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Remaining upbeat in the time of Covid-19

Updated: Sep 12, 2020

The reopening of schools is still uncertain, leaving the children’s schooling in a state of flux. Mindful of the importance of maintaining a strong relationship with the children and checking the negative impact of unengaged and unproductive minds, FPVI continues to conduct its own version of Remote Learning. Regularly replenished with phone credits by FPVI, the families’ dated flip phones remain immensely helpful in keeping communication lines open with the children. All have been diligent in keeping their journals updated and their drawing books filled, completing Reading, Writing and Literacy assignments. Despite the profound disruption and unrelenting threat caused by the pandemic, it is heartening to note that the children have remained good-humored and upbeat, as captured in their writings and drawings [read what they have to say for themselves, below]. The next round of assignments will include lessons in Science and Math with worksheets developed by former FPVI Fellows who have just completed their first year in college.

Conquering my fear of heights

by Angelo

This pandemic time has a positive side if we look more closely. For me, it has made me discover many things about me that I never knew I could do. I have made a rose out of pieces of straw, a beautiful flower pot using bamboo, and I could climb a tall coconut tree despite my fear of heights to get coconut for a dish that my sister was going to prepare. Most surprising of all is discovering that I am now strong enough to lift a sack of rice!  --- entry in Angelo’s journal, June 21, 2020

Life goes on amidst the pandemic

by Lyka

Today I received the care package from FPVI again. I am so very happy because there’s a new sketch pad, a new book that is so amazing. There are also pens and markers and crayons; bath soap and hand sanitizing gel; milk, biscuits and milo. And a new set of reading comprehension exercises. I am very thankful! --- entry in Lyka’s Journal, June 2, 2020

If there's a will, there's a way: Serenading in the time of Covid19

by Lucky

There are many rules for everyone to follow to avoid getting the Covid-19 virus---wearing a mask, keeping a safe distance from one another, observing curfew hours, staying at home as much as possible. It is good to follow these rules because they are for our own good. I hope that a vaccine for Covid-19 virus can be discovered soon because I want to go back to school. --- entry in Marky’s journal, June 4, 2020

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