Effects of COVID 19 Pandemic on VPM
COVID 19 virus hit VPM like an explosion as it did to many other organizations. It was a bomb to VPM because it stopped instantly VPM local incomes from rent that support salaries of the VPM staff. These rents come from tenants of both lucky summer and students of Maseno University. Tenants at lucky summer lost their jobs abruptly and could no longer be able to pay their monthly rents. On the other side, all universities in Kenya, including Maseno University, closed again abruptly thus students were released to leave university compounds in the efforts to fight COVID19. We quickly made all of VPM UK Trustees aware of the urgent predicament facing VPM due to the COVID 19 pandemic. We want to thank Mr William Ascough VPM UK Trustee and Mr Handley Hammond, VPM supporter for taking quick initiative to raise an urgent appeal for funds from UK supporters. This redeemed the situation for 2 months and we are back from where VPM were in need of VPM staff salaries. This is because our tenants of lucky summer have not yet recovered from the job losses, many lodging into different businesses to feed their families but cannot afford to pay monthly rent. These tenants are promising to pay VPM their rents once their economic situations improve because they are still occupying our houses.
Meanwhile VPM still lingers in trouble of losing all our local income that supported our running costs of salaries. Please VPM supporters, VPM staffs are counting on your support for their upkeep with our families during this difficult time of COVID 19 pandemic. We want also to thank all supporters who responded to the fundraising appeal to VPM by Mr William Ascough, VPM UK Trustee and Mr Handley Hammond of Epsom Baptist Church. We appreciate you all our beloved supporters so much for stretching your hands deeper to come to the help of the helpers at VPM. May the lord bless you and extend your boundaries that you never lack because of your gracious giving to VPM. We welcome more supporters; please remember VPM staff in your prayers they need a loving hands of friends around them.