Our thoughts and thanks are with the family of Roque Cyril DSouza who passed away recently. Roque owned a small local shop and loved keeping it well stocked for the children in his village.
After his passing his son got in touch and donated two car boots worth of goods. The latest one had boxes and boxes of Ice cream and drinks. We have already given out most of the items from the first load and will give the ice cream out during this week.
Thank you Our condolences to the family. May he rest in peace.
The 'lockdown' in Goa is continuing and although the cases are much better than they were Goa still has a very high positive rate compared to other states. Due to this the lockdown is continuing and putting extra strain on families that rely on a daily wage.
We continue to support our children and were delighted to receive a car boot full of items a few days ago. Most of which has already been given out to the families. Hopefully a few more items will be coming today.
One of our old students mentioned that he knew a family who was struggling so he kindly dropped off a goodie parcel to them
The last couple of weeks have been very difficult in Goa with Vivid cases exploding all over India and Goa having the highest positive rate out of all the states with it peaking at just over 50%.
We were eased into what seems like a very soft "lockdown" which to be honest is not really lock down as there are so many people out and about.
To add to the woes, we were hit hard by a cyclone which uprooted trees, just in the locality of Goa Outreach there are at least (within 1km) 6 trees fallen across the roads (and u haven't been out much, found those in one trip). Most of these have pulled down electricity lines, the small road Infront of the center has at least 3 damaged sections with the worst just outside our door.
There has not been any power since Saturday morning. I have had to empty the fridge and given chilled food out to a few families. There is no WiFi, no computer I am just managing to keep my phone charger (for now) but I don't know when power might come as there is so much work to be done here and so many places.
It's so humid at present now that the cyclone has moved on, so sleepless nights without fans.
On a positive note I have picked up some donations from Trupti this morning - lots of great children's others, inline skates and more!
By this time last year we had already been giving out rations to the children and families around Goa for over a month. We never thought that restrictions would still be in place a year later.
This latest lock down has seen more families return to their native place as cases continue to rise in Goa. For the last 3 days the number of new cases have been over 3000 and the percentage of those tested being positive rose to an unbelievable 51% a couple of days ago. That meant for every two people tested, one was found to be covid positive!
We continue to support the families and thankfully with this latest lockdown they have had over a day to prepare.
Please stay home and stay safe in this uncertain time, for more information about what we do or you would like to support us then do get in touch via our website