When the coronavirus started spreading globally, Tent Schools International was ready, proactively preparing their students for what was coming.
“When the virus first started spreading around the globe,” Emily Klooster says, “teachers held lessons on good hygiene like covering coughs, washing hands and wiping down surfaces.”
And Klooster says these students needed the training, as refugee populations are very vulnerable to the coronavirus. “The close quarters and lack of certain basics in the camps present a definite challenge if COVID-19 reaches them. One example is a refugee center on the island of Lesbos in Greece, which has the capacity for 2,800 people. But it now hosts more than 19,000 children, women, and men. It’s nearly impossible for anyone living in this situation to follow health guidelines, as you can imagine, and protect themselves from a virus.”
In fact, UNICEF is calling for all vulnerable refugees to be brought to the Greek mainland. Klooster says, “Some European member states have committed to relocate refugee children from the Greek islands once borders reopen.”
Meanwhile, Tent School’s partner in Lebanon says they have had no cases yet; so far, they’ve been protected by the camp’s rural setting. Klooster says, “That’s a benefit these camps are experiencing right now. But if the virus becomes as widespread as it has in other areas of the world, it will likely touch the lives of almost everyone in the camps.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Consider giving to Tent Schools International to help provide resources and hope to students and their families.
- Pray that the students would learn well from their homes, and that they would be free from fear.
- Pray that the coronavirus would not spread into the refugee camps around the world.