Hello Photo Start supporters and followers!
We hope you are staying safe during these tumultuous times of Covid-19, or Coronavirus Disease 2019.
One of the first lessons in our program is on proper hygiene, particularly with washing hands using anti-bacterial soap, and keeping our fingers away from our faces.
This is good advice every day, but especially good advice now. Please take precautions. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and keep them away from your face. Check out this short video on the importance of washing hands as we teach it to the Photo Start kids.
Here are further instructions on prevention of spreading Covid-19 from the United States CDC (Center for Disease Control).
We made the decision to ask our trainers to cease programming earlier this month. Further, schools and other childcare centers, or public areas, have been shuttered in Kenya and South Africa, as well as in the United States. And this week, on Monday 23rd March, the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, declared a nationwide shutdown, after already having shut down air travel in and out of the country.
Our team and students are spread out across the globe, and it is always important that we work together to make these decisions. We are working hard on finding ways to re-purpose our team and our program, and we rely on our partners to help keep the students protected.
Please stay tuned to this space as we update you – our friends, families, and supporters – on our next course of action.
Remember: Practice social distancing [stay home], wash your hands with soap and water, and basically practice good hygiene.