The COVID-19 pandemic drove 1.6 billion kids out of the classroom last year. While some continued their education online, others dropped out and stayed out. In East Africa, school shutdowns meant job loss for many teachers.
“Most of the teachers have been terminated. A lot of schools won’t even be able to reopen because all the teachers have new occupations,” Dean Vander Mey of Set Free Ministries says.
With help from its supporters, Set Free kept teachers employed throughout the school year. “We paid them the same salary every week, and we commissioned them to go into the villages, find their students, and disciple them one-on-one,” Vander Mey continues.
These visits did more than provide teachers with a paycheck. They kept hope alive and protected vulnerable kids. More about that here.
“We call them ‘wellness checks’, and the wellness checks had a huge part of the children not being abused because they (predators) knew teachers were going to come to the home and see how the children were doing.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
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