On 24th March, the Government of India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a nationwide lockdown for 21 days, limiting movement of the entire 1.3 billion population of India as a preventive measure against the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in India. It was ordered after a 14-hour voluntary public curfew on 22 March, followed by enforcement of a series of regulations in the country's COVID-19 affected regions.
On 14 April, PM Modi extended the nationwide lockdown until 3 May, with a conditional relaxation after 20 April for the regions where the spread has been contained.
At the moment, in all our four educational centres, almost all the children and staff have been sent home and await the latest news from the Indian government. The ones who are orphans and those that have come from Mizoram, Tripura State – about 100 in total are being looked after safely in our boarding houses in Chaparda.
Also, all the elderly are still in our homes as they have nowhere to go. They are all safe and happy. The whole Chaparda complex has been locked down in the sense that no new person can enter the complex hence minimising any chances of infecting the residents in case they are suffering from COVID-19. It is a disruptive, dangerous and deadly threat and of course, a worrying time for all. As the school and boarding houses are empty, the school management is doing a thorough cleaning of all the buildings and any renovations before everyone returns. It is also anticipated that washing hands and some social distancing will need to be enforced once the students return. In this quick developing situation, we will need to remain flexible. We thank our friends, supporters, and really everyone who loves BEHT projects and want everyone to remain safe & healthy.