COVID-19 Latest Update from New Horizons House
Here is our latest update from New Horizons House in India:
IA health expert came to NHH in April to evaluate all our girls and we are pleased to say that they are all healthy, with no cases of COVID-19! The girls are spending their days continuing to learn at the house, sew masks for the community, and care for the plants and animals that provide food for them.
Bhimavaram has had a slight increase in COVID-19 cases and, as a result, the town was placed in the “Red Zone”, which means no one is allowed in or out. In addition, the lockdown has been extended until the end of May. Podu, the closest town to the New Horizons House, is in the “Green Zone”, which means that all stores are open. As a result, groceries and supplies can be easily delivered to the home. When supplies are delivered, the staff sets them aside for three full days. Then all supplies are washed with baking soda and water before they are taken into the kitchen and the facility.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The girls have continued their online learning. All teachers are working each day and communicating with the girls through video. Esther conducts a daily video call with the girls as well. The crafts teacher has been showing the girls how to make bags out of newspaper, instead of plastic, which can be used at the facility. The girls are working together and studying hard.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The girls have been watching the videos sent by members of the board in the afternoon. If you'd like to make a 3 or 4-minute video for the girls at New Horizons House, please introduce yourself, talk about encouragement, and relate what you are doing during your quarantine time. All video submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for review.
Throughout the Coronavirus crisis of 2020, New Horizons House has become acutely aware of what is possible if we charge towards our goal of becoming a self-sustaining facility. Before COVID-19 swept throughout India, New Horizons House had begun moving towards our ambitious goal by laying the foundation for our teacher’s dormitory. As all construction projects came to an abrupt halt in light of this pandemic, we are now redirecting some of our capital spending reserve funds to ensure that our girls are well taken care of during this time.
Right now, we have an opportunity to supplement our on-site food production by adding two more cows and 50 additional chickens, in addition to having the girls help construct 20 raised vegetable beds that they will learn to tend. This is a great opportunity for us to save money long term regarding food production, but one we weren’t expecting to have during such a dynamic time.
By having our teachers live on our facility, we will be able to recruit the best teachers in India to teach and provide stability for themselves and the girls. While we know that times are tough right now, if you can spare $5 or $10, we would love if you could help us meet our $4,000 goal so we can provide the next level of care to the girls at NHH. Any help that you provide helps us to continue investing in the sustainability and development of the girls’ livelihood and skills for their future.
Please continue to keep the safety of the girls and staff in your prayers, along with patience and strength for the limited staff who remain at the home. We are grateful for your continued prayers and thank you in advance for whatever financial support you can provide in these difficult times!
We currently have 38 girls at New Horizons with hope for the future. Please consider making a recurring monthly investment at www.newhorizonshouse.org and let others know about the incredible opportunity we have to make a difference.
President & Founder