Strengthening access to education together now!
IBAN: EN11 7208 0001 0160 0333 88
Reference: PF Corona Fund
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Even during the current crisis, we are providing children with long-term support worldwide!
Some schools have closed, some have reopened. Many schools do not have photocopiers or digital teaching materials to continue to provide for the children. Also, some schools cannot meet the new hygiene requirements. Parents can no longer afford the school fees, and all school staff are experiencing financial hardship.
Our hospitals are no longer able to work normally due to the heightened risk of infection. Without patients, there are no revenues and staff are forced to reduce their working hours on no pay – while still trying to help children and patients who need help using digital technology.
Our children’s homes
Hygiene is a particular challenge at the moment, with large numbers of little children living in small rooms. In many cases there are insufficient sanitary facilities or running water. The children also urgently need to be occupied – they need workbooks, tablets and ways to learn online.
A fund to help in the crisis
Our motto for the year 2020 is “tales of happiness”.
Since the establishment of our KinderHaus facilities more than 20 years ago, we have already been able to help more than 220,000 children – and thus write many tales of happiness.
We hope that thanks to the relief fund and the continued support of our sponsors, the current crisis for our KinderHaus facilities will take a happy turn and we will soon be able to tell more tales of hapiness. After all, our goal is still to give children worldwide access to education.
So far, we have already been able to collect 220.330,01 € with our relief fund – help us to increase this amount even more!
IBAN: EN11 7208 0001 0160 0333 88
Reference: PF Corona Fund
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This is where we help
Money from our special pandemic fund – Corona Fund Education Healthcare – is used to provide immediate aid at the PATRIZIA KinderHaus facilities that need help now. We’re following this up with preventative measures aimed at containing Covid-19.
The coronavirus pandemic has also had a severe impact on the PATRIZIA school in Harare in Zimbabwe. Rising Star School would normally welcome 1180 children to the classroom every day, and for many pupils school dinners are the only nutritious meal will they will receive all day. The school has been completely shut down since the outbreak of the pandemic. Ever since, as well as having to stop lessons, the teachers are not being paid and it has been totally impossible to provide the children with nourishment.
This money is also partly being used to fund personnel costs and implement hygiene measures. Effective tools in combating the spread of Covid-19 are nose and mouth covers, soaps and disinfectants.
After the school’s budget, which mainly consists of school fees, fell short due to the coronavirus pandemic, the PATRIZIA Foundation was able to offer immediate help through the Corona Fund Education Healthcare: Money required to pay the staff’s salaries and to buy material for the new hygiene concept of the school.
A large part of the school budget comes from school fees. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, these are no longer available, which poses a threat to its existence and future development. The regular teachers of the public school are paid by the government. But the fees of other personnel, such as cleaning staff, cooks, drivers and additional private teachers, needed to be covered as well. At the beginning of the lockdown, the school immediately cut all costs possible, but the bills where still piling up.
The food had already been ordered and needed to be paid. In addition, maintenance fees e.g. for the excavation of feces from the sewers – which is an important hygiene factor for the school – also generates costs. Also, the school owns many valuable machines and other school equipment for training purposes, which need be protected from theft. For this reason, the school is illuminated at night. This is a very important security aspect, especially during the lockdown phase, where a lower number of personnel is on-site.
In order to meet new hygiene standard requirements and prevent the spreading of diseases, the school needs to implement new washing facilities which are easily accessible for the students. Five such facilities are planned but not paid for yet.
The lockdown due to the pandemic hit the school at a particularly vulnerable time: The construction of a computer lab and a library had begun – the building needs to be finished before the brick shell is damaged. This building was being constructed by the students only, as part of their practical work assignment. During the construction works the students were allowed to practice masonry, welding and electricity under the supervision of their teachers. The students are very proud to be allowed to construct their own building. It will serve as a computer lab and library for at least 45 students. The students are at the stage of plastering and paving. The building is currently in its final stage of construction, and the money required will be used for cement, bricks, and other materials, which the school was supposed to cover from the school budget in the second term.
This building will serve the students as a place to study, develop their computer skills and to research. Because the building is big enough with 7 by 9m, the students will be able also to keep distance to each other.
How the Corona Fund Healthcare Education helped in Ntarama
With the funding provided under the Corona Fund Healthcare Education, the expenses of the PATRIZIA Vocational Training Center Ntarama were covered in three stages: firstly, the outstanding invoices regarding the staff, which helps relieve the distress on the community as a whole. Secondly, the fund pays for the electricity costs and maintenance of the school to preserve its valuable assets.
