India continues to have the second highest rate of COVID infections in the world, and while the country has embarked on what they say will be a wide-scale vaccination program, it's unclear when and how the vaccinations will happen for high poverty families and those in rural areas like many of the TIG families live in. Its also unclear when the economy and tourism will improve so our families can go back to work. As a result, we continue to send semi-monthly allocations to the families to purchase food. Since April the total food allocations to date amount to $22,541, more than half of our annual budget. We anticipate needing to send food allocation support through the remainder of 2021.
Despite the difficult learning conditions caused by the pandemic, we are thrilled to report that all our high school students successfully passed their December mid-year state exams with scores ranging from 92% to 75%. We’re particularly pleased that our investment in a smart phone and data plan for each family allowed the high school students to be so successful while attending school remotely. They were able to learn new technology skills and now directly communicate with TIG as tech savvy teenagers!