by Sun Hee Kim
Like many projects and even businesses, Light the Life Candles project faced a big challenge during the Covid pandemic. The mothers were forced to stop working when the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was implemented by the government. They had to stay at home without any income and their husbands were not much different. They had no choice but to rely on cash aid and relief packs from the government, but even this was not sufficiently distributed. This situation lasted for several months. It was during this time that I proposed to the Columbans to help this community. I suggested that we distribute food subsidies and prepare the learning center so that the children could have access to internet and join their online classes. Thankfully it was approved and these families gratefully received aid for several months.
Our work resumed when the quarantine regulation was eased, but we continued to experience financial struggles because there were no orders from our customers who were focused on buying essentials. The majority of our orders come from churches, and of course, they remained closed. Despite this, we resumed our work. Instead of closing completely, we decided to cut down the working hours. This ensured that the women still had some money to buy food for their families.
|The Learning Center Pre-Pandemic|