Lily Lee, President & Director of Social Concern Ministry Department | 10/20/2020
Due to the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the lockdown and social distancing policies since mid-March this year, most organizations have reduced or simplified their ministries. However, due to the dire circumstances and urgent needs of our clients, we have increased our services instead, like the village visitations, food subsidies and financial assistance programs.
Architectural drawing of
Pleroma Secondary School for Girls
Though the COVID-19 cases rate is not very high, like most of the Southeast Asian countries, the resulting surge of the unemployment and downturn of economy forced most of the urban families to move back to their original provinces to seek works for their livelihood. However, the school-aged girls are being hit the hardest. As they have been less valued for schooling all along, they are forced back home to do more domestic works, marry at a younger age and bear children earlier, besides missing out the only nutritious meal of the day at school. As a result, they are more susceptible to become victims of domestic violence and sexual abuses. It is not unexpected that they would be forced to stop attending schools altogether even after the schools’ reopening.
Besides, according to reports like those from World Vision, the pandemic encourages the surge of human trafficking such as domestic servant-hood, child-labors, forced marriages, sexual exploitations, etc. These criminal activities bring not only physical, mental, emotional and sexual damages, but also cause the rise of drunkenness, drug trafficking and drug abuses. The pandemic also makes it extra difficult for the government institutions, as well as the private organizations that have mostly forced to evacuate back to their home countries, to follow-up and deliver assistance and medical help. This already vulnerable group has become even more vulnerable. Hence, girls’ education and the construction of our girls’ high school become even more urgent.
Debbie Choy, Field Director of PMC Signed
contract on 10/9/2020 with the construction
company to build the school
During these dangerously high-risk days in August and September, one after another, our PMC missionaries flew back to their mission field. They continue to work hard on our secondary school construction project. After successfully completing all the preparation works, such as obtaining governmental building permit, we have signed a US$1.22million construction contract with our contractor last week on October 9. This is the same contractor who built our elementary school five years ago. The construction commencement day will be the last week of October.
In order to encourage more friends to donate to our girls’ school construction, a few donors have set aside a sum of US$100,000 as a one-to-one Matching Fund, to double our supporters’ donation amount. This matching fund promotion is good until December 31, 2020. We prayerfully hope that we would be able to reach our fundraising target for installment payments starting end of October.
The challenge of this girls’ school construction project is huge and beyond our abilities, we can only lift it up to our God to bless us with the vision and provision in accomplishing the project!
Co-laboring with you in Christ,
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