts for the children as a token of appreciation!
DONATIONS FROM OUTSIDE ORGANIZATIONS
DINAF (Directorate for Children, Youth and Family) reached out to La Providencia in Honduras with a food donation from Nestle including: cereal boxes, chicken broth and soup. Micro Community Manager, Henry traveled to a local community to pick up this special donation!
UNICEF donated personal sanitation items to Maono Light in Kenya. Micro Community Manager, Paulyne, received the donation outside the gates of Maono Light-following social distancing guidelines.
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HOPE ON THE HORIZON
A NEW VIDEO SERIES
Join us as we sit down and connect with everyone and anyone connected to Horizon to see how they’re doing during this challenging time. From in-country staff to Horizon President to supporters. Right now, nothing is more important than connecting with each other. So, kick back, relax and enjoy this latest video series as we have a little fun and spread a little hope.