Posted Jul 18, 2020
It is hard to believe that 2020 is half- way gone! We are faring well at Mercy Touch, despite all the uncertainty experienced in 2020. We are grateful for all your support.
To date, there are 2, 810 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country with 1, 450 recoveries. Most national business operations have resumed. Schools have opened only to exam writing students, while observing social distancing rules. University students are still learning through online forums. At Mercy Touch we continue to conduct weekly family church services via Zoom to avoid COVID-19 transmission.
With the children being out of school, they have helped with farm harvest, which has been a good yield. We have harvested maize (corn), groundnuts (peanuts) and sweet potatoes. We also have pigs, eggs, and poultry that we are selling at the local market and to regular customers in the community. The homes maintain vegetable gardens which are flourishing and producing healthy vegetables.
Along with educational learning from home, the children have kept busy with other extracurricular activities. They have been doing regular dance workouts for fun to keep fit, playing sports, and other games. They have also been participating in programs that promote their self-esteem and foster self-confidence. The children continue to produce crafts and other items that are sold locally.
The feeding program is still not being conducted in large gatherings, but the community members are provided with food and supplements to support the wellbeing of the children and families.
An exciting new development is the launching of a “Mercy Touch Enterprises” Facebook page used to advertise products and receive orders from local customers. We hope this will expand our reach and increase revenue to support sustainability.
We are looking forward to hosting a virtual tour in the near future. Keep an eye out for the upcoming announcement!
Thank you for your continued support.