Around 80% of families of students at Eva Russell School have been left without an income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to your generous support, we’ve provided weekly food rations for these 130 families, along with educational material and family devotions.
School director Debora Prenza leads daily devotions with her staff via WhatsApp, and then reaches out to recent graduates of Eva Russell to help meet some of their needs. She also confers weekly with the six other Kids Alive school directors to plan and share ideas for spiritual and emotional care of the children.
The Kids Alive Dominican Republic staff have produced video clips to guide parents in engaging their children, keeping a daily routine, and addressing other issues such as stress and anxiety. The medical staff have also produced videos and flyers on COVID-19 prevention, use of personal protective equipment, and how to care for a sick person.
The country remains under curfew, with mandatory mask use and travel restrictions. Thank you to Tower Hill Church, Red Bank, NJ, for the masks you made and sent for all the children at Eva Russell!
Although it has been a challenging adjustment, with the guidance of their teachers and help from their families, our students have been able to continue with their studies at home.
Weekly videos created by Kids Alive staff focusing on children's emotional well-being have helped families connect with their children, guiding them through these days with less stress and anxiety.
Ever since schools closed on March 13, school directors have been meeting weekly to share educational strategies, protocols for COVID-19 prevention, and other best practices. Since WhatsApp is widely used, it has facilitated communication between students and their teachers.
We are grateful to Tower Hill Church for providing us with masks that have been issued to all our children. We praise God for His faithfulness and how He works in and through His people and our partners!
The government has announced that schools will reopen in August, with masks being mandatory. The kids are happy to test this new part of their uniform.
Since an improperly used mask can in fact contribute to infection, missionary Taylor Cruz has made several videos demonstrating how to safely put on, take off, and store a mask. These videos are distributed to families via WhatsApp.
Mello (left), an alumnus of Eva M Russell,, is now helping with food distribution. Most children's nutrition needs rely heavily on the school's breakfast and lunch programs. With schools ordered closed, these food rations now substitute for the children's meals.
Mello stands ready with bags of food, supplies, and children's schoolwork prepared by our teachers. The staff have done an amazing job staying in contact with students, checking in on academics as well as providing moral support.
Tower Hill Church in Red Bank, NJ, generously made and sent these masks for all the students at Eva M Russell School! These have been distributed and the children are getting used to them.
Families are grateful for the gift of food and other essential supplies during these weeks. Thanks to you, our generous donors, it's possible for us to support these children and their families during challenging times.
Our students’ families are given a day and time to come to school to pick up their food rations and their children's schoolwork. With masks on they line up, appropriately distanced, prepared for their turn.
All Eva Russell families receive food rations, which in rotation include eggs or chicken. Given that most families have lost their jobs during the pandemic, these supplies have been a great blessing.