# Home under Covid
Despite the restrictions life has been going on and management and staff have borne up to the challenge remarkably well
I thought you would like to know how the children and staff have been getting along under Covid shutdown. I have therefore selected some photographs which I think illustrate what has been happening.
Despite the restrictions life has been going on and management and staff have borne up to the challenge remarkably well.
The Government acted quickly in March to close down the Country as soon as the first cases were identified. You know Gillian was by the grace of God able to return to NI at the end of March. During that period we equipped the homes with sanitizer and masks and issued guidance to them to reduce the risk of transmission. Schools were closed and we re-employed most of our teachers as tutors as we replaced school with Home tuition. We could not, for the sake of their health and general discipline have so many children idle.
Previous reports describe hardships being experienced by many and the action we took in one situation.
In the homes we have organised some special activities for the children. We have had a birthday celebration for everyone in each home. Many children are unaware of the date of their birthdays so a general celebration was organised. Team sports have been a feature for the older children at Wamba.
Of course all the normal things have continued and this has included hospital visits for those ill and two children obtained long awaited surgery. Management has been reporting to us here formally on a monthly basis although hardly a day goes past without some contact thanks to Whats App and Messenger. Routine maintenance continues along with monthly shopping although we have taken steps to pay bills electronically and pay many staff to their telephones to avoid the need for visits to Isiolo the County town.
We give thanks for Raphael and Bosco two of our local Trustees who have helped management with advice and guidance on the ground. We also thank the local Government administration which after some initial confusion has rowed in behind our management with support.
Give thanks for team spirit and staff loyalty and for children's co-operation