The pandemic caused by COVID-19 has dealt a severe blow to public health, the economy, and society in general. What’s more, it has hit the most vulnerable people the hardest.
At Itaka-Escolapios, we are well aware of this situation. We all know people who have got sick, who have seen their economic income reduced, and whom isolation has affected on a personal level.
The Itaka-Escolapios social projects have also been affected by the pandemic: it has forced us to paralyze our boarding schools’ activity, our sociocultural centers, and to close schools. Economic income has fallen, and we have even had to postpone the start of new social projects.
On the other hand, however, the Itaka-Escolapios network has not “shut down” at any time. We have continued responding, in a creative way, to the demands of the society.
For example, we have continued:
- Running the Calasanz movement activities online.
- Offering homes to homeless people during the isolation period.
- Promoting online school support.
- Fighting against the digital divide.
- Collecting and distributing food.
- Running food banks to feed the population.
- and more.
Currently, the Itaka-Escolapios network is present in 16 countries.
Below, we offer you the testimony of several children and young people who describe the situation they are experiencing as well as the answer we are giving as Itaka-Escolapios, a Pious school.
You can also collaborate by becoming a volunteer for one of our social projects, or by making financial contributions to Itaka-Escolapios.