The first cases of covid in Angola were reported on March 21, 2020. As of August 26, 2020, there have been 2,283 active cases. 977 of those infected have recovered and 102 have passed away. At the beginning of March, the Angolan government instituted the same types of lockdown restrictions as are in place here in Canada.
We rejoice that God answered our prayers for the safety of our special Hope and Angels children. He has kept them covered with His shield of protection. All 124 of them are healthy at this time.
During the covid restrictions, our Hope and Angels children have been unable to attend school. Our children in Mupa are staying in quarantine at the Orphanage/Boarding School. They are spending their time planting, weeding and caring for a large vegetable garden. The children in Luanda are in isolation at their homes. However, Hope and Angels volunteers are keeping in touch with them and assessing the needs of both the children and their families.
We continue to stand on God’s promises for the safety of the children:
“The Lord is your keeper. The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in,
From this time forth and even forevermore.”
Psalm 121: 5-8
Donations from compassionate Canadian supporters meant that all our special children in Luanda and their families received food supplies in June, 2020 from Hope and Angels Foundation. These food donations couldn’t have arrived at a better time and were received with great joy and gratitude by these Angolan families.
Throughout the covid pandemic, the support received from faithful donours has also meant that the teachers and the cook at Hope and Angels School in Luanda have continued to receive their salary. This display of appreciation to these dedicated employees has sent a clear message that their efforts with the children are greatly recognized and valued.
The staff at Hope and Angels School is working diligently at this time developing safety plans for the reopening of the school. As soon as the Angolan government lifts covid restrictions, everything will be in place to have the children return to our special school in Luanda.
Two times in the month of May during the lockdown, God moved on the hearts of compassionate good samaritans in Luanda. They brought boxes of food, including 600 dinner rolls, to our Hope and Angels school. That food was then distributed to families by Hope and Angels volunteers. All the families of our special children received these blessings.
A mother cried out to Hope and Angels Foundation for a wheelchair for her 12 year old daughter, Claudia. Stricken with meningitis at an early age, Claudia is now unable to walk or talk. The mother was no longer able to carry her daughter on her back to physiotherapy sessions. In desperation, she sent out a plea that fell on the compassionate ears of Hope and Angels volunteers. Generous donours answered the call and a wheelchair was delivered to the child’s home in Angola. This mother now beams with delight every day when she is able to put Claudia into a wheelchair and push her to her physiotherapy appointments. It’s the mother’s hope that one day her daughter will be able to walk again.
Esperanca and Cidalia Lopes, member of the Board of Directors, recently appeared on OMNI TV News in Toronto. They were interviewed by TV host, Sergio Mourato, concerning Claudia’s situation and needs.
Everyone who has shown loving support towards Claudia will be delighted to know she has remained healthy and well throughout the covid lockdown.
During this period of isolation, the staff at Hope and Angels Foundation has been monitoring her situation. Here is a photo taken recently of their visit with Claudia at her home.
Thank you Hope and Angels donours!! Due to your generosity, Paulo in Luanda has a chance for a brighter tomorrow. It was a Hope and Angels volunteer who first came in contact with Paulo. He was 15 years old and on the streets of Luanda. He was begging for food and trying to polish shoes in order to make a small amount of money. Paulo’s life was full of rejection and abuse due to his physical appearance. He had been enrolled in school. But he was severely bullied by his peers and this forced him to discontinue his schooling. In addition, his father lost his job and was no longer able to pay for Paulo’s school fees.
A Hope and Angels volunteer recognized that Paulo needed medical assistance. Donours reached out to Paulo and covered the cost of his medical bills. Now he has a hopeful future -- he’s returning to school in order to fulfill his dream of achieving his academic goals.