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Christel House South Africa closed until further notice following declaration of national state of disaster

Dear Christel House friends, parents and supporters

On Sunday, 15 March, President Cyril Ramaphosa officially declared a national state of disaster due to the coronavirus, COVID-19, global pandemic. The President has since extended the lockdown and our school is closed until further notice as we follow national guidelines.

In collaboration with global and national efforts, Christel House SA will be closed for this period and we have put practical measures into place to mitigate the physical, emotional and academic effects on our children and their families as best possible.

As a supporter, you will know that Christel House is more than just a school. We provide a host of critical services to our children – from daily nutrition to healthcare and social services. No doubt, the closing of our school is more impactful on our learners and our vulnerable, under-served communities than the closure of other better resourced schools. As such, we are glad to announce that the Christel House's national and international leadership, teachers and staff are maintaining a robust strategy to ensure that our students have access to sufficient educational resources (both e-learning and workbooks), health and food supplies, and social support during these uncertain times. Our children remain our utmost priority.

Although our “schools” are closed, “Christel House” remains in operation and staff are available and contactable via their mobile phones and email accounts. Where possible, regular work schedules and obligations continue.

Thank you to all our committed donors, suppliers, parents and friends for continuing to support Christel House’s students – and staying the course no matter the circumstances. Together we continue to transform the lives of our students.
Adri Marais
CEO | Christel House South Africa

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