Dear Swedish Parents

Greetings to you all. Thankyou very much for the support to distribute the food essentials to the differently Abled children of Rajiv Gandhi Memorial High School, Challagundla. Food essentials were distributed to the children in their home villages. We thank the Swedish Parents for giving us this wonderful opportunity to visit them during this crisis time. We and children felt very happy to see each other’s. Many children expressed to return back to the children home and some of them even cried to come back to the home.
Those are the very emotional movements for us.  Me and our staff members distributed in 5 groups . 3 persons of staff in one group and they went to different villages to distribute the food supplies to the children.
All the children felt very happy to see us. Some of them are living with single Parents and some of them are living with grand parents, some of them are with their Care takers.
All of the children expressed their love and gratitude to the Swedish parents for remembering them in this time of need. Most of the children living in very poor conditions with out proper hygiene conditions. After visiting them I wrote a letter to the government authorities to accord permission for us to start our school since it’s a special school with special needs children. But they said it is the policy with the whole country not with a single school.
We all are much waiting for the reopening of the schools.
Government suggested for online classes but it will not work out single majority of the children doesn’t have internet access and many schools suggested that kits not a good idea.
We the school managements attendees many meetings with the concerned education department and expressed our views and ideas to continue the education back in their respective schools only rather than going for the online system only for few months till the schools start. I personally emphasised that it’s good to bring these special needs children back to the children home since they have many better fecilities than their homes and villages. We are even far better than any corporate school where they collect good amount of fees for education , they even failed to pay the salaries in this time of Pandamic. We owe a great debt of gratitude for all the Swedish parents association for their unconditional love and care for these children and school for not stopping their support in the  hour of need.
All the staff members have to attend the school 4 days week . It’s a mandatory. We personally visiting the children and families educating them with the COViD information, giving health and hygiene classes, bring awareness about the disease and disease control. The Volkswagen has also insisted us to conduct some awareness building programmes in the respective villages of the children along with their families. 
The government announced orally that the schools will be reopened by the first week of September. But no clear government order was issued so far.
The COViD cases are increasing every day in Andhrapradesh. It reached to 10000 cases per one single day. Andhrapradesh stood in 3rd place in our country by the number increase. Mortality is low but the cost of the private hospital was outrageous. No common person can meet the medical expenses. The government is much worried that the number will increase by September will rival against Brazil, Italy and USA.
it’s only going to get worse; Andhra Pradesh now has the fastest doubling time for any large state, with cases doubling in less than 11 days, twice as fast as the national average.
No beds are available in the hospitals, private hospitals no way, many are afraid to get checked medically, no maintenance of social distance and many other issues are involved in the increase of the COViD cases.
If at all the schools get started the government is making a list to be done at all the private schools like us. We are waiting for the government decision.
Thankyou once again for your big hearts for supporting us during this Pandamic. Hope and pray that everything will settle down soon and we will be praying for Sweden and other countries globally being effeted  with COViD cases that they should be restored back.
With Kind Regards,
Alice and Staff

Dear Swedish Parents association

Greetings to you all and hope to find you all in good health and cheer.
I would like to bring the updates of the Carona Virus in India. At present there are more than 70000 affected with this virus and 50000 people recovered from it and nearly 4000 people died with this Pandamic. India is taking neccessary precautionary measures to control the virus.
At present the 4 phase of lock down is going on with some restrictions.
1. Shops will be opened from 6 am to 9 am
2. No public transport allowed except 200 trains all over India and need to book the tickets online which the educated can only do this.
3 No permissions to religious activities, schools and colleges.
4. only 30% of the people are allowed in the offices.
5. No permission to social gathering only 10 allowed to funeral and 20 are allowed to marriages.
6. Every state can change some rules in consultation with the central government.
7. No three people can sit together etc
8. Markers for veggies only from 6 am to 9 am
9. Should wear the masks and using sanitizers is compulsory.
10. Rs 1000 penality if you spit in public.
There are many other rules also included in the lock for the sake of the people.

At challagundla there are only 4 children staying with me along with 5 families. The families and care takers of these children are held in other state as migrant workers. Out of this 2 one boy and one girl are lessening Computer education. All of the children will be back on the 8 th of July mean while I am approaching the commissioner of Disabled welfare to accord permission to our children to bring back them to the Chikdren home because these children are more vulanarable. They have very poor hygiene conditions at their homes and more over
Our’s is a special school for physically challenged the norms to maintain the distance in the classes will perfectly fit to our children since we have only 80 children in the children home. The decision is still pending with higher authorities.
The temperature is 47 degrees now and we have a severe heat in Challagundla. No plantation can be taken place during this time.
We have agreed with the government what ever the additional food we agreed to feed the children will be distributed to the respective children in their villages through our school staff. Rice, dal, chilli powder, oil, salt and sips with sanitizers and masks will be distributed to them with help of our monthly support. Since the state government is also distributed the provisions to the children back at their homes.
Once we receive the support we will distribute the food essentials to our children.
With regard to the milk since there were no children would it be possible for us to distribute the butter milk to the hillside child which is a very health food in the summer. We have 150 families like on the top of the hill from a nomad community. They are very poor and depend on rat catching in the agriculture fields.
If possible we can distribute food essentials to these children there will be 70 children in this community.
But this will be additional budget along with our regular support.
We have mangoes this year but the yielding is very less. Thankyou very much by proving with good RO water, solar system, Computer and Sewing centre. We really enjoyed our stay at Challagundla all credit goes to the Parents Association of Sweden who took special care about us
I will get back to with more details soon. Once again thank you for your Love Care and Support.

With Love, Alice and Children.

