Alfalit's expenses have increased to accommodate the technical support and materials required to work from home. More of our budget has been allocated to intensive weekly cleanings, sanitizers, social distancing measures and other materials for staff who come into the office on a rotational basis. Staff, teacher and student safety is top priority.
While some local programs have been suspended, Alfalit Conversational English (ACE) classes in the Miami area are slowly starting again as we continue to serve the largely Haitian and Latino immigrant community, with tentative start dates for Creole and Spanish literacy classes. Alfalit also works with the migrant population, who may struggle to afford basic sanitary and food items and are often removed from the mainstream of information due to language barriers.
With demand for food and healthcare on the rise in light of the pandemic, many of our students find themselves pausing their education in order to take care of their families. At home and abroad, Alfalit is distributing safety pamphlets, mental health referrals, food, and more to ensure our student and community wellbeing. We have handed out over 3,000 masks thanks to an anonymous donor. Materials are running out faster than we can re-stock them and we are working around the clock to supply what we can. We are currently in need of masks, sanitizers, food, and funds to cover the expenses of disseminating the most up-to-date and accurate information about the virus, its symptoms and prevention in Spanish and Haitian Creole.