On a third level, the fund also goes into the necessary hygiene measure of five new washing facilities so that the school can be put back into operation as soon as possible. Also, the completion of the new computer lab and library is being supported through the fund by the purchase of materials like bricks etc.
With the resources from the Corona Fund Education Healthcare, we were able to compensate for financial losses caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, a digital range of services (systems, licences and expansion of a token system for location-independent work) was expanded and communication with families was improved through a telephone-supported interpreting service. Our partner SeeYou was thus given the guarantee that PATRIZIA Aftercare Hamburg will continue to be able to offer all services.
Picture 2: Diabetes consultant Birgit Stamm from SeeYou on a laptop
Due to the protective measures to contain the pandemic, established and proven processes in outreach socio-medical aftercare were suddenly no longer possible. The interdisciplinary team was faced with new challenges – always with the aim of providing the best possible support for families, especially in times of crisis.
Aftercare staff could only visit the families at home in exceptional cases. This made the situation for families more difficult and caused financial losses for SeeYou. In addition, the foundation urgently needed interpreting services for the telephone consultation with families who have only limited knowledge of German language.
SeeYou still made it possible: The employees supported the families and helped them to build up an individual supply network even in these difficult times. Especially in the case of chronic diseases, a stable social and medical network improves the success of medical treatment.
How the Corona Fund Education Healthcare actually helps in the aftercare centre
SeeYou took new paths and introduced virtual processes. PATRIZIA Foundation provided financial support for the purchase of a digital system as well as licenses and the expansion of a token system for working location-independently.
With the resources from the PATRIZIA Foundation Fund, SeeYou can continue its services without any limitations and be there for families with premature babies or chronically ill children, even if the health insurance does not cover all services. Here, the operating grant from the relief fund ensured that the aftercare work of the SeeYou staff could also be paid. With an interpreter service, the aftercare staff were also able to talk to their patients without barriers and provide them with targeted help.
PATRIZIA Child Care Grabouw, South Africa
As an immediate measure, the PATRIZIA Foundation has provided help from the resources of the Corona Fund Education Healthcare on three levels. Firstly, it distributed food vouchers for the local supermarkets to the families of the learners. In addition, the foundation supported the continued employment of the educare staff while the centre was closed. Thirdly, the young people were provided with learning materials to give them access to education even during the lockdown.
Many of the parents whose children come here are seasonal fruit picking workers who have no income during winters. The pandemic left many unemployed. Without income they can no longer afford school fees and even employees of the Foundation feared for their wages as we began to see a change in funding opportunities across the board. (We are happy to report that we were able to retain our full ECD staff component at this time.)
How the Corona Fund Education Healthcare in Grabouw specifically helps
Thembalitsha Foundation was able to distribute food during the months that the centres were closed thanks to the financial support of the fund. The families of the learners received vouchers for the local supermarkets.
The PATRIZIA Children Foundation also helped support the continued payment of the staff of the Educare Centres in Grabouw – despite the closures. This funding enabled the foundation to help principals and teachers of the centres through this continuously challenging time.
From the fund’s resources, the project managers and school directors organized activities and learning resources for the students and their families at home. In order to reach as many learners as possible, the main aim was to make those resources easily accessible, so they prepared material specifically for the various age groups and in their mother tongues.
The educare centres have opened their doors again in September under the government’s strict COVID regulations so the donated funds from PATRIZIA have helped ensure with some of the costs to buy PPE and food for the children to be fed well during their school day and keep them safe from infection. A lot of the parents still cannot afford any school fees as they still do not have work and some of the learners have not returned to school yet but we continue to support them as best we can.
PATRIZIA School Yaoundé, Cameroon
Life at PATRIZIA School Yaoundé – with its 600 pupils and 65 teachers, not to mention other staff members – came to a screeching halt when COVID-19 hit. To help the school return to normality as soon as possible, it received money from the Corona Fund Education Healthcare. These funds were invested in much-needed renovations to sanitary facilities, new masks, disinfectant and medical supplies for a recently erected infirmary. A full-time nurse is also now a member of the establishment. But first of all, the school needed help with producing learning materials and supplying pupils at home. In a country where less than half of all primary schoolchildren have the option of moving up to a secondary school, education means the world to children and their parents. The plan in the long term is to set up a multimedia room at the school.
Until the new hygiene concept was developed and introduced, the school wanted to make sure its children did not lose access to education. Staff received funding to produce and share lessons, plus exercises for the children to do at home so they could stay involved and keep receiving an education.
