Since March 2020, Planète Enfants & Développement has been doing everything possible with its local teams and partners to pursue its projects. Update on the situation in our 4 countries of intervention.
In Burkina Faso: The number of cases of Covid-19 is progressing slowly, subject to the transparency of the figures. Indeed, little place in the news for the coronavirus in the run-up to the presidential elections in November. Growing insecurity is of greater concern in the country where more than 1 million people have had to move around to flee the violence.
Schools and nurseries have nevertheless been able to reopen following the Covid crisis. All of our projects are continuing for the moment.
In Vietnam: The virus circulates very little and the borders remain closed to foreigners except in exceptional cases. The borders remain closed to foreigners, except in exceptional cases. As a result, our civic services staff and our Volunteers of International Solidarity (VSI) work from France while waiting for their departure.
We are working with our teams and partners to set up training activities for early childhood educators and are developing our new project to fight against violence against women, Hy Vong.
In Cambodia: The number of people affected by the virus seems quite low. The implementation of strict controls on the arrival of foreigners on the country’s soil is still in place. The projects are getting back on track with the possibility of gathering people together, the progressive reopening of schools… We were able to organise the open doors of our new Kidora crèche last week.
In Nepal: The health crisis is intensifying with an average of 3,000 cases per day in a country with half the population of France. The numerous confinements and restrictions have strongly impacted our projects. We have set up virtual classes for the pupils of the Maternelle de l’Espoir in Kathmandu to compensate for the closure of schools. The construction of the boarding school for the Chepang girls is continuing with the beginning of the work planned for November.
Although the health situation seems to be under control in Cambodia, Vietnam and Burkina Faso, Covid-19 has a clear economic and social impact. Domestic violence has surged during confinement. Between the absence of tourists, job losses which are multiplying, unemployment is on the rise. Nepal is completely at a standstill.
More than ever we need to support these countries!
October, 21st 2020