Many things unite us in life: music, creativity, love, loss and tragedy. Unfortunately, in recent times it has been tragedy and chaos that has united us globally. A few months ago, everyone’s lives around the world changed drastically, when we first found out about Coronavirus. When once we were free to roam, to see our loved ones, be close to people, gather in groups, be outside; we were told that we were to stay inside, away from the outside world and all those we care about. Many people have had job losses, worries for family members and friends, anxiety about their relationships and mental health issues. The coronavirus has affected us all, no matter who we are, where we are from - it has not discriminated against races, ages, backgrounds, experiences - it has been brutal and we are all suffering from the same things. We are united.
For some people, this time is a chance to relax, to reflect and spend time with family members that we rarely see due to our busy lives. I know I have had more video calls with loved ones these past few months than I have in all my years living abroad. This is a chance for all of us to take a break and slow down - a chance many of us don’t give ourselves normally. Some people have taken up new hobbies, learning a new skill or just practicing a skill needing fine tuned.
However, others do not find this time as relaxing and they are struggling with the lack of structure, routine and inability to explore as they usually do. With this in mind, knowing how important it is to stay mentally healthy, we asked people in our different programs to share how they are coping with lockdown & coronavirus. We asked some of the PFCF programs to get in touch with their pupils and staff, encouraging them to send a photo or video of how they are keeping mentally healthy and positive during these trying times. These photos and videos will make up a ‘Coronavirus Survival Guide’, which we hope to show globally to inspire others to stay as positive as possible in these difficult circumstances.
Sarah Bain, English teacher, KTMP, Thailand
Sarah's "survival" technique.
Students from the Joudour Sahara Music program in Morocco, practicing from home:
Zakaria, age 15.
Anas, age 15.
Lockdown music video, Khlong Toey Music Program, Thailand:
Students from KTMP music program perform a song from home.
Students from the Ubuntu Music, Rwanda program practicing from home:
Jacques, Kigali, Rwanda
Robert and family from home