There was much celebration in the office with the arrival of a beautiful new Skygo motorbike that was donated by a truly kind and generous supporter of PROTECT. Thank you so much, we really appreciate your thoughtfulness, and it will make our work and life so much easier. Go raibh mile maith agat / Asante sana na nashukuru.
Unfortunately, Covid19 made itself known on 13th March and the Kenyan Government were extremely fast to introduce restrictions throughout the country and one such included the closure of all schools during March. The students involved in PROTECT programmes went home to their parents and our staff immediately began to create innovative methods of staying in contact, mentoring, and supporting students and parents.
Fortunately, the April school holiday timetable of activities had been drawn up by the staff and this helped the students to put structure on their days. The downside was that the group life skills and parental trainings could not take place but the staff ensured that phone contact was made with each student and parent every week and this proved very supportive and encouraging for everyone. Every phone call brought with it the importance of prevention strategies against the virus.
Covid19 restrictions brought about many changes in our office communication systems and with it a new learning curve in technology. Working from home brought with it beneficial office practices albeit some frustrations along the way. WhatsApp, Team Viewer and WeTransfer were life savers for us particularly when I was at home here in Ireland and needed to be in touch with the office every day. Mile buiochas dóibh.
Our big disappointment during April was missing our 11th Good Friday Walk and everybody missed that lovely annual occasion and let us hope and pray that life will have returned to some form of normality by next Good Friday, 2nd April 2021.
This Easter will be different to those in the past and it is our wish that everyone will be safe and care for each other.
Pasaka njema kwa kila mtu, Happy Easter everyone.