June 2020The situation in Darjeeling is still very tense, but only isolated cases of Covid-19-infected persons have been reported. Although the number of infected people in India is rising sharply and there is no end in sight, the government has relaxed the strict lockdown to strengthen the economy. Especially the return of many migrant workers from the big cities to their villages increased the risk of transmission. Schools are still closed nationwide, but it is very remarkable how committed our teachers, students and parents are to communicating and trying to organize a piece of the school life through WhatsApp. Writing competition in May 2020 In May there was even an otherwise usual monthly competition. All pupils were invited to take part in the penmanship competition. When I was asked to help make the decision and was sent more than 100 writing samples in English and Nepali via WhatsApp, I had to give up helplessly. Environment Week in June 2020 Another highlight of each school year is the annual Environment Week in Darjeeling, which was cancelled this year due to the pandemic. Our school has participated in the past years with tree and flower planting campaigns, garbage collection and rallies. Our student Pragya organized his own planting action and sent a greeting to all teachers and students. Diyanshu from Class 6 gave a speech. We had permission to put it on the web: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsVRzaJ9_o0.Our teacher Mrs Nilu Rai wrote: Hello namaste everyone, I want to share a small thing which really touched my heart this morning. My happiness knew no bound to see our little Pragya sending his friends a picture of him planting a plant in his village with a message written "Happy environment Day to all". How happy and cheerful he looked! What really strike me is: Only God knows in what conditions he is living with his family... but he hasn't forgotten the education, culture and values he has got from our St. Anthony's School. Today I'm really feeling worth teaching to such beautiful heard children. Each one of them is special in their own way. Happy Environment Day to all of you! One of our three new teachers gave her class 4 students the task to make something from waste products. The students sent photos of their products. We are still in close contact with our headmaster Rohit Andrew Pradhan (Andy). By the way, he would have arrived in Düsseldorf on 24.06. to celebrate the 10th school anniversary in Dortmund with us on 26.06. We hope that we can make up for our celebrations next year in the best of health in a corona-free time. In Darjeeling more and more people are getting into financial difficulties, because many people are working as day labourers and they can hardly find work at the moment. Our construction workers still had a lot to do with the painting of the outer facade. The school building is now looking good. The administration in Darjeeling and some private companies support needy people with food. In order to relieve the families of our students, we pay the monthly school fees for all students (not only for those who are supported by sponsors). Thus our teachers, helpers and the caretaker receive their salary. I would like to pass on the heartfelt thanks of our teachers to you. You make this possible through your donations.