Special letter on the situation in Challagundla – COViD 19

In continuation with my previous mail I am giving the details of the our children at Challagundla during this Carona Pandamic time.
We planned to have some computer and sewing classes to the children during this measure time but the government declared continuation in the lockdown and asked all the schools to be shut down.
All the children were fine and we have to send them back to their respective homes and hand over them to their parents and care takers. This is the first time in the history of Challagundla all the children left the children home with a heavy heart.
Government made it a mandatory to vacate the Childrenhome to maintain social distance. Since all the children stay in the same children home the Govt said that it is a must that the children should be handed over to their parents and for the children who doesn’t have parents they were given responsibility to the care takers in their respective villages with the support of the government. Food essentials are being distributed to the particular disabled children with the help of the staff. Since our school and Children home is partially supported by the government I have say yes and obliged their proposal. I cannot say no to the government. The lockdown is still going on and now the government has given permission to distribute food essentials like rice, oil, chilli powder, soaps and masks etc directly to the children families and care takers . The government is also doing with the other children who are studying in the different children homes through out the state of Andhrapradesh.
Now the Indian Governmentis looking for genuine help from the donar agencies like you. They are very much concerned about the help we get from abroad.
We know that Sweden is also effected with this Pandamic. Even though you are going through a lot of crisis we appreciate for your continuous help and you never thought of withdrawing your valuable support. Thankyou so much for your outstanding generosity and for your unceasing Love for us. Hope we all will settle down soon and things get better. Children will be coming back in the 18 th of May .
Before they return back that have been given to the COViD test and once they are fine they will be taken back to the Childrenhome.
I will be sending the budget proposals soon and will give my quarterly report for January, February and March 2020 in this week .

With Love,
Alice

Updates on Covid19 in India

Dear Swedish Parents,

Greetings to you all. We hope you all in a good health and cheer. Now the world is suffering with Carona Pandamic finding no solution to control it except maintaining the social distance and taking necessary measures by maintaining good hygiene.
Hope Sweden is in a safe zone by taking immediate action against this Pandamic.
The Indian Prime minister diclared the complete national lockdown for 21 days till 14 th of April 2020.
This lockdown was announced for 21 days on the 22nd of March. The schools were declared holidays for these 21 days. All the market places were closed and no mode of transport is available. Farmers, self employees who are left with no livelihood.
With regard to the children in challagundla all the children are in good Heath. Necessary measures are being taken care for example children are provided with sanitizers, soaps. Maintains a social distance with 3 feet.
Since,there is no school no gathering is allowed and they are made to sit 1 mtr distance. ‘But the regular classes are being conducted by the teachers.The staff is attending the school regularly 2 persons in a day which means from 9 am to 1 am one person and another teacher from 2 pm to 5 pm. Right now 48 children are staying in the dorms. 32 children went home . Our government made a clear decision that no one should roam on the road.
Children are attending the classes regularly and and enjoying the free time. Regularly the teachers are explaining them that how should they protect themselves by washing hands and maintaining hygiene conditions.
At this juncture we cannot find a way to thank you for supporting Is in this crucial hours . Thankyou very much for all the support you have been extending us. We all are very proud of you for your continuous support and care.
Thankyou once again for your love care and concern.

Thankyou,
Alice

Dear Swedish Parents,

Greetings to you all. Hope all is well at your side and we all doing great so far. No traces of Carona virus in Challagundla Children home and school.
Thankyou very much for the Love care and support even in this crucial hours you have not forgotten us and keep on extending your continuous support and care.
We owe a great debt of gratitude for all our dear parents and Swedish parents association for your constant enquiry about our health and the conditions in India to combat against the Pandamic Carona virus. Thanks for your valuable advices through Samuel Tideman.
Now the total India was lock down and no people is allowed to go outside. All the city, town and villages boarders were blocked. No transportation is allowed in the roads except in a limited time to get some groceries and vegetables. Chicken and meat are available in black market but has very high price.

The government declared complete lock down till 31st March and has extended the date till April 12th.
Schools were given holidays no teacher is allowed to take classes. At present 65 children are staying in the children home and 15 children left to their villages after declaration of the holidays. Even for the present inmates the police are taking them in their vechicles to hand over them to their parents and relatives. For the children who have no parents and relatives the government is planning them to keep in Guntur hostel where they have all the medical facilities available. Since challagundla has no doctor available they have said that they will move the children to special home quarantine Centers in Guntur till April 12th and hand them
Over to us after the medical tests were done. The food bill will be collected by their respective NGO means organisations. It’s not only our children they are putting these guidelines to all the other organisations who works with the children in this Guntur district.
It’s a must for all the children to go for a medical test after their return to the children home. The government advised us because there is a tribal community near by the children home where as 100-120 children live on the hillside and they are crossing the boarders of the children home to spendi time in our school campus where there is no one to control them unless their families should have a control over. There is no compound wall around the school campus and we have lot of shady trees in the ground. We were put in a difficult situation not to stop those children or to educate them. Our school has taken the responsibility to educate and bring awareness among them.More over the summer heat is high and it is reaching to 38 degrees now.These children live in a very unhealthy atmosphere and a poor hygiene environment.
As for our Children are concerned we are bringing awareness among them by cleaning the hands as many times as he or she can. While coughing out the elbow around the mouth. Not to where others clothes ar sharing the same blanket outing two cots together. Lot of butter milk is served. More fruits in the diet with more citrus. Children were given hand kerchief to avoid sneezing and sweating. More sanitizers are being given to the children with the help of an elderly person and they were given with an extra package of soaps extra.
So far I will be able to know the decision of the education department with in few days.
I will get back to you with more updates sons.
Once again thanks for your care and support. We love you and praying for the rest of the world the you all remain in good health and cheer. Let’s us all fight against this Pandamic Carona virus.

Thanking you,
Alice and Children.