Almost to the day a year later we are finally welcoming our clients back at the Centre after getting the go ahead from the Department of Health. We are opening slowly. We have settled in four residents, and we have started to bring in our day care children/young adults from last Monday. It is a bit of a logistical nightmare but we are getting our heads around bringing each one in for one or two days a week to start off with, using half of our staff at a time. The distancing, mask wearing and vigilance with sanitizing are presenting some challenges but things are happening at last and it is simply wonderful to see everybody again, the children and the older ones, as well as the caregivers.
In the meantime we continue with the food parcels to families who are battling job losses, and also intensified our visits to and support of, disabled clients in the community in their own homes, which is a better option at this time despite the increased fuel costs.
We will keep our friends and supporters updated and want to thank you all for your wonderful generosity over the last 12 months which made it possible for us to continue to support those in need where ever we could.
I especially want to honour Eric and Nkosinathi and Mlu who continued to be available and worked hard throughout the many months of closure. They were the ones who braved the virus and delivered food parcels every month, transported people in need back and forth to the clinic or hospital, kept in touch with our children and their families and basically did whatever needed doing.
We are also very grateful to the Lord that none of our staff were adversely affected by the virus, although we did lose two of our most vulnerable children in September.
The HNO team