Working, shopping, or travelling – the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our daily lives in unprecedented ways. It is not only a health crisis but also a social and economic crisis. From hundreds and thousands of business closures to millions of jobs lost, the COVID-19 crisis has set us back on decades of progress in tackling global poverty.
Since the pandemic began, governments and private sectors have been supporting their people to survive this pandemic, be it financially or psychologically. However, during most times, we have been focusing a lot on supporting the adults – small business owners, working moms, doctors, etc. – whereby we might have neglected children. Hence, for today’s article, let’s talk about children.
It is common for parents to think that children should be protected from the realities of adult life, which occasionally include money concerns. Unfortunately, despite the parent’s best effort, some children are very perceptive and are more likely to pick up on their parents’ anxieties and worries. Studies reveal that 68% of children or adolescents tend to worry about their parents not having enough money, leading them to experience financial stress as well.
Nowadays, one thing that might be prominent to children is the closure of stationery shops during the lockdown. For children from more privileged families, they could easily buy stationeries from online stores through Shopee or Lazada. However, this might not be the case for children whose parents have been affected by the pandemic. Other than essential necessities, financially tight parents might not have the extra budget to spend on stationery and delivery fees. Plus, children who can sense their parents’ financial worries might not even bring up the issue that they need new stationeries. Not to mention that some stationeries can be quite pricey as well.
Compared to a bag of rice that could feed the whole family for a month, a box of colour pencils that cost roughly the same price doesn’t seem so affordable anymore, right?
Therefore, as a team, Nairenon offered a helping hand to a few children from a primary school in Bangi by donating new stationeries, exercise books, and art blocks. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to help these children in need, and hopefully this initiative could help them feel less stress and enjoy school reopening more. Lastly, we would also like to wish the children all the best in their studies and hope they pass all exams with flying colours!
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If you wish to know more about this project or would like to donate, you can contact us at https://www.nairenon.com/contact-us.