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June 2020

India in Lockdown 

India, like the UK, has been in lockdown since March. Statistics on the virus have been a little uncertain due to limited testing and as medical facilities have become stretched. However it is clear that the cities have suffered most, with many, many migrant workers trapped without jobs or income and desperate to make their way to  home villages.Things have been somewhat better in the rural areas but even in small towns the new norm has become empty streets and closed shops.

Sylvia herself is well and as resilient but all three projects are closed until further notice.The nursing students are getting some structured online tuition but have been unable to take their end of year exams. The children in the school for the deaf and in the day centre are all at home with few facilities for continued learning but each member of staff has been allocated six children with whom to keep in touch by phone. These contacts and the food parcels sent to the most needy have been much appreciated by families.