The Corona Fund Education Healthcare also made sure hygiene issues were addressed so that pupils and staff could return to school. Handwashing facilities were set up at the school entrance, which can be used by twenty pupils at a time. On top of that, every pupil was equipped with masks. The entire school is now disinfected multiple times every day. The school also succeeded in acquiring medical equipment for its new infirmary. A full-time nurse will now be responsible for taking care of the pupils and staff.
The government has introduced part-time education for the current school year. In addition, class numbers have been revised downwards and remote learning is recommended as a better response to COVID-19. Next comes the fitting of a multimedia room, also thanks to the financial resources provided through the Corona Fund Education Healthcare.
“No Chance for Corona” – how a comic book helps kids to understand the virus
For this reason, Welthungerhilfe, partner of the PATRIZIA Foundation in Kenya, together with the Berlin-based social enterprise WASH United, has developed a comic strip to help children and young people to understand COVID-19. It provides young people between the ages of 10 and 14 and with information about the coronavirus itself and other preventative hygiene measures. It has been translated into more than 20 languages, from Amharic to Pashtu and Swahili.
Helping our communities stay safe
Here we have collected some for you. Read them for yourself and find out how our project partners or parents of our school children, for example, gather new strength in difficult times.
Debbie is a teacher at the PATRIZIA School Buyamba in Uganda. She teaches English and Science to primary school students. Currently, as the school is closed, she is in lockdown at home.
Debbie, how are people in your community coping with the situation?
We have been lockdown for a few weeks and everybody is at home now. A lot of people in my community are slowly running out of supplies and need food – especially the elderly in the village. Everyone is looking around to see who could need help, not only family members. So many people are donating food to other people, not in a big way, but they look around and care for those living next door.
How do you help?
When I go shopping, I think of my older neighbours and take an additional kilo of sugar or cornmeal with me to give to them. Often when I am cooking for my family, I will also carry an additional plate to our older neighbour. We like to eat matoke in our area – that is plantains, which can be cooked in a thousand different ways. With matoke everybody has a full stomach, and it is healthy and tastes incredibly good.
Peter Nshimyumukizais a former student from the PATRIZIA Vocational Training Ntarama in Rwanda. He settled down with his family in the region and works usually as a qualified worker on construction sites. He also built his family house by himself. He has two children, Jean Simeon and Jean Yves.
Peter, how is your family coping with the situation?
My children are aged three and five years old. They do not fully understand the situation. Currently they are not allowed to play with other children, as they are used to. They also do not go to school and kindergarten. Again and again, every time something new about corona, they ask about it. They have many questions. They are also a bit afraid that mum or dad might get sick.
How do you help?
I cannot explain to my children what is really going on in the world, but I understand their fear and I want to take it away. That is why I have taught them prayers that they recite over and over when they feel a little bit of fear. The boys came up with the idea of sharing the prayers with other children, so we write them on slips of paper and leave them outside their friends’ doors whenever we go shopping.
Théophile Rutabana is Managing Director at the PATRIZIA Vocational Training Ntarama in Rwanda.
Théophile, how are the people in your community coping with the situation?
The situation is precarious. Many people have no jobs and we don’t know how long the crisis will last. People in my village collect money to help those who cannot afford to buy food during the lockdown. Every donor gives a small amount of money, but we appreciate every donation. Everyone who can afford it is willing to help. This fosters a good feeling of community.
Schools were told to provide help. As Managing Director of a public school, I decided to offer professional help with the charity work.
I was involved in fundraising and helping the poorest in the community. We collected a lot of donations and organised help for people in our village. The needy families ended up with 5 kilos of corn and 5 kilos of beans. This required many donations and was a great success.
Father Jude is the parish priest in Buymaba in Uganda. He is also the priest of our project partner at the PATRIZIA School in the village. He not only takes care of the spiritual well-being of the school. Together with the principal, Madame Sylvia, he helps run the school. The PATRIZIA School in Buyamba is his heart and soul.
Father Jude, how are the people in your community coping with the situation?
Food has become very expensive, as is usual in times of crisis, so people are eating all their supplies. People are more afraid now of hunger than coronavirus. Also, the families will not be able to pay the school fees either. As a school we have to be prepared for this. What is positive about such a crisis is that the people in the village stick together and help each other more than usual.
I am a priest of the parish, so my job is to help but I cannot help everyone. I have a few families where I know that I must take care of them because they cannot do it themselves. But most of the help I give is to the children who come to me. There are some who come every day or stay with me because their parents have smaller children for whom they can hardly care. So, the older children stay with me to survive. One of them finished primary school last year, two of them are in secondary school, some of them just come for lunch because they would not get it at home. So that’s my help and that’s a given and no matter if the crisis is called corona or poverty.