Nabanga Kristin Skul (=Christian School in Bislama language)


 

June 2020-- Here is an update from Maxine, director of the program:

2020 has proven to be a year like no other so far. One of our teachers, Rachel Tafau, has taken a year of leave this year. So Noeline Kimson is working alongside Losselinie Enock to teach the children. Our enrolment numbers have dropped this year, starting term 1 with 14 children. We only got through 7 weeks (half) of the first term before schools in Vanuatu were required to close indefinitely due to COVID-19. Then two weeks later, a category 5 (highest intensity) cyclone hit the island of Santo and other nearby islands, causing significant damage to Luganville and destroying some rural areas. Nabanga Skul suffered some damage to its roof, the shade over the sandpit, part of the fence, the outside noticeboard, and some resources. Praise the Lord the damage was only minimal compared to majority of the kindergartens and other schools around Luganville. Only about half a dozen of the kindergartens were still standing.

We are now in recovery mode. The yard and inside the classroom have been cleaned up and some repairs have been made, but there are still more repairs to complete. While we do not know when schools in Vanuatu will be allowed to operate normally (following COVID-19), we are thankful that our kindy is in a position to begin operation again when permitted.

 
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