Flashback: It is March 2020, and education comes to an abrupt halt as students are sent home. School closures are sudden and the first of many regulations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Within weeks, Uganda is under a strict lockdown, making reaching the community and students with food our highest priority. With your help, we distribute 220,000 meals to nearly 13,000 people.
Over the next 6 months, Uganda slowly eased restrictions, but schools remained closed indefinitely. We asked for your help in reaching students with educational materials to encourage learning from home. You responded generously, aiding the distribution of over 3,700 packets of learning materials to 665 students.
Today we are grateful to share that GSF students are back in school! The Ministry of Education here in Uganda released a plan for a phased reopening in order to allow students to return to in-person learning.
What does this mean for GSF? Primary 7 students returned first and graduated in April. We currently have Primary 4, Primary 5, and Primary 6 students coming to school, and the schoolyard is buzzing with life again. With students disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, we have never been so thankful for the opportunity to provide in-person instruction.
We look forward to welcoming the rest of the primary school students over the next few months. Please pray for perseverance as they eagerly wait for their time to come back to school!